Gentoo appoints Paul Redfern as Director of Business Assurance

Sunderland-based housing association Gentoo Group has appointed Paul Redfern as Director of Business Assurance.

In the new post, Paul will direct and manage the Group’s internal audit function and review its approach to core business assurance activities such as risk management, control and governance processes. The appointment follows Paul’s six-month-term at Gentoo Group as Interim Head of Audit.

Paul has over 40 years’ experience as an auditor and director of finance. He has worked for local and regional government bodies including City of York Council, regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. He worked internationally for over a decade as Chief Auditor for the Jersey Government and the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. Paul is currently an audit committee member of the Electoral Commission and Together Housing Association and sits on the Board and audit committee of Inclusion Housing.

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Business assurance plays a vital role in helping our organisation to achieve its objectives and improve its effectiveness.

“Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position and it’s fantastic to have someone of his calibre leading our internal audit processes.”

Paul Redfern added: “I’ve really enjoyed working with Gentoo Group for the last six months and I’m excited to join the team permanently.

“The business is developing some ambitious plans for its future and I’m thrilled to be part of delivering those objectives for tenants, colleagues and the city of Sunderland.”

Paul’s appointment follows two additions to Gentoo’s executive team in recent months. Nigel Wilson joined as Group Chief Executive in January and Peter Lenehan took up the post of Executive Director of Finance in February. The Group also appointed Alison Fellows and Emily Cox to its Board in February.

Gentoo Group manages over 28,000 social housing properties in Sunderland. Its commercial arm, Gentoo Homes, is a profit for purpose business that builds more than 200 homes per year for sale which helps to generate subsidy to support the delivery of more affordable rented homes across the city.