Nigel Wilson takes up role as new Group Chief Executive Officer

Nigel Wilson has today taken up his role as our new Group Chief Executive Officer, following his appointment last year. Nigel succeeds David Jepson, who stepped down as our Interim Chief Executive Officer in December.

Formerly Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group in Manchester, Nigel brings a wealth of senior leadership experience following a 30-year career in social housing. He started his career as a housing officer and worked his way up to a leadership position after holding roles in tenant participation and resident engagement, before specialising in new business and regeneration.

Nigel is one of a number of senior appointments recently, following the appointment of our new board member, Carol Long, who joined the Group Board in the autumn, and Pete Lenehan, who is set to join us as our new Executive Director of Finance in February.

Keith Loraine OBE, Gentoo Group’s Chair, said: “This is a very exciting time for Gentoo and I’m thrilled to welcome Nigel to lead our fantastic team.

“I’m confident that a Chief Executive of Nigel’s calibre and experience will continue the great work we do to make a positive difference to the lives of our customers.”

Speaking about his appointment, Nigel added: “I’m delighted to be starting the New Year at Gentoo.

“I’ve been working with the team over the last few months and have been really inspired by everyone’s commitment to delivering great services to our customers. Gentoo has achieved so much over the years and this success is something that I want to build on.

“Sunderland is a fantastic city with an ambitious vision for its future and I’m looking forward to getting to know it and its people.”