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Local community housing provider Pacific Link Housing (PLH) has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. It has been announced that Ian Lynch, the company’s current Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role from Thursday 19 September 2019.
Mr Lynch has been with PLH since 2017 and has worked locally on the Central Coast and overseas in a number of commercial companies in the IT, Hospitality and Insurance sectors. As a qualified CPA, Mr Lynch has a strong finance background and a deep understanding of the community housing sector and supporting services.
“The Board undertook an extensive search and recruitment process to carefully select the best candidate for this role,” said Wal Edgell, Chairman of Pacific Link Housing.
“The combination of Ian’s skillset and experience in the delivery of community housing sector and associated services and his inclusive and highly effective management style positioned Ian, in the Board’s view, as the best qualified of the impressive range of candidates considered. Ian’s appointment will ensure we continue to achieve our aspiration of growth and diversity of operations, including successfully delivering our pipeline of development projects,” said Mr Edgell.
“I am excited to be appointed to lead Pacific Link Housing in further improving the supply of affordable housing to the Central Coast and Hunter communities,” says Mr Lynch. In recent years, the company has delivered 68 new social and affordable housing units worth over $15 million, and has a further 63 units in the pipeline.
“Pacific Link’s mission to provide the best possible outcomes and support programs for our tenants is inspiring, and I look forward to taking an innovative approach, forming new partnerships, to continue this work and make a difference in the community,” continued Mr Lynch.
PLH’s strong tenant focus has assisted more than 900 residents through the organisation’s self-funded tenant support programs, which provide opportunities and extensive support for tenants to improve their lives and, where possible, transition to mainstream housing. Mr Lynch was instrumental in the establishment of Key2 Realty, PLH’s new social enterprise start-up. “Key2 Realty offers a social enterprise alternative to traditional real estate agencies – delivering property management services for a flat fee. It appeals to local property investors as a unique, community-focussed business, with Key2’s profits being invested in Pacific Link’s capacity building programs to support the most vulnerable in our community” he said.
“The Board, management team and staff are all looking forward to this next phase in the organisation’s growth and continuing to deliver and enhance Pacific Link’s track record of high rates of tenant satisfaction for our more than 2,000 residents,” said Mr Edgell.

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