A housing provider has welcomed two new members to its board – Donna O’Neill as a tenant board member and Donna Cezair as deputy chair.

The news comes as ForHousing, which owns and manages 24,000 homes across the North West, rolls out its new five-year strategy which centres on making a positive impact on the lives of social housing tenants.

Donna O’Neill, who works as data governance manager in the professional services sector is also a ForHousing tenant and a member of the landlord’s Customer Committee.

A resident of Eccles, Donna O’Neill, said: “This role is an exciting opportunity to build on my experience as a member of the Customer Committee and I have a range of skills and knowledge to bring to the table. I’m really looking forward to helping make meaningful change in my local community and ensuring tenants’ voices are front and centre.”

Donna Cezair, chief executive of Worthing Homes, and former CEO of First Choice Homes Oldham, brings to the role of deputy chair a wealth of leadership experience in the housing sector and a strong track record of implementing transformative change.

Donna Cezair, ForHousing deputy chair said: “ForHousing’s values align with my own and reflect my passion for working with organisations that make a positive impact on people’s lives. I’m looking forward to supporting the organisation as we learn from previous challenges and strive to continuously improve the services we offer to tenants.”

ForHousing’s board will be focused on delivering the outcomes of the landlord’s new five-year strategy:

  • Customer-focused equitable services,
  • Safe, well maintained, sustainable and affordable homes,
  • Making the most of resources.

Paul Kennedy, chair of the board at ForHousing, said: “It’s great to welcome Donna O’Neill as a new tenant member and Donna Cezair as deputy chair.

“Their appointments strengthen our knowledge, expertise and insight and we look forward to collaborating with them as we continue to learn and improve as an organisation. I know they are both truly behind our ethos of putting tenants at the heart of everything we do as we strive to deliver on what matters to them and their communities.”