The Board

Member
John Lewis
Chairman

John Lewis is Executive Director of Thamesmead at Peabody Housing Association. John is leading one of London’s largest regeneration programmes which will position Thamesmead as London’s new town, creating 20,000 new homes of all tenure types.  John is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has a Master of Arts in Urban Regeneration.

Member
Simon Brooksbank
Vice Chair

Simon has considerable experience and background in customer insight and marketing having worked in consumer knowledge, market insight and storytelling for 10 years at GFK, one of the largest global business intelligence organisations, and is currently Head of Customer Insight and Planning at Fox’s Biscuits.  Simon is also a Non-Executive at Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust (JJHT)and contributed to transformation of Business Effectiveness at JJHT.

Committee: Remuneration and Selection Committee

 

Member
Mona Shah
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Mona began her career in the media sector after qualifying as an Accountant. She has over 18 years’ experience working in Housing and loves working for organisations that make a difference. She joined Grand Union Housing Group three years ago where she is responsible for all the business service teams, including Finance, IT and Corporate Services. She has also worked in the insurance sector and has run her own travel business.

Member
Martin Wheatley
Chair of Remuneration and Selection Committee

Martin brings to our governance arrangements more than 20 years’ experience of national and local housing, planning, environment and social policy. His national and local political contacts and knowledge help Greatwell Homes fully understand the environment we are working in and plan for the future.

 

Member
Martin Lord

Martin has substantial local knowledge and understanding having worked for 13 years at CEO of Central and East Northamptonshire Citizens Advice.  Following a stint as Head of Guidance at the Electoral Commission, leading a team of Electoral Administration and Political Finance experts, he now works as a consultant to a range of organisations, including a consortium of local Citizens Advice. He is also chair of the Anglian Water Customer Challenge panel advising on affordability and vulnerability matters. His previous non-Executive experience includes Chair ship of Northampton Volunteering Centre and membership of Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

Committee: Remuneration and Selection Committee

Member
David Beale

David has significant experience in banking specifically treasury assets and capital markets, credit risk and risk governance, debt funding to the social housing and commercial real estate sectors.  He has held senior positions with Nationwide Building Society, Santander, Merrill Lynch and Standard and Poor’s. David is currently acting as a consultant to the financial sector.

Committee: Audit and Risk Committee

Member
Jo Robinson

Following a 30-year career in social housing, she is now retired. Originally a Valuer, she was most recently responsible for governance, regulatory compliance and tenant involvement at a large housing association in the Southeast. Jo is a great supporter of customer involvement and the benefits this can bring to services, operations and strategy.

Committee: Remuneration and Selection Committee

Member
Kevin Edwards

Kevin is a solicitor specialising in social housing with over 17 years of experience in the sector. Now working as an advisor for numerous national and regional housing associations, Kevin started his career as part of the in-house legal team at Homes and Communities Agency. Kevin also has experience of working within the housing department of a Local Authority.

Committee: Audit and Risk Committee

Member
Cheryl Armatrading

Cheryl has over 25 years’ experience working within the community professionally, as well as voluntarily. She is the Director of the Antoin Akpom Achievements Foundation, providing workshops for young people, challenging behaviours and changing lives. Cheryl is also on the leadership panel for The Violence Reduction Network Leicester and Charnwood. and a Board member of The Violence Reduction Network.

Committee: Remuneration and Selection Committee

Member
Gurmeet Singh Virdi
 

Gurmeet has over 30 years’ experience in housing having worked in both the public and private sectors. Now choosing to “give something back” he is currently responsible for Supported Housing in a third sector charitable organisation where his role is to build and sustain successful partnerships that add value to young people’s lives, helping them to belong, contribute and thrive in their communities. Gurmeet is a change catalyst helping organisations grow, improve services and meet their customer needs.

Committee: Audit and Risk Committee

Member
Revd Richard Coles
Patron

Richard is the Vicar of Finedon and presenter of Radio Four’s Saturday Live. He grew up in Northamptonshire, and attended school in Wellingborough. He was one half of eighties pop band the Communards. He then worked in BBC Radio before ordination in 2005.