Amber Housing appoints new Chair and three new Board Members

Today Amber Housing has appointed Peter Hall as its new Chair and three new board members, Ashely Beaton, Nichola Harrison and Teresa Ocansey as it pursues its strategic goal of becoming a Registered Provider of Social Housing.

Amber Housing operates as a fully owned subsidiary of UK charity care provider Ambient Support providing quality housing management, property development and facilities management across the UK.

Troy Henshall, CEO of Amber Housing, says:

“We had a very clear plan of appointing individuals with diverse skillsets, experience, and knowledge to help us expertly deliver our 5-year plan and reach our goals which include becoming a Registered Provider.

“As a Registered Provider, Amber will have the opportunity to share our expertise and knowledge to deliver property management and services to other charities, SME’s and care providers working with vulnerable people in the heart of communities across the country.

“These new appointments signify an exciting progression as all four individuals have the expertise and experience to deliver our plans.”

As new Chair, Peter Hall replaces Samantha Barber who was in the role for 4 years.

 Peter started working in Housing after leaving university and has worked with over 60 organisations including charities, local authorities, and commercial businesses. With experience working across all levels, Peter’s roles include Operations Director, Chief Executive and most recently Strategic Consultancy & Interim Executive roles.

 On his appointment as Chair, Peter says:

“Amber Housing is on a transformational journey and it’s very exciting to be a part of it. Being Chair of an exceptionally strong board with very talented people who can contribute, is extremely appealing.

“Working in the housing sector is not simply about assets. It’s about bringing humanity to buildings. I relish working with an agile organisation with a clear remit, as you can see and feel the impacts immediately.”

When asked about the opportunities and challenges ahead, Peter said:

“We face many challenges, including the obvious ones of inflation and the labour market, but if we look at the opportunities that arise- such as people looking for more cost-effective solutions- we can leverage what Amber and Ambient can do collectively- and this will be increasingly important as we move forward together.

“Unfortunately, there are challenges facing the younger generations and we have a crisis whereby a vast majority of homeless people and people living in hostels have Learning Disabilities and Mental Health issues.

“To provide housing for these vulnerable groups is a core purpose for Amber and if I can be part of any organisation that moves the dial on their life stories then I will feel like I have contributed well to that.”

 Mark Milton, CEO of Ambient Support, says:

“We were incredibly fortunate to have Peter join as Chair who brings a wealth of experience and a fantastic record of delivering exceptional services to customers and vulnerable people.”

 Amber Housing also welcomes three new board members; Ashley Beaton, Assistant Neighbourhood Director at Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team, Nichola Harrison, Head of Health & Safety at Paradigm Housing Group and Teresa Ocansey, Non-Executive Director at Building a Safer Future.


Amber Housing appoints new CEO

Amber Housing today appoints Troy Henshall as its new CEO as the not-for-profit continues its 5-year-strategy plan for growth and expansion of its portfolio.

Troy brings over 20 years of experience working in the housing sector to Amber Housing with his most recent role as Director of Business Services and Operations at Wandle Housing where he was responsible for overseeing front line service delivery, corporate services delivery, strategic direction and its modernisation programme.

A self-confessed ‘energetic leader’ Troy commented on his new role, and the opportunities and challenges for Amber Housing, he said:

“I believe passionately in providing housing services to the people who need it in our society and have a keen interest in supporting adults with Learning Difficulties and Mental Health issues.

“With a fantastic record of delivering exceptional services to customers and vulnerable people, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Amber Housing and Ambient Support team.  

“The immediate focus will be on expanding Amber’s portfolio of properties and services. However, this is against a backdrop of factors including rising inflation and it’s imperative we balance our plans to ensure we can continue to deliver our services in a cost-effective way.”

The organisations’ 5-year strategy includes plans to become a Registered Provider of Social Housing which will create opportunities for Amber to share their expertise and knowledge to deliver property management and services to other charities, SME’s and care providers working with vulnerable people in the heart of communities across the country.

Samantha Barber, Chair of Amber Housing said:

“We are continuing to work towards our 5-year strategy which sees us transform and position ourselves as a partner of choice, delivering property management and services to care providers working with vulnerable people in the heart of communities across the country.

“Troy’s understanding of working across different disciplines of housing and his expertise in leadership, business strategy, transformation and growth will be invaluable as we strive to achieve our goals.”

COVID 19 Statement

Amber Housing is keeping up to date with guidance and advice from both the Government, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE) in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

We are in a dynamic and evolving situation and are keeping up-to-date in order to be able to provide promptly accurate information to our employees, site staff, tenants and contractors.

The safety of our employees, staff, tenants and contractors remains our highest priority.

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Yasemin Suleyman

Yasemin Suleyman – Health & Safety Compliance Officer

Yasemin joined Amber Housing in July 2023 and her major responsibility is the maintenance of all health and safety statutory compliance. Her specific responsibilities are with fire safety, statutory compliance and Legionella/water safety. She previously worked for Ambient Support for six years before coming over to Amber.

Yasemin has worked in the Health & Social Care sector for twelve years in various roles.

In her spare time away from work, she likes to spend time with her family exploring and making memories.