The Abbeyfield Society has appointed Paul Tennant as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Paul, who has served as CEO of The Law Society for the past five years, will take up his position in January 2022.
During his time with The Law Society, Paul led the organisation through a process of modernisation, reducing the cost of the Society to its members and supporting staff and members through the pandemic. His new role sees him making a return to the housing sector, where he spent the majority of his career to date.
Paul’s credentials include leading property management and development companies, working with housing associations, charities, communities, government and local authorities, funders and property developers. He was formerly President of the Chartered Institute of Housing and received an OBE in 2016 for services to housing.
“Housing remains a key interest for me, especially services for older people,” said Paul. “The role of Chief Executive for The Abbeyfield Society is an opportunity too good to pass up.”
The Abbeyfield Society has over 100 managed properties in the UK and serves as an umbrella body for 145 Abbeyfield Member Societies who manage more than 370 properties across the UK and internationally.
Paul added: “In all of my roles I have sought to create and lead effective organisations and stretch them to do more; developing people and teams to maximise their potential and impact they can have; in the housing sector this has been to support excluded and disadvantaged groups to make a real difference to their lives and choices.”
The Abbeyfield Society Chair, Jenny Lawrence, said: “We are delighted to have found in Paul a very experienced and knowledgeable CEO, who will be able to continue to drive and deliver our ambitions for growth across care and housing services for older people.”