New chair for settle

We are delighted to have appointed finance expert and former Argos executive Sally Veitch as our new chair.

Sally succeeds Martin Nurse, with Martin stepping down at the September board meeting after completing six years with settle.

Gavin Cansfield, chief executive of settle, said: “On behalf of all of us at settle, I would like to thank Martin for the vision and commitment he has brought to the organisation since he became chair in 2014. In that time we have made enormous strides in customer service and have broadened our horizons in rebranding as settle in 2018. He leaves a legacy of which he can be incredibly proud.”

Sally joins settle after a 25-year career in retail and finance, that latterly saw her working as Finance Director – Financial & Customer Services at Home Retail Group PLC, and then in non-executive roles at building societies and challenger banks.

Gavin said: “I am delighted to welcome Sally to settle. Her experience and rigour will be invaluable as we continue to chart a path through one of the most challenging times in the history of the affordable housing sector. I am pleased to say that the work we have undertaken in recent years ensured settle had solid foundations as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

“Due to the hard work and creativity of our people, we are hitting the ground running as we emerge from lockdown. We are continuing to support our residents and focusing on the future with our 1500-home building programme resuming, led by our flagship John Barker Place regeneration in Hitchin.”

Sally Veitch, chair designate of settle, said: “I am very excited by the opportunity at settle to build on the excellent work of recent years. Martin will leave some big shoes to fill, but there is much to get my teeth into and work with Gavin and other colleagues to ensure settle delivers on our vision for 2024.

“settle is committed to providing good services, being a well-run social business, delivering more homes and being a place where colleagues love to work. I’m really looking forward to applying my experience in finance and the retail sector to helping us realise these aims for our customers.” 

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