We are delighted to announce that Mike Turner has been appointed as the new Chair of The Abbeyfield Society.

Mike has been a Trustee on the Abbeyfield Board of Trustees since September 2021.

Mike is an experienced Board Director, having held senior roles within the infrastructure, commercial as well as the social housing and retirement living sectors. He has particular specialisms in strategic planning, asset management, procurement and operational delivery within regulated markets.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Ian Williams Limited, one of the UK’s largest property services companies, having been a Board Director for over 20 years.

Mike is also an Executive Director of the National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) and Chair of the NHMF Service Providers Forum as well as a member of a number of industry bodies including the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) group, the Association of Residential Managing Agents and the Chartered Institute of Housing. He was also an author of The Housing Forum’s ‘An Independent Future in Retirement Living’ report.

Mike is a graduate of Cardiff University, a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from the University of Bath School of Management.

"I am delighted that Abbeyfield is able to benefit from Mike's significant experience and impressive track record at what is a pivotal juncture in our history."

Paul Tennant, Chief Executive

"I am looking forward to using my knowledge and understanding of housing provision for older people to support Abbeyfield in the next chapter of their development."

Mike Turner, Chair

Mike also acknowledged the role of the outgoing chair, Jenny Lawrence. He said:

“I’d like to thank Jenny for her commitment to Abbeyfield over the last few years and the important role she has played in developing the organisation.”

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