Eddie Hughes MP has stepped down from his role as Chair of whg following the news that he will become Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Eddie, who has served on the board of whg for almost six years, will be supporting Ministers in their role to develop and deliver housing policies for the UK.

Gary Fulford, whg's Group Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Eddie has been given this fantastic opportunity to be right at the heart of housing policy development and delivery.

“Eddie has made a fantastic contribution to the strategic direction of whg and there is no doubt his passion and drive for our business and housing will be missed.

“I am sure his experience on our Board will have given him a thorough grounding in the key challenges facing the sector and inform his work as Parliamentary Private Secretary.

“We wish Eddie all the best in his new role and we look forward to continuing our relationship with him in the future."

The whg Board will discuss the future arrangements for the position of Chair at its meeting later this month. In the meantime, Deputy Chair Mike Hew will step into the role.

Eddie Hughes MP said: “Twelve months on from the general election I’m excited to be taking on additional responsibilities in the House of Commons. This role will allow me to further champion Walsall North and the West Midlands with Government Ministers.

“I’m passionate about housing and hope I can use my professional experience to support Ministers effectively in their duties. It is a real honour to be asked and it shows Walsall North is back on the map in Westminster.

“As a result of taking on the new role I’m stepping down as Chair of whg with immediate effect. I’ve spent many wonderful years working with this amazing housing association and with fantastic people. I look forward to continuing to work with them as a local Member of Parliament and thank everyone at whg for their support over the years.”