The Board sets our strategic direction, monitors our progress and makes sure that we're performing as we've agreed. It is made up of tenant, council and independent representatives.
Our Board members come from all walks of life and each one brings their own perspective and experience, but collectively they are responsible for pursuing our best interests.
The Board's responsibilities
- Strategy - To approve the Corporate Plan.
- Corporate performance - To monitor the Trust's performance - financial and non-financial.
- Risk management - To set the risk framework and protect the Trust from adverse financial and reputational events.
- Governance - To set the appropriate control framework and delegating responsibilities to enable effective decision making.
Meet the Board
John has been Chair of Peaks & Plains since October 2015, having previously been Chief Executive of the Rochdale Development Agency, a highly successful public/private sector partnership involved in delivering a wide range of major physical development projects and business growth services.
John has a long-standing interest in area-based regeneration and has worked in a variety of public and public/private company settings in delivering such place-making activities.
A professional career of some 36 years has embraced town planning, economic development and urban regeneration, largely based in the North West and much of it gained at a senior executive level.
John is married to Louise and has two grown-up children, James and Rachel.
Tom is a highly driven and broad minded young achiever who has used the background of his degree and experience to support young entrepreneurs in realising their dreams of being next generation business owners.
Tom's interest in Business began during his time at school, and developed through the years whilst studying. After leaving full time education, Tom founded and ran his own event production company, which immediately exposed him to the business world. To compliment this, he chose to study a distant learning degree in Business Management to demonstrate a commitment through growth and development.
Tom is now engaged in multiple businesses and was presented with the prestigious award of Cheshire's Young Achiever. Using his experience to date, Tom hopes to develop his own skills and to use them to support young entrepreneurs. He has already been involved in several initiatives, including a Dragons Den programme that was delivered in schools, where the winner went on to receive development funding to set up their own business.
Tom lives and works in Macclesfield and is a keen supporter of community activities.
Matthew works in Corporate Affairs for NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, based in Macclesfield, and with a responsibility for communications and engagement, business continuity, organisational development and Governing Body affairs.
Before this role Matthew was Assistant Director of Public Health for Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust.
Matthew is keen to support Peaks & Plains achieve its purpose and objectives as an organisation and in particular to help position the Trust as major local partner in improving the wellbeing and lives of its tenants and staff. Matthew is married with two children and lives in Macclesfield.
J Paul Findlow is the Cheshire East Council nominee. He is the Borough Councillor for the Prestbury Ward, and a current Council Cabinet portfolio holder.
He was born and bred in Macclesfield and is a retired University Senior Lecturer in Law and Education.
He was the last Leader of the former Cheshire County Council prior to its abolition, before which he was a member of the former Macclesfield Borough Council.
Paul is married to Judith, a retired Headmistress, and they have a daughter.
Samantha has a background in housing, starting out in a strategic role at Manchester City Council and then later at Southway Housing Trust where she was Deputy Head of Regeneration with special responsibility for housing for older customers.
She also has experience of customers service and performance review with the housing sector. More recently she has started her own online business.
Samantha lives with her family in Macclesfield.
Simon Leighton is the Managing Partner of Croftons Solicitors LLP which is a legal specialist firm serving the housing and regeneration sector.
He is passionate about using his experience to support and benefit the local community and to help regenerate Macclesfield.
Simon lives locally in Adlington and is married with 3 children.
Alison has lived in Macclesfield all her life, she was born and brought up on the Hurdsfield Estate. She has been a tenant with Macclesfield borough Council and Peaks & Plains for over 8 years and is married with a grown up son and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Alison was a member of the Trust’s Scrutiny group for a couple of years, a role which involved reviewing the policies and procedures of Peaks & Plains and gaining an understanding of the values of the business along side having the pleasure of working with the other group members and members of staff.
Alison works for a local Manufacturing company in Macclesfield as an Administration Coordinator, her job roles covers areas of HR, Health & Safety and ISO9001 quality standards along with other areas of the business. Alison has many years' experience in Manufacturing and is able to bring this experience to the Board.
Kate specialises in business development, digital and organisational transformation and communications. She currently works for Civica, a global IT-based services provider. Previously Kate has worked in senior roles at Warrington Borough Council and The Guinness Partnership.
Kate grew up on a council estate and is passionate about affordable, quality housing. She has strong family connections to East Cheshire and now lives in nearby Marple. She is married with three children.
Gordon has about four decades of experience in environmental design and regeneration and has, at various times, worked in industry, consultancy and the voluntary sector. He has first-hand experience of homelessness and is deeply committed to minimising its corrosive effects on people wherever possible.
He has lived in Macclesfield, with his partner and son, since 2007 but has socialised in the town for a great deal longer.
Join the Board
We don't currently have any vacancies on the Board but if you think that you might be able to play a part in the future please send us your CV.