A senior director at a large London housing association has been named chief executive of an east London housing provider.
Kate Dodsworth, currently the executive director of people and strategy at Optivo, will take up her role as chief executive of Gateway Housing Association next year.
Gateway manages 3,000 properties, primarily in the borough of Tower Hamlets in London.
Ms Dodsworth said: “I’m honoured and excited to be appointed as chief executive of Gateway Housing Association.
“Its ethos of supporting local communities to thrive is well known and I look forward to working with the board, executive team, staff and residents to take the organisation to the next stage after an impressive 90-year history.”
Ms Dodsworth has also previously held the position of assistant director at the National Housing Federation. She led on policy and lobbying for affordable housing for London and the South East.
In other leadership news, Richard Peacock, long-standing chief executive of Soha Housing, announced this week that he will retire from the association next summer.
Mr Peacock has held the chief executive position at the Oxfordshire landlord for nearly 20 years. Before this he worked at Manchester City Council and was director of housing at Oxford City Council for 10 years.
Mr Peacock said: “I am proud of Soha and the great staff and residents who have made my job so rewarding. I have always believed that housing is about people, place and community.”