Remembering Andrew Malone

It’s with deep sadness that we share the news that our founding Chief Executive, Andrew Malone, passed away on Wednesday 22 February 2023.

In 1973, Andrew single-handedly approached Nottingham City Council for a loan of half a million pounds. Armed with a small grant from Shelter and a pledge to provide the city with 100 affordable homes that year, thankfully, the council agreed. Nottingham Community Housing Association was born.

From these humble beginnings, NCHA now owns over 10,000 homes, provides care and support to thousands of people, and employs 1,200 people across the East Midlands. An incredible legacy, and one we’re really proud of.

In 2005 Andrew was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to social housing across the East Midlands. He considered the award to be a recognition of the work of the whole association not just himself, but the reality was – without Andrew Malone, there would be no NCHA.

You only had to meet him briefly to see he was a force of nature. He had an incredible vision and ambition to make a difference, along with a drive to get things done. It was this determination and passion that has made NCHA what it is today.

It’s desperately sad that Andrew won’t be here to celebrate our 50th anniversary in April, but we’ll continue with our plans to mark the occasion; they will be in his honour.

Rest in peace, Andrew.