Kingdom Housing Association elects new chair



Kingdom Housing Association has announced the election of Linda Leslie as chair of the Association.

Linda Leslie

Linda has been a board member with Kingdom since September 2015, and joint vice chair for the last two years and succeeds Freya Lees who stepped down as chair after having served for five years.

Linda is also a member of Kingdom’s Policy Sub Committee and in addition to being a Kingdom Housing Association board member has been a director with Kingdom’s subsidiary, Kingdom Support and Care, since 2018.

Having worked in the sector for over 30 years Linda is an experienced housing professional whose career has included front line service delivery, regulation, policy development and legislation and implementing new measures to improve housing standards at a national level.

Linda is passionate about the delivery of excellent customer services and the provision of high quality, affordable homes, which she feels is absolutely necessary to reduce poverty, enhance aspirations and help grow strong communities.

Speaking about her announcement as chair, Linda said: “I am delighted and proud to be elected by my fellow board members as chair of Kingdom Housing Association. I feel I have gained valuable experience at a strategic level over my last six years on the board and I look forward to adding to this through the role as chair. Kingdom is an innovative organisation, with an ambitious strategic plan and I look forward to the part I can play in delivering this.”

Linda added: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank Freya for her five years of leadership and I’m very pleased that she will be remaining on the board and will be able to support me as chair. I am really looking forward to continuing to work with Freya, Laurie, the other board members, and the management team over the next year.”

Although Freya Lees has stepped down as chair, she was elected as joint vice chair at Kingdom’s October board meeting. Freya congratulated Linda and said: “I am very pleased that Linda has been elected as chair. I feel her leadership, scrutiny skills and experience will be a great benefit to Kingdom.”

Laurie Naumann, a founding board member of Kingdom, has also been re-elected as joint vice chair, a role he has held for many years. Laurie said: “I would like to congratulate Linda on her appointment as chair. I’m sure she will be excellent in this role and will make a significant contribution to our objectives and the objectives of the RSL sector in general.”



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