WE are delighted to announce that a resident has become our first female Chair.
Former Vice-Chair, Ursula Heelis, was appointed Chair of our Board of Trustees at a recent meeting held at our main office, Myriad House, in Chelmsford.
Replacing Martin Dean - who served as Chairman from 2006 to 2012 – Ursula has been one of our tenants since September 2003 and a Chelmsford resident for most of her life.
Active in resident involvement since becoming a tenant, Ursula - a former teacher, college and university tutor - previously spent two years as a representative of CHP Residents’ Voice (formerly the Chelmer Residents’ Forum), one of which was spent as treasurer, before joining our Board of Trustees as a director in 2008.
A keen hockey player and umpire, Ursula has also been the Vice-President of the Eastern Hockey Association and the Chairman of Chelmsford Hockey Club.
Ursula said: “I’m privileged and delighted to have become Chair. Life offers opportunities - and maybe rewards - should we have the desire to work for them.
“I’m committed to ensuring that residents have the means to improve their quality of life, wherever they live in Essex, and I hope that many will take up the many opportunities that we offer.”
At the board meeting, former resident director, Keith Andrew, was promoted to Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. Having joined our Board in 2010, Keith was an elected member of Chelmsford City Council (previously Chelmsford Borough Council) and spent eight years as its leader from 1983 to 1991. He is currently the Chairman of Farleigh Hospice in Essex, a position he has held for ten years.