Yarlington Housing Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Jimmy Overill as co-optee to the Group’s Board and Yarlington’s youngest Board member.
In October this year, Yarlington partnered with CIH Futures to recruit for a young professional, under the age of 30, to join their Board as a co-optee.
With young non-executive directors as the minority across all sectors and latest statistics showing 40% of young people cannot afford the cheapest home in their local area, Yarlington is keen to ensure that the housing sector has a viable future and the next generation of leaders are not only given the opportunity to influence how the housing sector works but their specific needs are heard and addressed.
On his appointment, Jimmy said:
“I can’t wait to get started in my role as a co-optee Board member at Yarlington. I can’t begin to express my gratitude to the organisation for firstly giving me the opportunity, but secondly for being brave enough to step out and promote the contribution young people can make in this space. What I intend on bringing to the Board is bags of passion, ideas and the commitment to have a voice on the key issues facing Yarlington.”
At 24, Jimmy is a Development Officer in the property team at Plus Dane Housing in Liverpool. Prior to this, Jimmy attended university in Leeds where he studied sociology, focusing his work on proposed regeneration of East London as a result of the London 2012 Olympics, from a housing perspective.
As a developing and innovative organisation, Yarlington also aims to better reflect the changing demographics of its customer base, enabling fresh perspectives and challenging debates to its Board meetings.
On Jimmy’s appointment, Yarlington’s Chief Executive, Caroline Moore said:
“I am delighted to welcome Jimmy to Yarlington’s Board. This is an exciting opportunity for Jimmy to develop his non-executive career, and also for Yarlington as we continue to innovate in our thinking.
“This appointment ensures that the leaders of the future can influence the way we work, and I look forward to working alongside Jimmy and valuing the diversity that he brings to the Board.”
Yarlington will provide Jimmy with guidance, mentoring and training throughout the duration of his position and through his appointment, Yarlington hopes to encourage more young, talented people to consider housing as a career and to promote the investment in aspiring housing professionals.