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Joy to spearhead development and investment programme

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Joy Whinnerah at one of Broadacres newest housing developments in Richmond, North Yorkshire

A housing association has appointed its new Director tasked with overseeing the building of 1,250 affordable homes across North Yorkshire over the next five years.

Joy Whinnerah is the new Director of Development and Investment at Broadacres.

The 38-year-old has joined the organisation from another housing association Home Group, where she was Head of Delivery for the North East and North Yorkshire.

This is a new role created by Broadacres as part of its new strategy and vision to become the best rural housing association in the country.

Mum-of-one Joy, who lives in Hartlepool, has worked in housing all her career, starting with Kexgill Student Accommodation before moving to Stockton Borough Council and then to North Star Housing Group. When she joined Home Group she was involved in several high-profile projects including the Gateshead Innovation Village and the launch of Persona, the Association’s sales brand.

Joy, who leads a development team of ten, says: “I am delighted to have joined Broadacres at a very exciting time for the Association.

“Over the next five years we are committed to building 1,250 new homes across North Yorkshire, as well as ensuring our existing properties remain fit for purpose and addressing issues such as affordable warmth.

“Broadacres is renowned for delivering schemes that others can’t and, just as importantly, which make a tangible difference in communities.

“So, this is about providing schemes from the one home that will enable a grandson to remain in a village where generations of his family have lived, to bigger schemes with many homes in market towns that help support the rural economy.

“Broadacres doesn’t just build houses and then walk away; we have a vested interest in ensuring our communities remain sustainable and that our homes stand the test of time.”

Gail Teasdale, Chief Executive of Broadacres Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to have been able to attract someone of Joy’s calibre to the Association; her experience, drive and enthusiasm will prove invaluable as we seek to realise our vision of becoming the best rural housing association in the country.”