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New chief executive appointed at bdht

Mark Robertson, chief executive at Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht), has retired from his position at Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, after three successful years in the role.

Director of housing and communities, Graeme Anderson who has worked alongside Mark since 2004 when bdht was first established, has been appointed as the new chief executive. With over 20 years’ experience of the social housing sector, Graeme has been an integral part of the bdht team for over three quarters of his career and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

In addition to his new role, Graeme is also heavily involved in the local community, acting as chair of the Bromsgrove Partnership and vice chair of the North Worcestershire Serious & Organised Crime Forum.

Graeme comments: “It has been an incredible honour to work alongside Mark all these years and to see the positive position the company is now in after successfully navigating the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our customers, our talented people and the local community remain at the forefront of our business and I look forward to continuing to drive it forward and continuing to enhance our services and offering.”

Mary Miller, chair of the bdht board, adds: “We opened the role up to the open market and after a thorough application process, Graeme was the obvious choice to succeed Mark as chief executive. He has been a valuable asset to bdht for more than 17 years and he could have had no better preparation for this new venture. He has proven his commitment to not only bdht, but also the local community and we are confident that bdht is in extremely capable hands with Graeme as it enters its new chapter.”

bdht is a registered provider of social housing, serving the district of Bromsgrove and surrounding areas. The not-for-profit organisation aims to improve the communities in which it is based, working closely with partners, such as the council, police and residents, to provide secure and comfortable accommodation, and safe and happy neighbourhoods. The organisation also undertakes a wide range of activities under contract to others including homelessness, extra care, property and estate management.