Your Housing Group (YHG) has appointed Mike Gaskell as its Group Chair, taking the role from the 1 April 2023.

YHG says Mike was appointed following a thorough recruitment process and will bring extensive experience of both the Housing sector and senior leadership roles to the Northwest based housing provider.

Mike, a qualified solicitor since 1980, became Managing Partner of Trowers & Hamlins’ Manchester office, specialising in corporate, governance and regulatory work for Housing Associations.

Having chaired the founding Board of Trafford Housing Trust from 2005 he has more recently served as Chair of the Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association and as a board member at Weaver Vale Housing Trust and at Wakefield and District Housing.

Mike will take over from current Chair Richard Groome following a handover period from January.  Richard is retiring from the board following his completion of two full terms of office.

Jacque Allen, Chief Executive of YHG, said: “Our board play a vital role in how we operate as an organisation, and we’re delighted to welcome Mike’s leadership at an important time as the group works to meet the challenges both within the sector and the wider external environment. On behalf of the group, we also want to thank Richard for his valuable service to YHG over the last six years.”

Outgoing Chair Richard Groome added: “I am very grateful to have held a key role in YHG’s significant development and successes over the last six years.  I am excited about the future of YHG and the continued progress it will make under Mike’s leadership towards becoming a truly customer-centric organisation.”

Commenting on his new role Mike Gaskell said: “Richard has made a great contribution to the Board of YHG, both as Deputy and Chair, and I look forward to steering the Board forward through what will be a challenging and exciting period for YHG.”