Gurpreet Dehal appointed chair of Housing 21

Gurpreet Dehal

Gurpreet Dehal has been appointed chair of the board at Housing 21 to help drive the organisation’s social purpose, mission, values and ambitions.

Dehal, who is chair at University of Derby, gained executive experience in financial risk management and investment banking global operations, with senior leadership positions at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse from 2006 to 2014.

He then pursued a career with non-executive roles in higher education, multi-academy trusts, financial services, including advising the government on access to dormant assets, infrastructure and an NHS commissioning group. This has also included non-executive roles within defence for nearly nine years and, last month, he took on the role of independent member of the RICS governing council.

‘Throughout the interview process and during my visit to Housing 21’s schemes, the emphasis on people – both residents and employees – really stood out as a consistent focus for the organisation, and something which I believe is at the heart of every great organisation,’ said Dehal.

‘There has been some fantastic work undertaken by the previous chair, Stephen Hughes, and I am looking forward to building upon those foundations to further the impact of Housing 21’s social purpose. The organisation is absolutely committed to supporting residents and delivering inclusive communities, and I am passionate that residents receive an excellent experience.’

Hughes resigned as chair in October after almost ten years in the role.