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 people with a range of skills and experience.
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
Jane took up the position of Chair on 1 May 2020.
She brings with her extensive strategic and governance experience across housing, health and education sectors. Jane held the position of Executive Director of neighbourhoods at Trafford Housing Trust for 10 years. She has also been a Non-Executive Director for the Office for Legal Complaints (the Legal Ombudsman), and as Deputy Chair at the University Hospital South Manchester (Wythenshawe Hospital).
Jane currently has Non-Executive roles at the Information Commissioner’s Office, and at the House of Commons Commission. In 2018, Jane became Chair of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust.
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.
Guy is a highly experienced finance professional who has worked across a variety of public and private sectors.
He has held several roles within social housing, at both an Executive and Non-Executive level and most recently worked with Riverside Group and First Choice Homes Oldham, where he is currently Interim Executive Director of Corporate Services.
Guy joined the board of Peaks & Plains on 1 June 2020.
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 brings a wealth of housing experience with her as a former CEO of Paradigm Housing, a successful interim CEO and Executive at a number of housing associations. She was, until recently, the Chair of Stafford and Rural Homes and, following the successful merger, the Housing Plus Group. Currenty, Alison is a Board member of Yorkshire Housing and Civitas Social Housing REIT. She joined Peaks & Plains on 1 June 2020.
Shahida is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years. Currently the Interim Executive Director of Resources at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group Limited, she has a wealth of experience in finance, compliance, risk management, assurance, governance and health and safety. She is also responsible for Governance, and is the Company Secretary for all of the Group entities.
At Peaks & Plains Shahida acts as a co-opted member of our Audit Committee.
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.
Brian worked in branch banking for over four decades until March 2019, including many years involved in trade union representation and negotiation.
In May 2019 Brian was elected to Cheshire East Council, representing Macclesfield South ward and is the Council nominee to sit on the Trust board.
Brian has lived in Macclesfield for 30 years and is married to Fiona.
Gordon has over 40 years experience in environmental planning and sustainable development, and has worked in industry, consultancy and the voluntary sector.
He believes in the provision of high quality homes at genuinely affordable cost, that contribute positively to local communities.
He also has first-hand experience of homelessness.
Anthony had a long career in the banking sector and in 2013 set up his own business providing advice to small and medium sized businesses on matters such as strategic business issues, budget management and performance management.
He has held a number of non-executive board roles for a range of small businesses and acts as a business mentor.
He is currently Chair of Lincolnshire Housing Partnership.
He lives near Nottingham with his family