THE housing association responsible for hundreds of homes in the Whitby area has a new man in charge.
Yorkshire Coast Homes (YCH) has just appointed Shaun Tymon as its new chief executive.
Mr Tymon, who was previously finance director, takes over from Steve Oldridge, who is retiring after holding the post since YCH was set up in 2003.
He has paid tribute to Mr Oldridge’s work and pledged to build on the successful foundations laid during those years.
“I thank Steve for leading us through the first challenging years,” he said.
“Under his leadership we have delivered the promises made to tenants when we took on their homes from Scarborough Borough Council and improved our range of services, culminating last year in an award for customer service excellence.
“Under the direction of our board and with the support of tenants I aim to build on those successes and improve things still further. I want to work with our tenants to shape our services and improve communities and people’s lives.”
He said working with partner organisations would be the key to improving things in the future.
To ensure a smooth changeover from one chief executive to another, Mr Oldridge is continuing to work with YCH on a part-time basis until May.
His career saw him rise from an environmental health officer, to director of Environmental Health and Housing to the chief executive of YCH.
“I must say my seven years as chief executive of Yorkshire Coast Homes has been the most challenging, enjoyable and satisfying of my career,” he said.
“It has given me tremendous pleasure to work with a strong, dedicated and capable team towards achieving our vision of providing excellent homes and services.
“Being part of an organisation such as Yorkshire Coast Homes is all about what you can do for people. What gives me the greatest sense of achievement is the way we have played a part in improving the quality of people’s lives.
“I wish Shaun the best of luck in the post and will offer whatever support I can in ensuring a smooth transition.”
He paid tribute to the staff, tenants and partners he had worked with during his years in the post and said he looked forward to spending more time with his family and riding his motorbike.