A DYNAMIC candidate has been appointed chief executive of the troubled Chester and District Housing Trust.
Trust chairman Michael Shepstone-Trewartha this week announced John Denny will take up his post in January.
Mr Shepstone-Trewartha, who himself has been elected to serve as chair for a second year, said: 'John is a very well-known housing consultant in the North West.
'He is an incredibly dynamic man. I am sure he will do fantastically well. He is of great pedigree and somebody who is prepared to try anything and work with anybody to make the trust successful.'
Mr Denny is a former director of Irwell Valley Housing Association (IVHA). He has spent 25 years in social housing, 12 of them in senior management positions.
He is also landlord director for the independent housing ombudsman.
Mr Shepstone-Trewartha admits Mr Denny will face a huge challenge to keep the trust thriving after a turbulent 12 months.
'He and I are both prepared for, and even looking forward to, the challenge,' he said. 'I feel sure the trust has turned a corner and things will be better in the next 12 months.'
The trust, which took on Chester City Council's 7,000 homes in 2000, was placed under supervision by regulators last year.
It was then taken out of supervision after redrafting its business plan.
Shortly afterwards, chief executive Geoff Blackburn and chairman Bob Rudd both resigned, complaining of stress.
This year, the Housing Corporation placed the trust under supervision again following further concerns about the way it was run.
Interim chief executive Rodney Dykes was appointed.
Last week, The Chronicle reported that residents in one of Chester's most run-down areas, Treborth Road in Blacon, are getting £3,000 for having to move out of their homes.
The news came the same week housing chiefs announced plans to axe Vandaline and funding for community rangers to save £500,000.
The trust has revealed it needs 45 employees to take voluntary redundancy or early retirement.