David Orr has announced that he is retiring from the post of chief executive of the National Housing Federation at the end of September 2018.
Mr Orr, who has been in the role for the past 12 years, told the NHF’s board earlier this week that he is retiring.
Before joining the NHF, Mr Orr was chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and of Newlon Housing Trust. He has worked in housing for 35 years.
While chief executive of the NHF, Mr Orr also served as president of CECODHAS Housing Europe and as a board member of The Housing Finance Corporation, chairing its credit committee.
In a letter announcing his decision to retire, Mr Orr wrote that he has been “enormously privileged” to have led the federation.
“The future success of housing associations is critical to the future success of this country,” he said.
Responding to Mr Orr’s announcement, NHF chair Baroness Diana Warwick said: “Over the past 12 years David has championed the independence and ambitions of housing associations, and their critical role in tackling the housing crisis.”
“David will continue to provide strong leadership for the federation over the coming months, as we conduct an extensive and thorough recruitment process for his successor.”