NFA Board

  • Sarita-Marie Rehman-Wall

    NFA Board Chair

    Nottingham City Homes

    Tenant Vice-Chair of the Board

    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.

  • Mike Ainsley

    NFA Board Vice-Chair

    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.

  • 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.

  • Jenny Osbourne

    Board Director NFA

    Stockport Homes

    Chair of the Board

    Jenny has been Chief Executive at Tpas since 2014. She started in 2002 as Membership Manager which began her continued passion and commitment to the Tpas membership family. Jenny is also Board Chair at Stockport Homes. Before joining Tpas Jenny worked for the Post Office in branch management and HR roles and worked for Scottish and Newcastle Retail based in Leeds in stock control management. Outside of Tpas Jenny loves her book club, helping out at her local park and is head over heels in love with her cocker spaniel Coco.

  • 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

    Tenant 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.

  • Shane Brimfield

    Board Director NFA

    Cheltenham Borough Homes

    Tenant Vice-Chair of the Board

    Shane joined the Cheltenham Borough Homes Board in March 2017 as a tenant Board member. Born and bred in Cheltenham, Shane has travelled extensively and held a number of management roles during his working life. His particular knowledge and skills are in construction and health and safety.

    Shane has been actively involved with CBH over a number of years and has gathered a deep understanding of CBH as an organisation along the way. He attended the CBH Academy in 2013 before joining the Tenant Scrutiny Improvement Panel (TSIP) and was Vice Chair until his resignation in 2015.

  • Roger Eastwood

    Board Director NFA

    Eastbourne 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.