Julia Histon, Chief Executive
Julia joined York HA in 2011 as Chief Executive. She has previously worked in housing and regeneration for over 25 years, and has previously worked for Housing Associations, Regeneration Companies, and Local Authorities. Prior to her current role, all of Julia's previous career has been in the North East; including Gateshead, Sunderland, Newcastle, Hartlepool and the Tees Valley.
Julia is Vice Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber National Housing Federation Chief Executive's Group, and an active participant in the regional Smaller Housing Association's Group. She also represents the Housing Association sector on the Housing Board for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP area.
Julia has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing for 25 years and also has a degree in Business Administration. On a personal note, Julia juggles work with a home life involving three school age children, a husband, keeping hens, and representing her local village in the tennis league.
Kate Spencer, Operations Director
Kate is Operations Director, 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.
Derrick Palmer, Resource Director
Derrick is responsible for all aspects of the Association's ‘back office' services. These include financial management, control, reporting and forecasting; including treasury management and rent accounting. Derrick also leads on risk management and value for money. Derrick oversees the organisation's investment in and development of information technology, Human Resources, and Administrative services. These include Governance administration, ‘front of house' reception, customer service and telephony.