A NEW housing boss starts work in South Tyneside next week.
Paul Mains, pictured, will take over as the new managing director of South Tyneside Homes from Monday, looking after 18,000 properties on behalf of the council.
Mr Mains, who has been a senior executive at East Durham Homes since 2008, was responsible for securing £81m from the Government’s Decent Homes programme to improve more than 8,500 properties, as well as successfully modernising services for tenants.
Coun Ed Malcolm, chairman of South Tyneside Homes’ board, said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul Mains as the new managing director of South Tyneside Homes.
“He will provide strong leadership as the council and South Tyneside Homes work together to build on the successes that have already been achieved – and to deliver the next phase of the Decent Homes programme.
“These are difficult economic times, but we have a clear focus on delivering better housing, better services and a better future for residents.
“Paul has strong experience of modernising and improving services in public sector housing, and his knowledge will be a real asset to the company. I would also like to offer my thanks to Martin Knowles for his positive leadership during the past year.”
Mr Mains, who started his working life as a rent collector at Blyth Valley Borough Council, progressed to become area housing manager and director of housing maintenance at Blyth, before moving to East Durham six years ago.
He said: “I am delighted to be taking up this role at South Tyneside Homes, and look forward to working with the council, elected members, tenants, board and staff.
“I plan to build on the solid foundations put in place by my predecessor, Martin Knowles, working closely with the council and our partners to focus on making a difference to our customers’ lives.
“We will aim to complete the delivery of the Decent Homes programme, provide quality new affordable homes and improve customer service.
“The chance to improve people’s lives is what led me into a career in housing and this role gives me the opportunity to make a positive difference for residents in South Tyneside.
“I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead.”