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Apex names new Chief Executive

Sheena McCallion has been appointed as the next Chief Executive of Apex Housing Association.

Formerly the Director of Housing and Care Services at the organisation, Sheena has worked for Apex for more than 20 years and played a major role in making it the outstanding organisation it is today.

She will be tasked with leading the organisation in providing sustainable resolutions to existing and emerging social needs, firmly strengthening its position as a key player among Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprises.

John Meehan, Chairman of Apex, said: “I am delighted to confirm that Sheena McCallion has been appointed chief executive to succeed Gerry Kelly, who retires this November after many years of excellent service. Following a rigorous recruitment exercise which produced a number of strong candidates, I am extremely pleased that Sheena will take up the post at the start of December.”

Sheena McCallion, Chief Executive Designate, commented: “Apex has a clear social purpose that delivers outcomes which make a positive difference to people’s lives, enabling the development of vibrant communities across N Ireland and Ireland. Having worked for Apex for more than 20 years, I am thrilled to have been appointed to this role.

“I am committed to Apex’s vision and values and I look forward to ensuring Apex remains at the forefront in building sustainable communities through the delivery of quality social and affordable homes and related care and support services.”

Sheena joined Apex in 1996 as a housing manager and was promoted to head of department before finally becoming Director of Housing and Care Services in 2004.

During her period in charge of Housing and Care Services, the extensive and complex work of that department increased considerably to take account of the significant growth in housing stock and other factors such as welfare reform and new inspection/regulation standards.

Gerry Kelly, Chief Executive retiring, stated: “In Sheena, Apex has the ideal leader to steer the organisation in the coming years. She has in-depth knowledge, not just of the association but also of the sector and commands immense respect both internally and externally.”