Northern Ireland CIH names director
The Chartered Institute of Housing has appointed a new director for Northern Ireland.
Cecilia Keaveney will take over from current head Jim Dennison on 3 December. Mr Dennison will take on responsibility for the CIH’s work in the Republic of Ireland.
Ms Keaveney has previously served as a senator and member of the Irish Government, with a background in education and working on the Good Friday Agreement.
She said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining CIH and to be back in Belfast at a time when the entire region is undergoing such positive change.
‘Housing is undoubtedly at the forefront of all of our minds as we tackle welfare reform, supply and demand, access to finance and delivering the “shared space” agenda.
‘I have always believed that a person’s future is shaped by their access to a safe, decent and affordable home - investment in homes is a fundamental investment in people, as individuals, families and communities.’
Ann Gallagher, chair of CIH Northern Ireland, said: ‘We are delighted that Cecilia is joining CIH, she is coming on board at a pivotal point for housing in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and her expertise in politics, policy making and leadership are going be a huge asset in the work we are doing.’