A LIVIN tenant has vowed to represent residents and make a difference in communities after joining the housing association's board.

Sheila Rooney, from Chilton, has a wealth of experience in health and wellbeing, having worked at Northumbria University teaching health science, after a long career as a heart and chest nurse.

She volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau for eight years, spent four years as a non-executive director at the NHS Primary Care Trust and worked in East Durham helping people back into work through condition management.

She said: “I am delighted to be welcomed onto the board at Livin. I have a passion for championing wider social issues following my work in communities over the years. I look forward to representing tenants and making a difference to local communities.”

Chief executive Colin Steel said: “This is an excellent example of our stated commitment of engaging with our tenants and communities, ensuring their views are represented in shaping services and making key decisions. Sheila has a wealth of relevant skills and importantly brings additional community-based knowledge and experience to the board. She is an excellent addition to our team.”

For details on how to get involved with Livin visit the Get Involved page at livin.co.uk