Press Releases

Board Member and Management Changes

Updated: November 2021

Empower Housing Association is continuing to respond proactively to address the issues raised by the Regulator of Social Housing in its recent Regulatory Notice. To strengthen governance, five new board members have been appointed with effect from 1 October 2021. These are Marcus Evans, Group Director – Governance and Compliance at Sovini Group; Mark Dunford, Group Executive Director (Corporate Services) – Together Housing Group; Rob Wakefield, Chief Executive – Community Gateway Association; Stephanie Murphy, Chief Executive – Castles and Coasts Housing Association and Tracy Woods, Chief Finance Officer – First Choice Homes Oldham.

Les Paul, Andy Wallace and Natalia Delgado stood down from the board on 17 November 2021.

The board has also appointed Lee Sugden as Interim Chief Executive to support the delivery of a comprehensive action plan to address regulatory compliance.  Lee said, “I am delighted to be able to work with the team at Empower and all stakeholders and to work collaboratively and closely with the Regulator to secure the best outcome for the Association”.

Contact for any further enquiries:

Lee Sugden, Interim Chief Executive, Empower Housing Association


Telephone: 07736 693132

Empower Housing Association: Regulatory Notice

Updated: September 2021

Further to the regulatory engagement of Empower Housing Association with the Regulator of Social Housing, the Association has been issued with a Regulatory Notice. This sets out a number of areas of non-compliance with the Regulator’s Governance and Financial Viability Standard and the need to provide further assurance in relation to compliance with the Rent Standard and Specialised Supported Housing exemptions.

Les Paul, Chair of Empower said, “The current board of Empower acknowledges the serious nature of the issues set out in the Regulatory Notice and has taken positive and proactive steps to agree a plan of action, with appropriate specialist support to address the areas of non-compliance. We are working co-operatively and collaboratively with the regulator and are committed to achieving full compliance with the Regulatory Standards whilst also maintaining the good standard of frontline and operational services delivered by the Association.”

Empower HA has commenced a process to deliver a comprehensive action plan and will be appointing several new board members in the coming weeks to provide the skills and oversight required to implement and embed improved controls and governance processes.

Contact for any further enquiries

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    Empower Housing Association Ltd.
    33-35 Hollinshead Street,
    Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1EP

    Parking: Limited parking available at the back of the building on Empower’s private car park. With two allocated disabled parking bays to the front of the building. On-street parking is available for up to an hour. There are also pay and display car parks nearby.

    Accessibility: Empower’s offices have widened doorways to reception and level access ramps to the main entrance.

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