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This March, Heather Thomas stepped down as Chair of ccha after serving her two terms in the position. In her stead, we welcome Maureen Adams who joined us on the Board in January 2024 and officially took up her position as Chair in April 2024.  

Maureen has been in housing for over 25 years and has a wealth of knowledge in housing, communities, and customer service and is an experienced Board member. 

We spoke to Maureen about what she is looking forward to now she is Chair: 

Headshot of Maureen Adams.

Maureen Adams, Chair of ccha

“I am delighted to have joined ccha as Chair this year to continue Heather Thomas’s excellent work as Chair over the last seven years.

It will take me a little while to get to know ccha, its staff, and its residents, but I hope to do so as quickly as possible. It’s a privilege to join a housing association rooted so firmly in its community and with such a great team. 

I firmly believe in the importance of supporting communities to thrive and create a sense of belonging, something I grew up with in Northern Ireland. I am pleased to be part of an organisation delivering good quality homes. My professional background has involved working for over 12 years as a Director of Operations where I was involved in services to prevent homelessness, housing for older people and resident engagement. I have spent many years talking to people about the value of their homes to them and how to deliver services that meet the needs of the whole community, so I know that how we listen to and respond to our residents makes a difference. 

When I am not working, I like to spend time with my young granddaughter, which reminds me that the choices we make now also support the next generation.” 

We’d like to welcome Maureen to ccha and hope both residents and staff will get to meet her soon. 

Heather Thomas welcomes Maureen to the role: 

Headshot of Heather Thomas.

Heather Thomas, former ccha Chair and Board Member

“I am delighted that as I step down from my role as Chair of ccha, I am passing the torch to

Maureen Adams, who I know will lead the organisation to even greater heights. I extend my best wishes to everyone at ccha, including the residents, staff, and Board, for a successful future.” 

You can read more about Heather’s time as Chair in her article ‘Reflections of an Outgoing Chair’.

More information about our Board and Committee Members can be found on our website. 

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