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NIFHA appoints Seamus Leheny as new Chief Executive

The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations has announced the appointment of Seamus Leheny as new Chief Executive. Seamus takes up his new role today (5th December).

Seamus joins NIFHA from Logistics UK, one of the UK’s largest trade associations which  represents the views of over 19,000 members, where he was the Northern Ireland Policy Lead with responsibility for policy, communications and public affairs.

Seamus will now lead the team at NIFHA, the representative organisation for housing associations in Northern Ireland, with 20 members who manage over 57,000 homes, as well as providing care and support services for thousands of people. Seamus will represent the views of the social housing sector through engagement with Government and key stakeholders, ensuring that housing policy is strategically developed and that investment in social housing is prioritised.

Welcoming Seamus to NIFHA, Chair Hazel Bell, said “We are delighted that Seamus is joining NIFHA to lead our organisation and sector at what is a critical time for housing associations in Northern Ireland. While our members are delivering new homes and supporting tenants, there are still many challenges for our members, including a growing housing waiting list and some significant obstacles to development.

“Seamus is well known through his work with Government on key economic issues for Northern Ireland. He played an integral role in representing Northern Ireland’s interests in the NI Protocol and Brexit negotiations as part of NI Business Brexit Working Group. The experience he will bring to the housing sector will be invaluable, as we work to see progress on key issues such as the Housing Supply Strategy”.

As he starts his new role, Seamus said “I am delighted to take up this new challenge with NIFHA. Housing is a critical matter for communities right across the region and I look forward to representing those interests and building on the great work of the NIFHA team and its members.”