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Appointment of four new LEASE Board members

24 April 2024

The Secretary of State has confirmed the appointment of four new non-executive directors of the Leasehold Advisory Service Board.

The new Board members for Housing and Consumer will be Wendy Wilson and Paula Higgins.

Wendy Wilson has recently retired from the House of Commons Library, where she was expert on housing issues and wrote their reports on leasehold.

Paula Higgins is the CEO of the Home Owners Alliance, a group that champions the interests of Britain’s homeowners and aspiring homeowners.

The new Digital Director is Emer McNally. Emer is currently Group CIO of Mobico Group PLC, and has previously held CIO roles with the National Grid and McDonald’s Europe.

The new Director for the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is Kim Caddy. Kim is a councillor on Wandsworth Borough Council.

Minister for Housing, Lee Rowley MP said:

“We are delivering significant reforms through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill that will improve homeownership for millions of people.

I welcome the strengthening of the leadership of LEASE with the appointment of the new board members as it continues to undertake its important role on behalf of leaseholders and homeowners.”

Martin Boyd, Chair of the LEASE Board, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome our new non-executive directors to LEASE. Kim, Paula, Wendy, and Emer have an exceptional level of knowledge and a wealth of experience in the housing sector and in senior executive roles. I am looking forward to working with them and believe they will bring a lot to LEASE, particularly at such a critical time of radical transformation.”

Victoria Elvidge has left the LEASE Board as her term has come to an end. Victoria has served on the Board since 2017. The Board and staff of LEASE would like to express their thanks to Victoria for her service.

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LEASE is governed by a board, appointed as individuals by the Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities.