Thursday, 23 October 2014

Board shake up at troubled charity

The Housing Corporation has appointed three new board members at troubled charity Novas Scarman, which was made the subject of a statutory inquiry last month.

Peter Molyneux, chair of Kensington and Chelsea Primary Care Trust; Tina Barnard, chief executive of Watford Community Housing Trust; and David Roberts-Jones, chair of Hexagon Housing Association will all join the board.

The Housing Corporation ordered a statutory inquiry into Novas’ business dealings on 24 October. The inquiry will investigate ‘aspects of the financial management’ of the group, as well as make statutory appointments to ‘enhance the skills and expertise available’.

Two members of Novas’ board resigned in May in protest at bosses’ plans to sell off the flagship Arlington House hostel in Camden.

Novas, also a housing association which provides Supporting People services at various hostels, is currently in negotiations to transfer Arlington House to One Housing Group.

A spokesperson for Novas said the disposal of Arlington House was part of its plan to shift its business away from hostel provision towards social enterprise.

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