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Welsh parliament’s former media manager to head up Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has appointed Matt Dicks as new director for Wales. He will take up the role in early 2017, the organisation said.

Dicks said he was “delighted” by the appointment.

“I am looking forward to working with a dedicated team at CIH Cymru, the board, and most importantly members, to work towards ensuring that the voice of those delivering sustainable affordable housing in Wales is heard loud and clear by the decision-makers in Cardiff and Westminster,” he added. “I will also focus on attracting new members to the organisation and providing further opportunities to existing members so that we can move forward together and meet the challenges that the housing sector faces in Wales.”

The CIH said Dicks is “armed” with a breadth of knowledge of the Welsh policy landscape following 17 years working as a senior communicator at the heart of Welsh civic and political life.

In 2009 he joined the National Assembly as its media relations manager where he has transformed the Welsh Parliament’s media operation into a modern multi-platform, multi-media offer fit for the modern digital communications world. In that time, he has also been responsible for gatekeeping the institution’s reputation, as well as promoting its work to the people of Wales and further afield.

In 2013 Dicks joined the board of the Cadarn Housing Group, the parent company of the Newydd Housing Association, a social landlord operating in south and Mid Wales.

Annie Mauger, the CIH’s executive director for the devolved nations, said: “I am delighted that Matt is joining us to lead the team in Wales. His background in public affairs and communications will be hugely valuable in getting the messages across to decision makers about the contribution housing makes to changing lives and building communities.”

Paul Diggory, chair of the CIH Cymru board, added: “Matt will bring a fresh perspective to this important role. The board members are very impressed with his passion for housing and his previous work at the Welsh Assembly will mean a strong voice for our members in the corridors of power.”

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