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THERE’S a new man at the helm of County Durham housing association Cestria Community Housing.

Chairman David Butler joins the board after the departure of Paul Tinnion, who has stepped down after nearly six years as chairman of the board and the previous shadow board.

Mr Butler’s impressive track record in housing covers more than 40 years, including 15 years as director of housing at Newcastle City Council and 10 as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

He began his career in 1966 at Birmingham City Council and worked at Tynemouth Borough Council, North Tyneside and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councils before joining Newcastle in 1982 as deputy director of Housing.

He was appointed director in 1984 and became president of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1992/93, then chief executive in October 1998.

Since retiring, he has acted as an adviser to Dunelm Property Services, part of the Esh Group of companies, and a member of the North East Council of the Learning and Skills Council.

“I am delighted to join Cestria Community Housing as its chariman,” he said.

“I believe our role is reflected in our name – Cestria Community Housing – helping people find decent homes and providing services which benefit the community. That’s at the heart of what we do and has never been more important.”