The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has appointed Kate Dodsworth to the newly created role of director of consumer regulation.
Kate Dodsworth, chief executive of Gateway Housing, will join the RSH later this year as its new director of consumer regulation
Ms Dodsworth, who is currently chief executive of 3,100-home association Gateway Housing in east London, will join the regulator in the summer.
In the role, she will support the organisation’s delivery of the new proactive consumer regulation regime set out in the government’s Social Housing White Paper.
The long-awaited document, published in November, set out a vision for the new function established by the RSH to be “proactive, proportionate, outcome-focused and risk-based”.
This would include routine inspections of large landlords every four years – something that the regulator’s chair, Simon Dow, last month pledged would not be “back to the future” in terms of past approaches to inspection.
Ms Dodsworth, who began her housing career focusing on homelessness and rough sleeping, has previously worked at the National Housing Federation and Optivo.
She is a founding member of the Leadership 2025 initiative, which was set up to address diversity gaps in housing leadership, and she is a trustee of the charity taking this work forward.
Commenting on the announcement, Fiona MacGregor, chief executive of the RSH, said: “Kate brings with her strong experience of working with tenants and effectively listening to the tenant voice to shape and influence services in her various roles as well as deep knowledge of the social housing sector.
“We are delighted she will be joining us as director of consumer regulation which is an extremely important role in our implementation of the white paper and the proactive consumer regulation regime that sets out.”
Ms Dodsworth said: “I’m honoured to take on this new role within the Regulator of Social Housing. Proactive consumer regulation will support a culture change which puts tenants at the centre of social housing. Having advocated this throughout my career, I’m really excited to join RSH at this time and lead the delivery of some of the white paper aspirations.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Homes England, the government’s housing delivery agency, revealing that chief executive Nick Walkley would depart the organisation at the end of February.