Pinnacle Group has appointed the former leader of the London Borough of Haringey, Claire Kober, as its new director of housing.
Kober left her role at Haringey in January after facing fierce criticism for her support of the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) – a £2bn joint venture between the council and Lendlease to develop 6,400 new homes in the area.
She left it to her successor to decide on whether the project goes ahead. Her replacement is expected to be revealed shortly – results from yesterday’s local election for Haringey Council are due to be announced later this afternoon.
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In her new role Kober will lead on Pinnacle’s delivery of innovative housing management services as well as enhancement of the customer experience within existing contracts; new housing operating models; on-going development of Pinnacle’s PRS offer; and the refinement of Pinnacle’s leasehold block management services.
Commenting on her new role, Kober said: “High quality housing is the centrepiece of successful thriving communities. That is why I am delighted to be joining Pinnacle Group as director of housing, ensuring that the company continues to play a leading role in the provision of high quality housing management services.
“Pinnacle Group has a long track record of working with a range of partners to deliver innovative housing services solutions. I’m looking forward to helping the company grow and develop its offer by creating sustainable communities where people want to live”.
Group chief executive Perry Lloyd said Pinnacle had appointed Claire for her “leadership skills, understanding of the sector and her experience as an innovator”.
Kober entered politics in 2002. In November 2008, having previously served as Labour’s chief whip, she was elected leader of Haringey Council in succession to George Meehan. In June 2010, Kober was appointed by Hackney mayor Jules Pipe as deputy chair of London Councils, the body which represents the interests of the 32 London Borough Councils.