York Housing Association

Leadership Team

Julia Histon, Managing Director

Julia Histon, Managing Director

Julia joined York HA in 2011 as Chief Executive.  She has worked in housing and regeneration for over 30 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 30 years and has a degree in Business Administration.

In December 2017 York Housing Association became a subsidiary within the Karbon Homes Group and Julia’s designation changed to Managing Director.

 

 

Kate Spencer, Operations Director

Kate Spencer, Operations Director

 

Kate joined York HA in 1991 and carried out a variety of roles in housing management before becoming Operations Director. She previously worked for a Housing Association in the South of England, specialising in housing management and support.

 

Kate is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Chartered Management Institute and is a Trustee of a local Charity providing services to people who are disadvantaged and socially excluded.

 

Kate deputises for the Managing Director.

 

 

Nic Dennison - Head of Housing Services

Nic Dennison - Head of Housing Services

Nic joined York HA in August 2017 with over 20 years' experience in housing across both Housing Associations and Local Authorities. He is responsible for providing leadership and strategic /  performance management to our housing and support teams. This includes tenancy management, income collection, letting and sales of properties, estate services and customer involvement & scrutiny.

 

Nic has a background in housing management and has managed all types of housing types and tenures across Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East. He has worked in a previous role as a leasehold specialist and has been involved in the many affordable home ownership products available. Nic was previously a member of the National Home-Ownership Advisory Panel.

 

 

 

Mina Soi Westby - Head of Property Maintenace

Mina Soi Westby - Head of Property Maintenace

Mina began her social housing and construction management career in 1986. 

she has achieved 1st Class Bachelor degree in Construction Management in 2015.

Mina's current role at York Housing Association is to provide effective leadership, strategic, and performance management of the Association's property assets. Oversee the delivery of services and service development together with financial and risk management.

 

Graeme Craik

Graeme Craik

Graeme joined the Karbon Group in 2017 and is based in York.  He has held senior finance positions for over 20 years.  He has worked in local authorities for nearly 30 years and within education for 15 years.  Graeme is a member of CIPFA, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and has been a governor and chair of an audit committee within a sixth form college.

Graeme's role within the Association is to provide the link between York and the Karbon Group for the provision of business planning, budget setting, revenue & capital monitoring, treasury management, reporting of financial performance and the liaising with internal & external auditors.

 

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