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The Board

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

It's our objective to recruit and retain Board members who possess the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to help us strategise 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 its members in terms of equality 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.

    Carri Swann BA
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, David currently chairs NCHA's Care Committee. 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. 
    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 was awarded the prestigious East Midlands Woman of the Year in 2008. Audra also serves on the Board of One Nottingham.
    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 customer with NCHA, having chaired the Nottingham and Tenancy Customer Advisory Panels as well as the Collective Panel.
    Donna Edwards BA CPFA
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 ten years experience working as a financial regulator for the Tenants' Services Authority (now Regulator of Social Housing) within the East Midlands. She has recently retrained as a financial advisor.
    Callum Gillespie BSc (Hons) MCIH MIoD
Appointed to the Board in September 2016, Callum became Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee in September 2019. Callum has a background in IT delivery and change management. He’s worked across a number of sectors (both public and private) in both IT and management consultancy, as well as IT operations. He currently works as a Support Director of an IT business based in the East Midlands.

Lorelei Jarvis
BSc (Hons)
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.

Pradeep Khuti
Appointed to the Board in September 2019, Pradeep's background is in IT consultancy within the Banking Sector. He has undertaken various National and Regional public appointments. Pradeep currently serves as a Magistrate and Mental Health Act Hospital Managers Panel Member. This is his second spell of Board membership, having previously served as an NCHA Board member until 2016. 


Michael Finister-Smith

Appointed to the Board in September 2019, Mike is a qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant. Mike started his career in local government (Leeds City Council, housing finance). He spent seven years working as a consultant in the social housing sector and has also held Executive Finance Director roles at Willow Park Housing Trust, Acclaim Housing and Waterloo. Now retired from full-time employment, Mike currently works as a Non-Executive Director.