Howden, who joined Peaks & Plains as Director of Place from Balfour Beatty in May 2019, took on the role of Interim Chief Executive in November 2019 to lead the Trust following its self-notification to the Regulator for Social Housing.
In this time, he has worked closely with the Regulator to develop and implement the Trust’s recovery action plan to rebuild the standards it is better known for, and has successfully completed the first phase of the programme on schedule.
With the support of the Trust’s new leadership team, Mark has also led the Trust through the challenges of COVID-19, with unwavering commitment to prioritise the safety of its residents and staff.
With more than 20 years’ experience in urban regeneration and economic development, both public and private, Mark’s passion for placemaking and communities will continue to be central to his role as Chief Executive.
Commenting on his appointment, Mark said:
When I joined the Trust in 2019, I couldn’t have predicted the journey that lay ahead. Over the last 12 months, we have made transformational changes and overcome many adversities, and I believe we are a stronger organisation as a result. One which I am honoured to have been appointed to lead forward as Chief Executive.
Looking ahead, my focus is to continue to build a robust, well-managed Trust that will uphold its social purpose above all else - addressing the local housing need and ensuring resident welfare is paramount.”
Jane McCall, Chair of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, added:
Mark’s experience and passion for improving communities made him a very strong candidate. Myself and the board have also been really impressed with his purposeful focus on both residents and our workforce. A clear sign that he’s the right person to lead the organisation forward to address immediate priorities and steer the Trust’s long-term strategy.