Following her recent re-location back to her roots in the North East of England, Ruth Dent has been appointed to the board of Broadacres, a not-for-profit housing association based in the market town of Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
Appointed in July 2018, Ruth is now in place as Independent Asset & Development Committee Member, a new position for Broadacres, that will complement her Asset Management Consultant role at PIMSS Data Systems.
With a financial background, Ruth will utilise her specialist asset management expertise in programmed renewal business planning, component accounting, stock assessments, NPV rationalisation and budget setting to implement best practice for Broadacres. She will also provide an independent viewpoint and offer objective advice to ensure the organisation meets its asset management compliance obligations.
Broadacres currently manages more than 6,000 homes in Hambleton, Darlington, Richmondshire, Harrogate, Redcar and Cleveland, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, the East Riding of Yorkshire, York and Leeds. The organisation’s vision is ‘to be the best rural housing association in the country’, something that is very close to Ruth’s heart as she is grew up in Kildale in the North Yorkshire Moors, a market town community.
Ruth comments: “Rural communities face a huge challenge to retain affordable housing due to the increase in the number of second homes that have significantly driven up house prices. I’m passionate about helping people to stay in the environments that they love and want to help maintain and grow the sustainable housing offering and give something back to those communities.
“What with the recent positive news from the Government regarding winding down rent reductions, it’s also a time of massive change in the sector where housing associations will have the opportunity to plan ahead with confidence. I want to be at the centre of this with Broadacres and help them deliver on their vision.”