Trafford Housing Trust

Trafford Housing Trust prepares for ambitious housing growth plans

14 October 2016

Leading planning professional and national property consultant join as Trust recruits for three newly created executive roles

Trafford Housing Trust, a housing association with a portfolio including a social enterprise and a housebuilding business, has announced a new organisational structure and additions to its board which will help it fulfil its strategic objectives while adapting to Government policy.

Both moves are designed to support the Trust’s continued growth and expansion plans for housebuilding across Greater Manchester, the North West and beyond. This reorganisation will also allow the Trust to adapt to the new funding plan for supported housing as recently announced by the Government.

The addition of two new Non-Executives will result in the Trust gaining a wealth of experience that will help steer its planned approach to combine traditional joint ventures with more innovative partnerships with the private sector and local authorities.

In order to further help tackle the housing crisis, the Trust will also assist other organisations by sharing its skills and knowledge in housebuilding, offering guidance from its own experience in running development programmes while countering ongoing economic challenges and changing government policies, such as the Government’s funding plan for supported housing which will protect it from the housing benefits cap, and the impact this could have on Trust properties and its tenants.

The two new Non-Executives, Nigel McGurk and John Shannon, will help the Trust with adapting to new policies such as this and both join as Non-Executives, assuming the position of Board Co-optee and Development & New Business Committee Member.

Nigel McGurk

Nigel brings with him 25 years of public, private and community sector experience across the development industry, with the last fifteen years having been spent in national, board-level roles. For the past five years he has been Director of Erimax – Land, Planning and Communities, a land and planning business.

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John Shannon

John joins the Trust from a construction background where for over 13 years he held regional and national Director positions with the Wates Group. During his 10 years as Regional Director the Wates group established a regional construction and successful social housing business with a turnover in excess of £80m.

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The appointments come as the Trust also announces a new organisational structure to support its growth into one of the biggest developers in the North West and delivering its vision of creating neighbourhoods people want to live in.

Already in the process of recruiting an interim Executive level post to help the development of the Independent Living business, the Trust will shortly begin hiring for the newly created roles of Executive Director for Customer Experience and Director of Enterprise.

The former role will focus on increasing the experience of customers, ensuring staff are engaged with the needs and concerns of tenants while continually striving to improve the business’ working culture and processes.  

The latter position will have responsibility for the Trust’s facilities management divisions, incorporating Repairs, Voids, Neighbourhood Services and CleanStart, the social enterprise which employs ex-offenders to undertake cleaning and grounds maintenance.

Graeme Scott has also been promoted from Assistant Director to Director of the Trust’s Developer arm, and will lead in the delivery of over 2,000 new homes in the next four years.

Edna Robinson, Chairman, Trafford Housing Trust commented: “We’re very pleased to welcome Nigel McGurk and John Shannon to the board, and look forward to utilising their vast experience to inform and support the board’s approach to acquiring land for development, pre-site evaluations and planning.

“Nigel and John will be excellent additions to the board, and the new organisational restructure is also designed to further support the needs of the Trust and the Trust’s customers at this highly exciting time.”



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