Appointments: Cestria restructures executive team

Martin Warhurst, who joined the organisation in 2010 as director of finance and corporate services, has now been appointed as managing director

Martin Warhurst, managing director of Cestria Community Housing
Martin Warhurst, managing director of Cestria Community Housing

Chester-le-Street housing provider Cestria Community Housing has restructured its executive team following the successful launch of its partnership with Isos Housing.

Martin Warhurst, who joined the organisation in 2010 as director of finance and corporate services, has now been appointed as managing director after former chief executive Paul Fiddaman was appointed deputy group chief executive of Isos Housing Group.

Martin, 40, has been instrumental in leading Cestria to successful growth over the last four years, which has seen significant investment in its homes, services and communities. He also helped the landlord in its pursuit of a number of accreditations including achieving Investors in People Silver status, the Leaders in Diversity award and the Government’s prestigious Customer Service Excellence accreditation.

Martin said: “The successful partnership with Isos Housing marks a new and exciting era for Cestria Community Housing. As part of the new partnership, Cestria will continue to operate as an independent landlord, with the same offices, branding, staff and range of services with both organisations benefitting from each other’s skills and expertise.

“Cestria Community Housing has achieved a considerable amount over the last few years and I am committed to ensure we continue to deliver the best possible services for our tenants and the residents of this district.

“I am proud to be appointed as managing director of this dynamic and successful company and look forward to leading and managing a great team of staff that is making a positive change in people’s lives.”

Cestria has also re-titled its heads of service for finance, corporate services and neighbourhoods to assistant directors. Julie Clark (assistant director of finance), Christine Scott (assistant director of corporate services) and Margaret Ferguson (assistant director of housing and communities) have all changed their titles for consistency with posts at a comparable level within Isos Housing Group.

Cestria Community Housing owns and manages 4,300 homes across the Chester-le-Street district and employs around 165 members of staff.

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