The Board has ultimate responsibility for directing the Group’s affairs and setting and delivering the strategic objectives. 

The purpose of the Board is to lead, direct and control the Group’s business, determining strategy, culture as well as scrutinising and evaluating delivery of those strategies. Operational management of the organisation is delegated to the Chief Executive, Executives, and staff. 

Declarations of Interest for all Board Members and Co-optees is held on a Register, which is reported on annually to Board and is available for public scrutiny if requested.

For more information on the Board please contact Suzanne Nowell, Senior Governance & Assurance Officer.

Board Key Information

We publish key information following Board Meetings, which you can find here, you can also view these on our LinkedIn and Twitter pages. 

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Paul Smith

Non-Executive Director: Board Chair, Member of Group Governance & Remuneration Committee.

Paul is semi-retired after nearly 50 years in Housing working in the Local Authority and Housing Association sectors.  After retiring from his job as Executive Director at Arena Housing Group and as a qualified management coach and member of the ILM Paul ran his own coaching and management consultancy “Cloud Coaching Consultancy” from 2012 – 2020 providing coaching, management services, and Governance advice to individuals and organisations.

Paul is currently Chair of the NHF’s NW Board Members Forum and is an active participant in a number of other housing based forums locally and nationally, as well as providing mentee support to existing and prospective Board members.

Paul stood down as Chair of Prima Housing Group in September 2019 after 7 years on the Board. Passionate about housing, Paul has a real customer focus, in particular how residents can influence service delivery and the governance of organisations.



Jacqui Chatwood


Non-Executive Director: Deputy Chair, Chair of Group Governance & Remuneration Committee, Chair of Weaver Horizons.

Jacqui is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, spending over 15 years in accountancy practice, working her way up from graduate trainee to partner before moving into industry. Her roles since have included Managing Director of a learning and development consultancy, heading up a youth soccer organisation in the United States and she in now Deputy CFO of a UK subsidiary of a global energy and infrastructure business.

Jacqui is also a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at a Further Education college in Lancashire. Jacqui brings her broad range of financial expertise, strategic planning and leadership skills and is known for her passion for people development and helping build businesses.


Patrick McCarthy

PM Non-Executive Director – Chair of Group Audit & Assurance Committee

Now retired, Patrick has worked in social housing for over 30 years, having worked for four housing associations, all of whom were stock transfer.

He has previously worked in the private sector in the engineering, iron and steel industries.

Patrick is also a qualified accountant (CIPFA and CIMA).

Peter Shaw

peterNon-Executive Director: Member of Group Audit & Assurance Committee, Member of Complaints Panel.

Now retired from his position with Plus Dane Group as Managing Director with responsibility for managing a £100M housing management contract with Cheshire West and Chester, Peter brings a wide range of housing and financial experience and knowledge.

Peter has held a number of senior executive positions with several registered housing providers throughout his 26 year career in the housing sector. As a qualified accountant (CIPFA), he has been Group Finance Director for Signpost Housing Group, Dane Housing Group and Plus Dane Group. During his time with Dane Housing Group, he also held directorships overseeing the New Development Team, the Housing and Supported Housing Teams as well as the Repair and Maintenance Team.


Andy Stafford

andyNon-Executive Director: Member of Weaver Horizons, Member of Complaints Panel.

Now retired, Andy has worked in the Construction Industry for over 40 years having started as an Apprentice Joiner and moving up the ranks. He has held Managing Director and Executive positions since 2002 within the Housing Sector.

His specialisms are directly employed Building Companies, Asset Management, New Build Development and External Business Growth.

Andy is currently Deputy Chair at Westmoreland Supported Housing Association.

Barbara Dean

Non-Executive Director: Chair of Complaints Panel.

Prior to her retirement Barbara worked in the Public Transport Sector and then went on to work in Credit Control Management in the Private Sector.

After retiring, Barbara became a volunteer with the Trust and was a   member of the Trust’s Customer Voice Panel before joining the Board six years ago.

During her time on the Board, Barbara has Chaired both the Complaints Panel and Development Panel.

Barbara is also part of West Cheshire’s Poverty Truth Commission fighting Poverty in West Cheshire, which is something she cares deeply about.

Mike Gaskell

Non-Executive Director: Member of Group Governance & Remuneration Committee

Mike is a solicitor who retired in 2019 from practice, after 37 years’ experience working in and with the housing sector.  His final position was as managing partner of Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s Manchester office, where he led its extensive team since 2006.

Mike is currently the Chair of the Board at Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association and the Old Trafford based charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change, which works to support people to have safe, healthy and happy relationships.

In addition, Mike is also a Board Member / Trustee of Wakefield & District Housing, Housing Diversity Network, National Communities Resource Centre and Caritas Care.

Lynne Mills

lynneNon-Executive Director: Member of Group Governance & Remuneration Committee, Member of Complaints Panel

Lynne is a strategic leader with over 30 years experience in the commercial and not for profit sectors. An experienced leader with excellent knowledge of business management, strategy and sales, she has a track record of delivering results across all aspects of an organisation, leading to sustained growth and profitability.  Lynne has strong team leadership skills and extensive experience in business development activity.

Lynne has held key roles in BT, O2, Cap Gemini, DSGI, Genesis Communications and The Institute of Customer Service where for the last 8 years she has worked with CEO’s across a number of business sectors helping them to improve their business results particularly around the customer experience. 

Lynne is extremely customer focused and is well known for her passion about embedding outstanding service across organisations.

Tony Harker

Non-Executive Director, Member of Complaints Panel

Tony started his career in Finance working in business development, mortgage underwriting and e-commerce. After a short period working in Travel & Tourism he moved into Housing, starting with Barratt Homes before a 13 year career in affordable housing working for a number of leading regional and national Housing Associations.

He has held senior roles since 2012 and is renowned for delivering high levels of customer service and his dedication to helping people onto the property ladder.  Tony currently runs his own consultancy providing sales, marketing and leasehold support to the housing industry and suppliers.

Tony specialises in property sales and marketing including PR and communications, market analysis, build quality and aftercare, stock rationalisation, commercial sales and lettings within new developments and a number of major regeneration schemes. He is also an expert in leasehold legal transactions and tenant into home ownership products.

Kirsty Capper

kirsty Co-optee Member: Group Audit and Assurance Committee

Kirsty is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has spent over 20 years working in the charity / not-for-profit sector.

Kirsty worked for an international care charity for over 15 years before moving into the social housing sector.  She is currently the Director of Resources at Warrington Housing Association and is responsible for Finance, Governance, ICT and Business Support functions.

Kirsty has lived in Cheshire West for over 20 years and is keen to contribute to the local area.

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts - Co-optee Member: Group Audit and Assurance Committee

Neil is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants who has been Director of Resources with the General Medical Council (GMC), a national charity and regulator, for over 15 years.  In his role at the GMC Neil is responsible for Finance, HR, IT, Estates, Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement, GDPR Compliance and Procurement.  Neil has experience of working with the GMC’s Audit and Risk Committee and a member of GMC’s Investment Committee. 

Neil has also been a Non-Executive Director with Bedspace Resources, a provider of services to vulnerable adults and children across the North West.