The Board

John Lewis
Chairman

John Lewis is Executive Director of Thamesmead at Peabody Housing Association. He is also responsible for Peabody’s Commercial Property portfolio. John is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has a Master of Arts in Urban Regeneration.

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.

John Welch

John has 30 years’ housing experience and is CE of Howard Cottage HA. John holds an MBA from the Open University, is a chartered building surveyor and a CIH 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.

David Beale

David has substantial experience within the financial sector and specifically credit risk, currently a senior executive for Nationwide Building Society heading up the Commercial and Treasury Credit Risk and Credit Risk Control function.  Previously worked for several financial institutions, including Merrill Lynch and Standard and Poor’s, working in the capital markets, debt funding and rating bonds for the loan securitisation market. 

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 Chairship of Northampton Volunteering Centre and membership of Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

Martin Wheatley

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.

Jo Robinson

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

Kevin Edwards

Kevin is a solicitor specialising in social housing with over 15 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.

Mona Shah

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 two years ago where she is responsible for all the business service teams, including Finance, IT and HR. She has also worked in the insurance sector and has run her own travel business.

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.