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The Board

We are governed by the NCHA Board, consisting of members from the local community, NCHA tenants and leaseholders.

It's our objective to recruit and retain Board members who possess the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to help us set policy and monitor performance most effectively. We recruit new members who best balance the needs of the Board at that particular time. Board recruitment is carried out in accordance with our equal opportunities guidelines and the process is monitored throughout.

Every year the Board reviews the balance of it’s members in terms of equalities and diversity and the skills, knowledge and experience of its membership. We then try to fill any gaps by agreeing recruitment needs and priority training.

The current Board membership is as follows:-

     

Claire Winfield (Chair) BA (Hons)
Appointed to the Board in 2013, Claire has been Chair of the Board since 2016. She trained as a youth and community worker and since graduating in 1992 has spent all of her working life in human services. She has worked with homeless young people, people with learning disabilities and people who use mental health services. Her current role is as CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire.


     
     

Ann McCarthy (Vice-Chair) MA, MCIEH, MCIH
Re-elected to the Board in 2011 and in 2006 became Vice Chair of the Audit Committee. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Social Work and Professional Practice at Nottingham Trent University.


     
     

Steve Worthington ACMA.
Appointed to the Board in 2010. He is a qualified management accountant who has extensive financial, commercial and project management experience in the manufacturing and service sectors, and has spent a number of years in senior positions in further education. He is now involved in interim management and consultancy in the education sector.

     
    Carri Swann
Appointed in June 2014, Carri is a law graduate from Oxford University who recently completed the LPC at De Montfort University. During her studies she undertook voluntary work for pro bono charity Advocates for International Development, the Oxfordshire Short Term Advocacy Service, and Street Law, and worked for a legal aid funded firm in Nottingham.
     
    David Harrison
Having worked in both the public and private sector for thirty years, David has extensive experience of housing. He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing since 1987. Currently, he heads housing research for a private sector consultancy.
     
    Audra Wynter MBA FMAAT ATT (fellow), FCMI, MIC
An experienced finance professional with extensive knowledge in the areas of business and taxation, Audra is an Owner Manager of an accountancy and tax practice. She has launched and managed successful enterprises over the last 15 years, and was awarded the prestigious East Midlands Woman of the Year, 2008. Audra also serves on the Boards of Framework Housing Association, One Nottingham and was the Chair of Tuntum Housing.
     
    Paul Casey BA (Hons)
With more than 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector, Paul specialises in asset management and development functions. Currently a Director of an affordable housing consultancy, that provide development and asset management services to small developers and a number of social housing providers. He is also an associate director of Savills Housing Consultancy.
   
   
Gerard O'Reilly
Appointed in December 2015, Gerard has worked in the public sector for almost twenty years. Gerard is a manager in the NHS, supporting the training and development of doctors working to become consultants and GPs. Gerard has a Foundation Degree in Business Management and is passionate about excellent customer services. 
     
    Chris Blackburn
Appointed in April 2016, Chris brings a wide range of administrative experience to the position, gained from years in both the public and private sector. More recently he has been an involved tenant with NCHA, having Chaired the Nottingham and Tenancy Customer Advisory Panels as well as the Collective Panel.
     
    Donna Edwards
Appointed to the Board in 2016, Donna is an experienced, qualified accountant with a broad base of experience across a number of sectors. She has worked in various roles within the NHS, Audit Commission, NAO and most recently in the SME sector. She has over 10 years experience working as a financial regulator for the Tenants' Services Authority within the East Midlands. She has been treasurer of a school PTA and currently volunteers for a local charity.
     
    Callum Gillespie BSc (Hons)
Appointed to the Board in September 2016, Callum has a background in IT programme delivery and change
management. He’s worked across a range of sectors, and has spent 18 months working with one of the UK’s
largest housing associations, across a range of their ICT and business issues.
     
    Peter Ellis Llb
Appointed to the Board in September 2016, Peter is a recently retired solicitor, now working as a consultant.
This is his second spell of Board membership, having previously served as an NCHA member from 1981 and as
Chair from 1988 until 2006. Other positions currently held include; fee paid judge of the Property Chamber, Chair of Nottingham City Heritage Panel, Chair of Nottingham Castle Foundation, council member St John’s theological college, Board member of Nottingham Ice Arena.