A housing association in Greater Manchester has named a new chief executive.
Oldham-based First Choice Homes Oldham has appointed Donna Cezair as chief executive (picture: Getty)
First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has appointed Donna Cezair to lead the organisation.
Ms Cezair will join the 11,000-home landlord having previously led Valleys to Coast Housing Association in South Wales as chief executive in 2019.
She has 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, starting her career as a housing officer in 1989 and later launching her own consultancy business providing strategic advice to companies.
Ms Cezair will replace interim chief executive Keith Wrate, who took over following the resignation of Vincent Roche in April 2020.
Ms Cezair said: “It’s a really exciting time for Oldham and the wider Greater Manchester region due to brilliant partnership working around regeneration and economic development.
“I want FCHO to play a bigger part in this by working with our partners to strengthen relationships and help develop the area and support to residents, which will continue to make Oldham a fantastic place to live and work.”
Ged Lucas, chair of FCHO, said: “I am delighted to announce that Donna is joining us at FCHO. We had 38 people interested in the role, which we whittled down to five great candidates who went through the recruitment process, but her previous track record, experience in housing and strategic vision really impressed us.
“At FCHO our staff are our greatest asset and what we also loved about Donna is her passion, drive and commitment to employee culture and leading staff to perform to their best potential.”