PlaceShapers, the national network of place-based housing organisations, has appointed a new chief executive.

Catherine Ryder, who is currently Director of Policy and Research at the National Housing Federation, will take on the role of CEO in early March 2023.

Matthew Walker, chair of PlaceShapers, said: “Catherine’s passionate commitment to  PlaceShapers’ values and putting place-shaping truly at the heart of decision-making shone through. She has outstanding skills, knowledge and experience to help drive forward our work helping communities to thrive.

“This has never been more important – our communities are facing huge challenges with many tenants struggling in the cost-of-living crisis. Members are doing all they can to help tenants in financial hardship, from offering crisis grants to providing debt and benefits advice whilst navigating financial challenges themselves.”

Catherine said: “I have seen the positive difference community-based housing providers make and their role has never been more important. I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to work with, and advocate for, organisations with such a clear social purpose and ambition for their residents and communities. I am looking forward to building on the work already underway at PlaceShapers and continuing to highlight the contribution of your members across the country.”

Catherine succeeds Rachael Orr who will become the CEO of Climate Outreach at the end of January 2023 after joining PlaceShapers in 2018.