Reallies welcomes new Board Chair Paul Tennant OBE


Reallies, has appointed Paul Tennant OBE, as Independent Chair of its board. Paul will play a key role in the organisation as it further strengthens frameworks to help Registered Providers boost supply chain efficiency, and support local communities by using the procurement process to help those furthest from the job market back into work.


Paul is well placed to support Reallies in achieving its strategic goals. With nearly 35 years’ experience in the housing sector, he most recently served as chief executive of the housing association, Orbit Group, between 2003 and December 2016. During his time at Orbit, he oversaw the transformation of the organisation into the second-largest housebuilding association in the UK.


Speaking about his new appointment, Paul explained: “It’s a fascinating time to be joining the Reallies team. The organisation has really grown in recent years, increasing its influence among suppliers to help members maximise the efficiency of their supply chains. Going forward, I will be focused on highlighting the ability of Re:allies not only to give its members a collective voice in the sector but also, through intelligent procurement, to add value to the communities they work in, by creating job opportunities for vulnerable local people.”


Mike Brogan, chief executive of Reallies, added: “Paul brings truly formidable expertise to Reallies that will bolster our board. With Paul as part of the team, we will really be able to improve our offer to members in terms of services and best practice guidance. With all this, we can be sure members have everything they need to continue to provide their residents with comfortable, decent homes, as well as support the regeneration of local economies.”