Cestria Community Housing has appointed Sharon Sykes as scheme manager for its new flagship assisted-living scheme The Elms.
She will be the main point of contact for residents of the £6.5m development of 52 apartments and six bungalows for rent and sale – as well as managing the building, which is situated near the centre of Chester-le-Street.
Sharon has previously worked for other North-East housing companies and oversaw the opening of an extra care scheme in Houghton-le-Spring.
She said: “The experience I gained during my previous roles will be invaluable when it comes to the opening and successful running of The Elms.
“My focus is on helping to create a really vibrant and positive community, offering help and support when needed while still promoting independence.”