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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.


Steve Worthington ACMA.
Appointed to the Board in 2010, Steve became Chair of the Audit Committee in 2017. 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 to the Board in 2015, Carri is a non-practising solicitor who is currently employed as an advice caseworker at St Anns Advice Centre, advising Nottingham residents on their housing rights, welfare benefits and debt.
    David Harrison
Appointed to the Board in 2015. Now retired, David worked in both the public and private sector for over thirty years, most recently as Head of Housing Research for a private sector consultancy. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing since 1987. Shareholder.
    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.
    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 (now Homes England) 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 number 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 solicitor, recently retired from full practise. 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.

Lorelei Jarvis
Appointed to Board in March 2018, Lorelei has over 30 years experience in housing and social care including business transformation, policy development and performance management. As well as working for a range of housing associations and for the National Housing Federation, she also spent five years as a consultant undertaking commissions for central and local government.