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  • Peter Waugh (Chair) – Peter is a former Director of Huntsman Pigments.  He now works as a Consultant in the global chemical industry and as an Industrial Tutor at Durham University.
  • Anna Urbanowicz (Deputy Chair) – Anna is a Chartered Accountant and has worked all her career in the private sector. Anna is a Former Group Director of Internal Controls at Esh Group.
  • Jason Ridley (Chair of Risk and Audit Committee) – Jason is currently Director of Finance and IT with Leeds Federated Housing Association.
  • Margaret Smith – is a retired housing professional.
  • Paul Craggs – Paul is a former Commercial Manager for Shepherd Construction, he is now a Construction Consultant and owner of a property letting company in Darlington.
  • David Lyall – David is the recently retired Chief Information Officer with the Regulator, Homes England.
  • Claire Warren – Claire is currently Chief Executive of Pickering and Ferens Homes.
  • Mark Thompson – Mark is semi-retired running his own HR consultancy. Prior to this Mark was a HR Director in the retail sector, professional services and most recently in Education.
  • Graeme Allinson – Graeme is an experienced Corporate Banking Director and was the Head of Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics division at Barclays. Other responsibilities have included Customer Satisfaction and Risk & Governance.
  • David Walker – David is an experienced regeneration and property development expert who has extensive knowledge of managing and delivering mixed use development projects.
  • Simon Wake – Simon has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial property sector, acting for a wide variety of clients across many areas of business, but particularly in relation to the development sector.


  • Marilyn Amadi – Marilyn has over 14 years’ experience in Housing she is committed to working with organisations that value strong social purpose.
  • Juliana Bell – Juliana currently manages the Migration Foundation, a grant-making charitable fund of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) and has over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in both operational and charity trustee roles.
  • Manisha Sharma – Manisha works for Thirteen Group as a Bespoke Lettings Coordinator.  As a British Indian woman, Manisha would like to become a role model for other ethnic minority colleagues and under-represented communities.
  • Charlotte Leighton – after selling her business, Charlotte began looking at ways to dedicate more time to her passions for social inclusion and raising self-efficacy within our communities.  Charlotte is about to start her research journey as a PhD Psychology student, focussing on improving user experience and the wellbeing of those in social housing.

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