English Churches Housing appoints first comms boss

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.

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