New chair and vice chair to bolster Tyne Housing board

A CHARITABLE housing association has bolstered its board with two high-profile appointments.

Tyne Housing has appointed Dr Annie Topping and Monica Burns as its new chair and vice-chair, coinciding with the organisation’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

A registered nurse and director of nursing at the NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board, Dr Topping will take on the role having been acting chair since January 2023.

Since moving to the UK over 30 years ago, she has held senior management and board level positions in a range of commissioning and provider organisations in the NHS and private sector.

Established in 1973, Tyne Housing provides housing, support, access to healthcare and innovate approaches to learning and skills. The organisation also invests in communities, with an emphasis on volunteering – all towards its purpose ‘helping people get to a better place’.

Tyne use stable housing as a starting point to address health inequalities and engage in activities that help each person move forward. The link between good health and good housing is what inspired Dr Topping to take on the role and explore how the skills and experience she has garnered can help further enhance its offering.

Annie said: “I am really honoured to be elected as chair. Tyne has always been there for the most vulnerable people in the North East, and its positive impacts on local communities go far beyond just housing. I would like to work with the Board and the staff team and build on this success.”

Taking on the role of vice chair, Monica Burns will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the housing sector to the organisation, having held a senior role in the National Housing Federation, helping to shape National housing policy – a position she held for 15 years.

Boasting a total of 30 years experience working in the sector, she has also worked in social housing, including carrying out research into rural homelessness with Northumbria University and working with local authorities and voluntary sectors and has experience working with large national housing associations, specialist housing associations and rural housing associations.

She said: “I am delighted to be elected as the vice chair of Tyne Housing. I have always supported and admired the essential work that Tyne carries out with some of the region’s most vulnerable residents. We have exciting and ambitious plans for the next few years and I am sure we will go from strength to strength.”