A social housing firm in Bury has appointed an interim chief executive.

Cath Farrell, who has more than 30 years of experience in the housing sector, will take up the role at Six Town Housing.

The move comes after Sharon McCambridge announced her retirement, at the end of last year.

Six Town Housing’s board and the council have been working together to recruit an experienced interim CEO. 

Ms Farrell has more than 27 years in local government, working for Liverpool, Rochdale and Salford councils, and seven years at First Choice Homes in Oldham where she was a respected CEO from 2010 to 2017.

She said: “I am passionate about the housing sector and contributing to the local community.

"Over the years I have worked with, and supported, many Greater Manchester housing providers and played a key part in building the Combined Authority and NHS GM Partnership.

"Ensuring excellent services that deliver the best outcomes for customers is key and I very much hope my knowledge and passion for the sector will be of great benefit to Six Town Housing, and I look forward to working with the team.”

Cllr Clare Cummins, cabinet member for housing services at the council, welcomes the appointment.

She said: “I’d like to thank Sharon for all her work in leading Six Town over the years, and look forward to welcoming the new interim chief and working with her to continue to provide quality services to our many tenants.”

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Chair of the board, Robin Lawler, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Cath as interim CEO.

"She brings a wealth of experience which will be invaluable to Six Town Housing while the joint review of future management of Bury’s council-owned homes is undertaken.

"Cath and I have worked together as part of the GM Housing Providers.

"I’d like to thank Sharon McCambridge for her commitment and dedication to Six Town Housing and wish her well for her well-earned retirement.”