Gloucester City Homes Appoints New Chair

Following a rigorous recruitment process involving customers, colleagues and representatives from local partners, Gloucester City Homes is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Bond as its new Chair of the Board.

Maria will take on the role as Chair from 10th November 2022 as the current Chair, Asif Bhatti’s, term comes to an end.

Maria has been a GCH Board member since 2021 and is currently chair of our Investment & Development Committee.

Maria has always lived in Gloucestershire and is passionate about the County. She has strong local roots and many connections with the communities within which GCH operates, she has a good understanding of both the challenges and opportunities that exist.

Maria is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has worked extensively within the construction sector. In addition, Maria has 13-years Non Executive experience, gained within the higher education sector and until recently at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust where she was the Chair of Quality Committee and Deputy Chair of Audit and Risk Committee.

Maria lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire with her husband, their three children and two dogs. Her interests include spending quality time with her family, walking her dogs, travel, construction and mental health.

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Guy Stenson, Chief Executive and Maria Bond, New Chair

Guy Stenson, Chief Executive at GCH says:

“We look forward to welcoming Maria as our new Chair in November. Maria’s experience and passion for social housing is a great fit for the role and we look forward to welcoming her in what is a challenging time for everyone.

I would like to thank Asif both for the support he has offered me personally since I joined GCH earlier this year but also for his leadership of the organisation over the last four years, a challenging time but a period during which GCH has achieved so much to improve the way we support customers to thrive and have invested heavily in improving homes and communities across Gloucester.”

Maria Bond, New Chair of the GCH Board adds:

“I am passionate about improving the quality of housing for the population of Gloucestershire so am delighted to accept this great opportunity to lead the Board at a housing organisation that really has its customers at the heart.

Taking over this role in the current climate is going to be challenging but I aim to turn this into motivation to deliver a valuable service to all GCH customers when it matters most.”

Asif Bhatti, Current Chair of the GCH Board says:

“It has been a privilege to serve as the Chair of the GCH Board, I am immensely proud to have worked with all of you, your passion and unrelenting focus on the wellbeing of GCH tenants and the wider community truly sets GCH apart.

Thank you all for your hard work and making me feel so welcome. I look forward to watching GCH’s progress from a far.”