Previous CEO of the National Housing Federation appointed as trustee

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The National Communities Resource Centre (NCRC) based in the recently re-opened Trafford Hall, has appointed David Orr CBE to their board of trustees.

David is widely respected for his role in championing the social housing sector, campaigning to advance the interests of Housing Associations at all levels of government. With over 30 years’ experience David is well equipped to support NCRC in their mission to help create fairer communitiesacross the UK.

David began his career at homelessness charity Centrepoint and has held various roles within key organisations including the National Housing Federation (NHF), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Newlon Housing Trust as Chief Executive. While at the NHF, David also served as president of CECODHAS Housing Europe and as a board member of The Housing Finance Corporation, before retiring in 2018.

In June 2018 David was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) acknowledging his work and commitment to highlighting the positive role of housing associations within society.

David’s addition to the board of trustees, comes after NCRC at Trafford Hall became part of the Regenda Group in December 2020. Since joining Regenda, Trafford Hall, the Grade 2 listed home of NCRC, has been carefully restored. The hall is once again welcoming guests for training, events, and accommodation through a partnership with the Youth Hostel Association.

Lesley Burrows, Executive Director at The Regenda Group and trustee of Trafford Hall said: “We’re incredibly pleased to have David onboard to support the next phase of NCRC at Trafford Hall. His experience and passion will complement the energy and enthusiasm of our existing trustees, helping us to connect anchor institutions with residents and people who work in frontline services to create real social change.”

David Orr CBE, NCRC at Trafford Halls trustee said: “I am delighted to be joining NCRC at Trafford Hall as part of this new beginning. I believe Trafford Hall can create an environment where people who do not often get to use their voice in public, have the opportunity to be heard and that is something I take pride in being a part of.

The mission of NCRC at Trafford Hall is to close the inequality gap that exists in communities across the UK and to inspire a culture of problem-solving within communities. I look forward to working with our partners on delivering this mission and making a real difference to people at a local level.”

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