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Former Council CEO appointed Chair of local housing provider

The Annual General Meeting of SSHA (South Staffordshire Housing Association), part of leading West Midlands housing group, Housing Plus, took place last night. The meeting saw former South Staffordshire Council Chief Executive, Rolf Levesley elected as the new Chairman of SSHA’s board of directors.

Mr Levesley was appointed onto the SSHA board in 2009 following a rigorous selection process. A qualified solicitor with extensive experience in litigation and planning, he retired from South Staffordshire Council in January 2009 after 28 years service that included a five year stint as Chief Executive.

Mr Levesley’s appointment as Chair recognises his experience and follows a move by his predecessor Dr Mary Griffiths. Mary stood down from the SSHA Board, taking over as Chair of the Housing Plus Group following the retirement of Bill Martin OBE. Dr Griffiths is a housing consultant and retired Senior Lecturer in the School of Housing at the University of Central England. Mr Levesley, aged 60, lives in Telford, Shropshire. He is married with two children.

Speaking of his appointment, Rolf Levesley, Chair of SSHA said: “Having worked in South Staffordshire for more than 30 years, I am passionate about ensuring the best possible opportunities for local people. As an organisation, SSHA shares this belief and I look forward to working alongside my fellow directors and the wider SSHA team to meet the housing needs of the community. I want to pay tribute to Mary Griffiths for the valued contribution she has made to date.”

Speaking at the AGM last night, Debbie Griffiths, Chief Executive of Housing Plus said: “On behalf of everyone at Housing Plus and SSHA, I would like to officially welcome Rolf to his new role as Chair of SSHA. Well respected in his former role as Chief Executive at South Staffordshire Council, Rolf was able to have a very positive impact on the local area and I look forward to working alongside him as we look to make a real difference to the communities we work in.”

“I would also like to extend my thanks and appreciation to both Dr Mary Griffiths and Bill Martin. They have led the business impeccably over the years helping us achieve our ambition of delivering more homes and services to local people.”

Rolf Levesley and Mary Griffiths