Helen became Chief Executive at Berneslai in January 2007. Before this, she worked in housing and support services with Leeds City Council and Leeds South Homes. Her promise on joining Berneslai was to make a good company even better, to deliver excellent services to customers and ensure social housing provision for future generations.
Berneslai was assessed by the Audit Commission in June 2009 as three stars, with excellent prospects for improvement.
Helen’s local government career started in 1980 with the London Borough of Camden as a housing management trainee. She then joined Leeds City Council in 1985 as a housing training officer. Various jobs followed, always in the housing field with Leeds, culminating in becoming Chief Support Services Officer in 2003. Helen was Interim Chief Executive for Leeds South Homes from October 2005 to December 2006.
She is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Cheltenham Borough Homes
Paul has been Chief Executive at Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) since 2012. Prior to that he was Deputy Chief Executive having joined CBH in 2005. Paul has worked in the social housing sector since 1984 and has been involved in a wide range of services. Paul previously worked for Sainsbury’s after leaving university.
Paul has been actively involved in developing and managing initiatives to improve the quality of life of the residents CBH represent. His passion is to ensure that people have a voice in the way they and their communities improve and that staff are able to contribute and shape the future strategy of the business.
Paul is Chair of the National Federation of ALMOs New Business, Funding and Development Group.
Paul has two daughters and occasionally admits to being a joint Derby County and Sunderland fan.
Andrew Potter became Chief Executive at Lewisham Homes in January 2007 leading through service improvements, increased customer satisfaction, delivering decent homes and into new build. He has over 20 years’ experience in the sector starting as a housing trainee for Waveney District Council in 1989 and since then worked for ALMO’s, local authorities and housing associations. Andrew is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Newark and Sherwood Homes
Rebecca has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years, including experience with a variety of organisations incorporating district, city and metropolitan areas with urban and rural environments.
Her achievement of a Master’s in Business Administration has provided further development and support for her role as a Board member, currently of another ALMO and previously of a housing association group.
Newark and Sherwood Homes is a fourth round ALMO and Rebecca has led on the company set-up, the achievement of a two-star inspection rating (twice), and delivery of Decent Homes on target for March 2010.
Recently Rebecca has been the Midlands representative on the NFA Constitution Review Group, and is the Midlands ALMO Chief Officers’ Group representative on the NFA Executive Steering Group.
Nottingham City Homes
Nick Murphy joined Nottingham City Homes in 2011 at an exciting time for council housing in the city.
As Chief Executive he oversees a multi-million pound programme of improvements to thousands of homes, is responsible for the management, repair and maintenance of 28,500 properties and is driving up satisfaction levels among tenants and leaseholders.
NCH’s evaluation of the wider social and economic benefits of Decent Homes investment has been recognised nationally and in Parliament. The company is working alongside the City Council to build new homes and regenerate areas of Nottingham, creating jobs for local people and investment in local communities and putting its tenants and leaseholders at the heart of everything it does.
Nick joined NCH from Southampton City Council, where he was Executive Director for Neighbourhoods. He has worked for various local councils and in 1997 became the country’s youngest Director for Housing while at Eastbourne Borough Council.
Poole Housing Partnership
Su joined Poole Housing Partnership in February 2013 as Finance Director and was appointed as Chief Executive in September 2016. She is passionate about delivering high quality services that meet local needs and seeks to deliver the “right” solution in the best way possible, drawing on expertise from residents, partners and staff.
Poole Housing Partnership became an ALMO in 2004 and twice received a 3 star rating from the Audit Commission. Since completing Decent Homes in 2010 the organisation has focused on delivering a carbon reduction programme that has rolled out almost 1500 solar installations across the stock and has embarked on a build programme that will be delivering new general needs and supported housing across Poole.
Su started her career with the NHS in London, helping to establish the Hounslow Primary Care Trust and took up her first Director role in the mental health sector. Following this, Su moved into the local authority sector and ultimately into social housing.
South Essex Homes
Mike has been Chief Executive at South Essex Homes since the organisation was established in October 2005 as a round five ALMO. He has been an active participant in the NFA, having been on the Executive Steering Group for several years, during which time he has also served as an ESG rep on the NFA’s Communications Sub-Committee.
Mike’s career in social housing started with the GLC, with subsequent periods at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the London Borough of Hackney. Prior to joining South Essex Homes he worked for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council as its Assistant Director for Social Care.
South Essex Homes was set up to manage and maintain the Council’s housing stock, and with the support of the local authority it has been able to provide similar services for other landlords in the area. The organisation sees its future as one where it continues to develop its role as an increasingly positive asset to both its host Council and to the residents for whom it provides services.
Lesley has been involved in the ALMO movement since the first ALMOs were established in 2002. She helped to set up Hounslow Homes which is now a three star, excellent organisation. Lesley then moved on to assist in creating People 1st Slough ALMO as Interim Chief Executive bringing it to one star, promising prospects for improvement. Since March 2007 Lesley has headed Wolverhampton Homes which gained two stars six months later and is now delivering one of the largest decent homes programmes in the country and showing what cultural change and value for money can do to improve housing services in line with all the best aspects of the ALMO movement.
With previous experience in the London Boroughs of Haringey and Hounslow, and as a policy maker and researcher at the Greater London Council and London Housing Unit, Lesley has probably managed every aspect of housing during her 25 year career. She remains passionate about achieving value and quality for tenants and improving the quality of life in social housing. Lesley is also playing an active role on the NFA Board both in the Midlands and nationally.