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Leeds-based BME housing association Unity Homes & Enterprise has made Cedric Boston its new chief executive.

Cedric Boston is the new chief executive of Unity Homes & Enterprise (picture: Unity Homes & Enterprise)

Cedric Boston is the new chief executive of Unity Homes & Enterprise (picture: Unity Homes & Enterprise)

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Leeds-based BME housing association Unity Homes & Enterprise has made Cedric Boston, who has 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector, its new chief executive #UKhousing #SocialHousingFinance


Mr Boston took over as Unity’s interim chief executive in December 2020, when Ali Akbor was appointed to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry panel.

After 30 years of experience in the social housing sector, Mr Boston joined the 1,300-home association following a stint as chief executive of Arhag, a London-based BME association.

Mr Boston was also director of housing services at Lambeth Living with responsibility for the provision of operational services to 65,000 people. He read law and politics at Keele University, was called to the bar in 1985 and is currently studying part-time for an Open University degree in classical history.



He said: “As well as supporting Unity through the pandemic, my role over the past nine months has included helping the board to refine its vision and mission, developing a new business corporate plan and leading staff through the initial phases of a change agenda.

“I look forward to building on these achievements and having the opportunity to broaden our external partnership work through building new alliances.

“Everything that Unity does flows from its social purpose which is focused on fighting inequality and empowering BME people to improve their lives.

“These will be my guiding principles in the years ahead.”

Unity Homes & Enterprise was set up in 1987 to meet the housing needs of BME people in Leeds.

Shruti Bhargava, chair of Unity’s board, said: “We are delighted to appoint Cedric as chief executive of Unity Homes & Enterprise.

“He was one of five very diverse shortlisted candidates who went through a rigorous assessment centre and final interview process.

“Cedric is committed to Unity, cares deeply about it and what it does for our communities. He also wants the best outcomes for the organisation and its staff.

“Cedric has a compelling vision for Unity, and we are confident in the approach he will take to deliver it.”

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