New chief for housing company

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EAST Durham Homes (EDH) has appointed a new boss.

Michael Doyle will take over as the interim chief executive and provide the overall strategic direction and leadership to the company, which manages Durham County Council’s houses at arms length.

Mr Doyle has been EDH’s director of neighbourhood services for more than five years and replaces Paul Mains, who will take up a new role at South Tyneside Homes next year.

Meanwhile, the council could transfer 8,000 properties to a new group of landlords.

If the idea is accepted by the Government, EDH and Dale and Valley Homes, along with Durham City Homes (its in-house provider), would take ownership of the houses as well as their management.

Paul Morgan, chairman of EDH, said: “The board has made an excellent choice in appointing Michael as our new interim chief executive.

“Having worked for East Durham Homes for over five years, he has an in-depth knowledge of the needs and aspirations of our customers and staff, and will be able to continue to lead the company through the stock transfer process.”

Mr Doyle said: “I am really looking forward to starting my role and building on the great foundations laid by Paul Mains.

“I am confident that with the continued support of our management team, staff, board, customers, the council and our partners, we can continue to build on our success.”