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Government appoints new non-executive members to RSH board

The government has appointed three new non-executive members to the Regulator of Social Housing’s (RSH) board.

Geoff Smyth, Kalpesh Brahmbhatt, and Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs have been appointed for three years, commencing on 1 July 2021.

Geoff Smyth has had a 30-year international career in technology and customer service leadership roles across multiple sectors, including telecommunications, automotive and aviation, while the US he led Ford Motor Company’s global contact centre organisation and TeleTech’s Federal Government customer service subsidiary.

Since his return to the UK in 2011, he held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Talk Talk until 2014 and led the Post Office’s telecommunications business until 2017. He currently serves as chair of Origin Broadband and is an independent management consultant.

Kalpesh Brahmbhatt has over 20 years’ experience of working for UK regulators in key sectors across the economy, ranging from communications, water, railways, energy, and financial services.

During that time he has helped regulators (and ombudsman schemes) develop and implement proactive consumer policies alongside the development of regulatory strategies and change management programmes. More recently he has been working for PwC as a senior consultant in their Economics and Policy Consultancy Business.

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs is board member and Chair of Regeneration for the London Legacy Development Corporation and has served on the boards of Home Group and Swan Housing Association.

She held senior roles with the West Midlands Regional Development Agency, Black Country Development Corporation, and English Partnerships.

At Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, she is vice chair and leads workforce and education for their 7,000 staff.

Commenting on the appointments, Simon Dow, Interim Chair of the Board at the RSH, said: I am delighted to welcome Geoff, Kalpesh and Sukhvinder to the Board of the RSH; collectively they bring with them a wide range of skills and experience from a number of different backgrounds.

“These appointments will support the RSH in maintaining confidence in the viability and stability of the social housing sector, and provide us with invaluable experience as we develop our proactive consumer regulation role.”