Bradford Housing Association have appointed a new vice chair

Former chief executive of Arawak Walton Housing Association, Cym D’Souza, has now joined Manningham Housing Association’s board.

Cym D’Souza was chief executive of Arawak Walton Housing Association for almost 25 years before she stepped down last autumn. Prior to this, she was chair at BME National, the umbrella organisation for black and minority ethnic (BME) housing associations, making her a well-known figure in this sector.

In addition, she is a qualified chartered accountant and has been a member of numerous boards in the commercial and housing sectors. She was recently appointed vice chair of Church Housing Association, which the Church of England announced it would be forming in May 2022 in response to the housing crisis.

Founded in 1986, Manningham Housing Association (MHA) manages over 1,400 homes for more than 6,000 residents in Bradford and Keighley.

The organisation was discovered following a piece of research on the housing needs of Black and Asian communities in Bradford, which found that the needs of the South Asian community were not being addressed.

It claims to be the first housing association in the country to receive official accreditation for its work on promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

D’Souza said: ‘I am excited to join the MHA Board. It has established a well-earned reputation as one of the leading BME housing associations in the country, which not only provides high-quality homes for residents but strives to improve the life experiences of the wider communities which surround them.

‘I know that exciting plans are in place to build on the progress MHA has made in recent years. I look forward to playing my part in delivering them.’

Image: Ian Schneider and Cym D’Souza 

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Emily Whitehouse
Writer and journalist for Newstart Magazine, Social Care Today and Air Quality News.


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