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: Vice Chair
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 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.
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.
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.
Paul Fiddaman - Chief Executive of Karbon Homes
Paul is the Group Chief Executive of Karbon Homes.
Prior to the creation of Karbon Homes, Paul served as Group Chief Executive of the Isos Group. He had previously been Deputy Chief Executive from 1st October 2014 when Cestria Housing became a part of the Isos Housing Group. Paul joined Cestria Housing as Chief Executive in April 2011.
Before Cestria, Paul was Group Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Fabrick Housing Group (now part of the Thirteen Group).
Paul trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse and qualified in 1990. Paul joined Sunderland Football Club in 1992, initially as Financial Controller, before progressing to General Manager and Club Secretary. His first full-time job in housing was with Enterprise 5 in 1996, where he became Director of Finance and Development. He had been a board member of a housing association while at SAFC, and had felt a real connection with the values of the sector and has been involved in housing ever since.
Carol is the Group Director of Development for the Clanmil Housing Group, a registered Housing Association based in NI. She has extensive property development experience working within the social housing arena and currently leads the delivery of an ambitious growth agenda for Clanmil . Carol is currently a member of the NI All party working group on construction and a committee member of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations. As a corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, she is also a registered CIH Mentor.
Steve has worked in housing for over 25 years and during his career has been responsible for all areas of housing management, maintenance and the wider strategic housing functions - including delivery of affordable housing, homelessness and private sector housing regulation and enforcement.
Prior to joining St. Leger Homes Steve spent 13 years as the Chief Housing Officer for City of York Council and during this time led the organisation through major change including developing a programme of new house building and working with communities in response to major welfare reform changes.
Steve is a strong advocate of creating sustainable vibrant communities through placing the customer first and developing services around their needs.