Richard Kemp CBE has announced that he is to retire as chairman of Neighbourhood investor (Ni) Plus Dane Group.
The leader of Liverpool’s Liberal Democrats and former deputy chair of the Local Government Association is stepping down to concentrate on his city council and consultancy work.
Cllr Kemp will formally give up the role at group’s annual general meeting on September 20, by which time the Merseyside and Cheshire housing association will have appointed his successor.
Richard, who became chair 18 months ago, said: "I feel incredibly proud of the work Plus Dane does, not only in the neighbourhoods they serve but in the housing movement as a whole.
"As they continue their fight for fairness and against inequality, I feel the time is right for me to hand over the reins to someone who will bring new perspectives to this vital mission.
"There will be no shortage of first class candidates for this role and I wish my successor every good fortune."
In retirement, Cllr Kemp is ending a long association with Plus Dane Group. He is a former chair of Include Neighbourhood Regeneration and stepped aside as chair of Plus Housing Group when it merged with Dane Housing in 2008.
During his time as Plus Dane chair he sought to broaden the group’s political influence and helped secure a £100m contract to manage council housing in Ellesmere Port and Neston.
Plus Dane’s chief executive Ken Perry: "On behalf of the whole organisation I would like to thank Richard for the contribution he has made to Plus Dane Group and the impact his work has had on the housing movement as a whole."