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NHBC's first female Chair takes up role on Board of Directors

Isabel Hudson becomes the first female chair in NHBC's 75 year history on 24 November 2011.

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Isabel joins NHBC, the UK's leading warranty and insurance provider, at a time of unprecedented change in the housing market. She brings three decades of experience in the insurance and finance sectors, including the role of Executive Director of the Prudential's UK business.

In her previous roles, Isabel successfully navigated changing business environments on an international level.  She has been NHBC's deputy chair since May 2011.

Her appointment will be formally announced at NHBC's annual lunch which is attended by more than 300 key stakeholders involved in housing delivery and raising standards for consumers. In her inaugural speech as NHBC chair Isabel Hudson will address guests including Treasury Minister Danny Alexander.

On her appointment Isabel Hudson said: "I am delighted to assume the role of NHBC Chair and to be carrying on the excellent work of my predecessor, Sir John Carter.

"Today's housing market is undergoing significant political and economic change, and the new homes industry is facing enormous challenges. I look forward to working with NHBC as it remains firmly-committed to helping the industry continue to raise standards, while ensuring that consumer concerns remain central. NHBC has played a major role during its 75 year history and I welcome the opportunity to be involved in its future work which, ultimately, will help further drive up standards and improve housing supply for generations of consumers."

Imtiaz Farookhi, NHBC Chief Executive said: "We are very pleased to welcome Isabel as our new Chair. Since 1936 NHBC's strength has been its ability to adapt and embark on new activity to help further achieve our core objectives to raise standards and provide consumer protection. We have also worked closely with Government and helped support the delivery of sound housing policy. Isabel joins us in challenging but interesting times and her knowledge and experience in senior positions within global organisations will undoubtedly be of great value to NHBC."

About Isabel Hudson

Isabel has worked in the insurance and finance sectors for thirty years.  She served as Executive Director of the Prudential's UK business, Chair of Prudential International Assurance and was Chief Executive of specialist pension buyout firm, Synesis Life.  She was also Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the large European insurance company, Eureko, where she oversaw a period of major change and growth. Isabel is also Non-Executive Director on the boards of MGM Advantage, QBE Insurance Group, The Pensions Regulator, and Phoenix Group Holdings.

News Date: 23/11/11