The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) is adding three new non-executive members to its board as it prepares to introduce a new approach to overseeing consumer standards.
The agency was tasked with developing a new consumer regulatory regime as part of the government’s Social Housing White Paper, published last November. This will include a new code of practice on what landlords are expected to deliver and routine inspections of providers every four years.
It is part of what the government says is a commitment to “improve the lived experience of social housing tenants”.
The new RSH board members are: Geoff Smyth, the former chief operating officer of TalkTalk; Kalpesh Brahmbhatt, currently a senior consultant at PwC who has worked with UK regulators; and Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, chair of regeneration at the London Legacy Development Corporation and former board member at Home Group and Swan Housing Association.
They will serve on the regulator’s board for three years, starting on 1 July.
Simon Dow, interim chair at the RSH, said that together the three bring a “wide range of skills and experience from a number of different backgrounds”.
He added: “These appointments will support the RSH in maintaining confidence in the viability and stability of the social housing sector, and provide us with invaluable experience as we develop our proactive consumer regulation role.”
The RSH’s board was formed after the agency became a standalone body following the dissolution of the Homes and Communities Agency in 2018.
With the new additions, the board will consist of 11 people – which includes the regulator’s chief executive Fiona MacGregor.
Mr Dow, a former chief executive of the Guinness Partnership, was appointed interim chair of the RSH’s regulation committee in early 2018 having initially only expected to be in place for a year following the departure of Julian Ashby.
The government is in the process of finding a permanent chair for the regulator, having launched a search at the time the Social Housing White Paper was published last year.
Applications are currently being assessed by a three-strong panel, with a final interview date yet to be confirmed, according to the Cabinet Office’s online vacancies page. The role pays £65,000 a year for “up to” two days per week.