NFA Board

  • Hugh Broadbent

    Board Chair NFA

    Six Town Housing

    Independent Chair

    Hugh was appointed as independent chair of Six Town Housing in late 2010. Hugh was previously CEO of First Choice Homes Oldham from its inception in 2002.

    Hugh says: “The ALMO movement has emphatically brought tenants centrestage, as evidenced by the success of the NFA in connecting tenants to MPs and government. ALMOs can be the embodiment of the Big ‘Society’. They are significant social enterprises that have shown themselves to be very enterprising, and with a strong NFA can demonstrate their ‘localism’ credentials.”

    Hugh became NFA Board chair in July 2015.

  • Paul Hayes

    Board Director NFA

    Berneslai Homes

    Chair of the Board

    Paul Hayes was appointed to Berneslai Board in January 2016 and is an independent member. He is Chair of our Customer Services Committee.

    Paul has lived in Barnsley all his life and has over 30 years experience of housing services, development and community regeneration in both public and commercial sectors.

    He is currently the managing Director of two special purpose companies which channel funding for private finance regeneration and also for the construction, sale and renting of new homes in areas of need. Paul has Board membership of a Housing Charity and also of a company that delivers development services to a consortia of Housing Associations. He also offers consultancy services to the housing sector and has held senior management posts in large regional housing organisations.

    Paul has a special interest in ensuring sound commercial, governance and risk practices but also in ensuring that life enhancing opportunities are created and offered to local people, adding value to communities.

  • Mike Ainsley

    Board Director NFA

    Derby Homes

    Independent Chair

    Mike is a retired comprehensive school Head teacher who now works as an education consultant. He has a long interest in social housing and was a board member of Derwent Living for 15 years before retiring and joining Derby Homes. At Derwent Living he chaired the Operations Committee for 10 years.

    He also served as a member of Derby City Council for 9 years from 1987 to 1996, representing Abbey Ward.

    As well as his interest in housing Mike is interested in the arts and currently sits on the board of Derby Jazz.

  • Sir Steve Bullock DL

    Board Director NFA

    Sutton Housing Partnership

    Chair of the Board

    Steve retired as Lewisham’s directly-elected mayor in May 2018 after serving four terms. Since 2010 he had been serving as the London Councils’ Executive lead on Housing and the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board.

    Steve is a director of the Housing & Finance Institute which seeks to boost the capacity of the sector and secure increased delivery. He is continuing to work with some individual local councils on improvement as part of the Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Programme. Following his retirement Sir Steve was appointed as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Lewisham.

    He served as Deputy Chair of the LGA and chaired its Commercial Board. He previously led the LGA’s work on Human Resources including oversight of national pay bargaining for the sector.

  • Sue Abbott

    Board Director NFA

    Northwards Housing

    Chair of the Board

    A tenant since 1991, Sue has been involved with Northwards since the beginning, sitting on the Steering Group & Riverways Area Panel for several years.

    Sue worked for the Home Office for 38 years and, now retired, enjoys voluntary activities and watching football.

  • Jason Langley

    Board Director NFA

    Cheltenham Borough Homes

    Chair of the Board

    Jason has over 15 years experience working within the media & communications sector, across the UK, US and Australia. He now consults with a range of clients on organisational behavior, working to help companies improve employee engagement and business performance.

    Jason also conducts research at the London School of Economics into the role of social power in driving organisational effectiveness.

    Jason joined the board of Cheltenham Borough Homes in September 2015 and became Chair a year later. He is particularly interested in community engagement initiatives that create resilient, self-sustaining communities that also support the housing providers commercial position.

  • Roger Eastwood

    Board Director NFA

    South Essex Homes

    Chair of the Board

    Roger is a Chartered Accountant and spent most of his working life in the mutual insurance industry.

    In recent years he has held a number of non executive roles in social housing organisations and is currently the Lay Member Finance for the NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of two ALMOs; South Essex Homes and Eastbourne Homes.

  • Ainsley Forbes MBE

    Board Director NFA

    Lewisham Homes

    Chair of the Board

    A property developer/builder for the last 20 years, prior to this was a Social work manager before being promoted to Assistant Director of Social Services with a London local authority.

    Ainsley retired from L&Q having been a group Board member since 1990 and Chair of Tower Homes.

    Ainsley was awarded an MBE for services to social housing in London in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. Ainsley joined Lewisham Homes as an independent board member in 2012 and was appointed Chair of the board in January 2016.

  • Sarita-Marie Rehman-Wall

    Board Vice-Chair NFA

    Nottingham City Homes

    Board Vice-Chair

    Sarita has been a passionate, energetic Chairperson and manager with an outstanding track record of accomplishment within the voluntary and community sector. The focus of her work has been equality and diversity, social inclusion, advocacy and active citizenship with a commitment to partnership activities both within the voluntary sector, with public sector agencies and business at a local, regional and national level.

    For the past 24 years, she has been successful in delivering customer-focused organisational and cultural change and improved performance against key Government indicators. Having a particular expertise in community advocacy, positive cohesive relations and in developing multi-agency partnerships with the public sector, police, voluntary agencies and community groups.

    Sarita also have a vast amount of experience which has led her to combine passionate cause advocacy with strategic planning and analytical insights.

    Sarita has excellent networking skills and has always delivered lasting change to organisations and service users. Sarita is staunchly committed to providing services which embrace equality and diversity and which promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity within the workplace. She is immensely passionate about social justice and social / affordable housing.