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Angela Lockwood


Group Chief Executive

Angela Lockwood has been Group Chief Executive since 2009 and has extensive experience gained from a career in housing spanning nearly 30 years. Starting her career at Sunderland Council, Angela then worked for Home Housing for many years.

She joined Endeavour Housing Association as Housing Director, and moved into the Managing Director role when North Star Housing Group was formed in 2006. Angela holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Rachel Taylor

Group Executive Director of Finance and Business Support

Rachel joined the group in 2015, following her previous role as Director of Finance and Support Services at East Durham Homes. She has also held senior roles at New College Durham and KPMG.

Rachel is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and holds management qualifications including an MBA.

Rachel is a firm believer in achieving value for money and targeting resources to ensure the delivery of customer-focused services.

Emma Speight

Group Executive Director of Assets and Growth

Emma joined the Group in 2012 to lead the Technical Services function. She's responsible for development, planned stock investment and responsive maintenance and repairs.

Emma is a chartered surveyor and has previously specialised in economic development and regeneration, with a 17-year track record in delivering high-value capital projects, mostly across the North East. Emma held senior positions at English Partnerships and One North East before joining North Star.

Carole Richardson

Group Director for People and Culture

Carole joined the Group in 2000, and has over 20 years experience of developing strategic approaches, developing high-performing teams and leading on the delivery of housing services.

Carole has responsibility for organisational development and the delivery of HR services, ensuring that North Star remains an employer of choice and our people are actively involved in developing the business and themselves.

Carole is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Graham Darby

Group Executive Director of Customers

Graham joined the Group in July 2018, having previously held senior operational and strategic housing roles within the region. He is responsible for strategic and operational delivery of housing and support services across the Group.

Graham has worked in social housing since 1988 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He has held a number of senior positions shaping, delivering and influencing service delivery throughout his career and is a passionate believer in the delivery of high quality service and support to customers.

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