York Housing Association - 50 Years

Board

Janet Whipps: Chair of the Board

Janet Whipps: Chair of the Board

Janet is a qualified town planner and has worked in planning, housing and regeneration for 35 years. She spent most of her working career in Hull, rising to the position of Chief Housing Officer.  Latterly she was Chief Executive of Gateway the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder for Hull.  She is now retired but is an Associate Director with regeneration company Eye Develop.

Mike Newbury: Chair of Audit Committee

Mike Newbury: Chair of Audit Committee

Mike is a qualified accountant and has worked extensively in the fields of audit and independent reviews of public sector organisations across England. He is currently a Director at the National Audit Office and responsible, amongst other things, for the audit of England's 34 Probation Trusts. Mike was raised in social housing in a rural community and is passionate about the difference good quality affordable homes can make to people's lives.

Mike Leonard: Deputy Chair of Audit Committee

Mike Leonard: Deputy Chair of Audit Committee

Mike joined the Board as an Observer in December 2010, and is a qualified facilities/property manager. 

Mike has worked in residential accommodation services for over thirteen years in both the Higher Education sector and as a Board member for Leeds South East Homes, and is currently employed as the Residential Property Manager at The University of Leeds.

Alison Rusdale

Alison Rusdale

Alison joined the Board as an observer in February 2015. A qualified accountant she has worked in Social Housing for most of her career first with Barnsley Council and then transferring to Berneslai Homes in 2004. She is now Director of Corporate Services for Berneslai Homes.

 

Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson

Recently retired and now living in Ryedale. Ian's first employment was with Betty's the famous tearooms however, he spent most of his career in Bradford specialising in housing management and regeneration projects. Ian was involved in the transfer of the council's housing stock to BCHT now Incommunities.

Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a previous Branch Chairman and Treasurer. His non executive roles have included the chairmanship of Manningham HA, Sadeh Lok HA and Foundation, a charity addressing homelessness and in particular the housing needs of ex offenders.

 

Mike Wills

Mike Wills

Mike joined the Board in February 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant and started his career working within National Government for the Inland Revenue and the Treasury.

After some years as the tax partner in a large provincial accountancy practice, Mike moved into direct company management by way of a series of non-executive directorships. He also helped create a new specialist school which was sold to a national concern. Mike could possibly be best described as a "company doctor", as over the last twenty years he has been involved in restructuring and developing many privately owned groups of companies.

Mike joined the Board of Family Housing Association in York and quickly developed the strategy that led to that organisation being effectively absorbed by York Housing Association.

He has largely retired from corporate work, but acts as a trustee, executor, treasurer and company advisor for a variety of individuals and organisations.

 

Sue Walters-Thompson

Sue Walters-Thompson

Sue joined the Board in September 2012.  A Chartered Town Planner since 1992, Sue's career has spanned both the public and private sectors. Initially employed by Harrogate Borough Council in Forward Planning, Sue then moved to work in the housebuilding industry for a number of years before taking up employment at City of York Council where she was involved in affordable housing negotiations and also worked closely with local communities.

 Sue has also worked for housing and planning consultancies and, for five years, held the position of North Yorkshire Housing Strategy Manager - a sub regional post facilitating partnership working on strategic housing issues across North Yorkshire.  She is currently Housing Manager at Hambleton District Council.

 

Pat Southgate

Pat Southgate

Pat is a recently retired nurse of 44 years, the last 30 years as a Public Health nurse, working directly with families and their communities. She has worked at a strategic level in several large health organisations, including the Nursing Midwifery Council, the regulatory organisation for nursing in Great Britain.

She has also, amongst other experiences, served as an Independent Board member of a large Housing Association in Norfolk and a board member of a large Further College of Education. She has considerable experience, working from both a front line perspective, and strategic governance perspective, in finding solutions that marry the two often different perspectives and needs. Pat is committed to contributing her experience and knowledge to ensure the best possible outcomes for the tenants and York Housing Association as an aspiring organisation.

Juliette Clark

Juliette Clark

Juliette joined the Board in January 2017 as a Co-optee specialising in supported housing. An experienced development and project manager sourcing supported housing capital and revenue solutions. An expert in environmental and service design for extra care and other supported housing, Juliette is passionate about integrated health and social care services transformation.  

Juliette worked for more than fifteen years in housing associations and then moved to Head of Extra Care, responsible for the delivery of North Yorkshire County Council's Extra Care Housing Programme.  Juliette currently works as a consultant for health and housing integration and other development projects.

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