One of the UK's largest housing associations, English Churches
Housing Group, has hired its first communications and marketing head
after a review of its communications needs.
Oliver McGeachy takes on the role after ten years working for the group
in a front-line capacity as service manager working with homeless people
and running housing associations across the south of England.
His promotion follows the association's recent decision to boost its
internal communications capabilities, which has seen the division expand
from two to five staff. McGeachy joins a month after the appointment of
Susan Littlemore as press and PR officer, and Tania Field as design
officer, who started in January.
The existing team of two - Jon Moore and Joanne Preston, who previously
handled all PR and marketing for the group - have taken on the roles of
internal communications officer and marketing officer respectively.
According to Littlemore, the review has been carried out ahead of
changes planned for 2003, which will see housing associations secure
funding from local authorities instead of a centralised housing body.