This week’s AGM also marked the retirement of our much valued Chair Andy Jones. Andy had been a Chair for 5 years and board member for 9 years.

Andy Jones said…

“It has been a real privilege being involved with MHA since transfer. Firstly on the funding side and since September 2014 as a board member with the last 5 years as chair.

The journey since transfer of the housing stock from MCC on 21st January 2008 has been hugely positive with the new organisation going from strength to strength despite challenges along the way. I have no doubt that MHA has a bright future and one I will watch with interest.

Finally, I would like to thank my fellow board members, the executive team and all of the staff at the organisation for their unstinting application in our journey to achieve our vision and I wish you all, and MHA, ongoing success”.

John Keegan thanked Andy for the contribution he has made, not only in his time at MHA but to the housing sector in a stellar career.  Andy leaves behind a huge legacy from roles as a finance professional where he was responsible for looking after in excess of 30 social housing clients with a lending book in excess of £1bn and board member of several UK housing associations.

Andy welcomed his successor Tony Deakin, who had previously served as Vice Chair and has been appointed MHA’s new Chair.

John Keegan, MHA CEO said …

 “Andy Jones’s appointment to MHA’s board in 2014 developed from a successful working relationship built on trust and respect; Andy was an obvious candidate to become a board member, moving on to Chair after 4 years.

As Chair, his vast experience and expertise has been key to helping stabilise and steer our business through challenges such as the recent pandemic and current economic crisis.

MHA’s supportive culture has very much come from the top and Andy has been instrumental in its creation.  Setting the tone for the kind of organisation we want to be and how we treat our staff and customers.

Andy’s departure is tinged with sadness, but he is retiring with the respect and  affection of staff and board member.  We wish him a long and happy retirement.”