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Housing 21, the specialist provider of retirement accommodation, has appointed a former Platform Housing Group executive as its new permanent finance boss.

Andy Howarth will take up the role of chief financial officer at the 18,000-property group next Thursday

Andy Howarth will take up the role of chief financial officer at the 18,000-property group next Thursday

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Housing 21, the specialist provider of retirement accommodation, has appointed a former Platform Housing Group executive as its new permanent finance boss #UKhousing #SocialHousingFinance


Andy Howarth, who has spent the last year as interim finance director at WHG, will take up the role of chief financial officer at the 18,000-property group next Thursday (1 April).

Mr Howarth spent a year and a half as finance director at Platform Housing Group before leaving in March last year. Prior to that he was executive director of finance at Fortis Living. He worked at Worcester Community Housing and Coastline Housing earlier in his career.



At Housing 21 Mr Howarth will take the reins from Simon Mellor, who is currently interim chief financial officer.

Housing 21’s previous finance boss, Paul Weston, left in January after eight and a half years to join London-based Shepherds Bush Housing Association.

Last December the Birmingham-based provider revealed plans to convert its affordable rent homes to social rent, which is expected to cost at least £2.5m a year.

Bruce Moore, chief executive of Housing 21, told Social Housing that it was part of a move that the landlord hoped would allow it to regain its G1 status from the regulator. It currently has a G2/V1 rating.

In its last reported full-year, to March 2020, Housing 21 posted a surplus of £17.3m off a turnover of £192.3m.

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