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John Giesen, chief executive of Hertfordshire-based B3Living, has succeeded Tony Stacey as chair of PlaceShapers.

He said: “I am delighted to become chair when our united voice has never been more important. We own over 750,000 homes collectively, contribute around 25% of new homes provided through the National Affordable Housing Programme and provide services to more than two million people.

“This makes us a key player in solving the housing crisis. There are challenges ahead but our strength is our commitment to help our residents and local communities survive and thrive, build new homes and deliver services that deliver a return on investment.

“As well as being a collective voice for community focused housing associations, we work collaboratively among members. This has already produced £109m worth of efficiency savings and that will continue.

“We will continue to work with others in the housing sector to ensure it retains the diversity that delivers local results with national impact.”

He paid tribute to Tony's commitment: "We are all hugely grateful for his immense contribution leading PlaceShapers for six years as chair."

Toney Stacey, chair of South Yorkshire Housing Association, said:  "I have been immensely proud to play a leading role and witness the impact that PlaceShapers have had and continue to have. I describe us as a 'movement' and believe firmly that we can rise to the challenges ahead whilst continuing to do what we do best as valued local partners in our communities."

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