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Senior Management Team

Julia Histon, Chief Executive

Julia Histon, Chief Executive


Julia is Chief Executive, with overall responsibility for the effective leadership, performance and development of the Association. The Chief Executive is the primary link person with the Board, the Regulator: The Homes and Communities Agency, funders, the National Housing Federation, Local Authority partners and numerous other outside bodies. She also represents the Association at Regional forums and events and is Vice Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Chief Executives forum.  Julia has worked in housing for over 25 years, both for social landlords, and in the community and regeneration sectors.  Julia is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has a degree in Business Administration.


Kate Spencer, Operations Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Kate Spencer, Operations Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Kate is Operations Director and Deputy Chief Executive, with responsibility for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the association's housing stock, including rent collection, letting of properties, repairs and customer services. She is also responsible for the management of a wide range of supported housing services, in residential and non-residential settings that are staffed by the Association or by Managing agents on our behalf.  Kate deputises for the Chief Executive as required.

Paul Atkins, Property & Development Director

Paul Atkins, Property & Development Director

Paul Joined YHA in 2012 and has over 25 year's experience in the construction industry. He started his career working in the private sector on various development sites nationally. He has a degree in construction management and is an incorporate member of the Chartered Institute of Building. Paul is responsible for liaising with local authorities and with other interested parties on housing strategies and Local Development Plans to ensure that the Association invests its finance in developing homes where they are needed the most. He works with various consultants, contractors and funding partners on the development of new high quality housing schemes. Paul is also responsible for the planning and delivery of the investment programme for the Associations existing properties. He has a keen interest in sport and lives in York with his wife and two step children.




Paul Roberts, Finance Director

Paul Roberts, Finance Director

Paul is Finance Director. He is responsible for all aspects of financial management, control, reporting and forecasting; including treasury management and rent accounting. He also leads on risk management and oversees the organisation's investment in information technology.


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14 Aug 2014

Estate Inspections

Estate Inspections will be carried out on the following dates:


Faber Street, Richmond Street and Regent Street


Tuesday am - every 4 weeks from 12.8.14


Auden House, Apollo Street, Alne Terrace, Horsman Avenue


Monday pm - every 4 weeks from 11.8.14


Bretgate and Margaret Philipson Court

Monday pm - every 4 weeks from 18.8.14


Pasture View Road

Thursday am - every 4 weeks from 28.8.14


Latest News

29 Aug 2014

£2 million affordable housing scheme completed in Elvington

YHA celebrated the completion of a £2 million affordable housing development, Jubilee Court yesterday.

2 Jul 2014

Homes for Britain

Julia Histon, Chief Executive, attended the Homes for Britain briefing and reception in London yesterday.

Homes for Britain is the successful coalition of the whole housing industry that the National Housing Federation established.  

An exciting plan to work together to make housing a key issue at the next General Election has been developed.