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National Housing Federation appoints new chief executive

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Kate Henderson has been appointed the new chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF).

Henderson will take over from David Orr in early October.

On her appointment, she said: “With housing at the top of the political and public agenda I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with ambitious housing associations across the country to continue shaping housing policy and ensuring housing associations are seen as key partners in delivering it.”

Henderson is currently the chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), where she is responsible for leading the organisation’s efforts in advocating planning polices that put social justice and the environment at the centre of the debate. She is also a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Planning at the University College London.

Diana Warwick, chair of the NHF said: “Our challenge was to find someone who has the confidence and experience to engage at the highest levels in government, as well as the leadership credentials to win the trust of our diverse membership, inspire our team, and ensure the federation is commercially successful and sustainable, now and in the future.”

“We feel we have selected in Kate someone who can do all these things and more. She has proven herself to be a bold and effective leader at the TCPA. She gave us particular confidence in terms of her ability to build trust and rapport with our broad range of stakeholders.”

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