New interim director at Kensington Housing Trust

After four years at the helm, Kensington Housing Trust’s Managing Director, Manpreet Dillon, stepped down at Christmas, and Joanne Drew has taken up the post of interim Director.

Kensington Housing Trust (KHT) is part of the Catalyst Housing Group. During 2011, Catalyst plans to join together its member companies – KHT, Catalyst Communities Housing Association and Fortunegate Community Housing, together with the parent company, to form just one housing association.

Although we will keep our local offices, this restructure has obvious implications for the companies’ Managing Director posts, and Manpreet has decided that the new year marks the right moment to move on.

‘Ever since KHT joined the Catalyst group in 2002, we’ve invested heavily in improving homes and services, and resident satisfaction has increased year on year,’ says Manpreet.

‘I’m very proud of the progress we have made, and I’m confident that the plans to join the Catalyst companies together will enable KHT to keep investing in and improving local services in this challenging funding environment. 2011 marks an exciting new chapter for KHT, and for me.’

‘We’d like to thank Manpreet for his contribution to KHT and to the local community,’ says Rod Cahill, Catalyst’s Chief Executive. ‘In particular, Manpreet has played a key role in driving forward the Wornington Green regeneration scheme, which is one of London’s most exciting housing projects, providing over 1,000 new homes in Kensington.’

Manpreet’s successor, Joanne Drew, joins KHT from Dacorum Borough Council, where she was interim Director of Housing. As KHT’s interim director, Joanne will oversee KHT’s transition into Catalyst’s new, single structure. Joanne is an experienced interim leader in the local authority and housing association sectors, and has previously worked at Catalyst.

KHT, along with the other Catalyst companies, is currently consulting with local residents about the restructure plans. The consultation runs until 31 January.