Meet the Board

Neil White
Ken Barnes
Jon Brighton
Chris Cox
Nick Fraser
Nigel Hopkins
Jon O'Byrne
Nicola Wilson
Pat Egan
Jane Warnes

Neil White - Chair
Ken Barnes
Jon Brighton
Chris Cox
Nick Fraser
Nigel Hopkins
Jon O'Byrne
Nicola Wilson
Pat Egan - Executive Member
Jane Warnes - Executive Member 

 

Neil, Jameel, Jane & Pat

 

Neil White - Chair

A qualified chartered accountant, Neil has held senior roles in both financial and general management in retail motor trade, music business and clothing manufacture. His major specialism has been in operational project work for offshore manufacturing companies. He currently holds a financial role with an international diagnostic healthcare group.

Ken Barnes

Ken has spent his entire working career in local government. Ken retired from South Norfolk District Council in 2009 as a corporate director having had responsibility for a range of services including strategic housing. Until 2003 he was the council's treasurer responsible its financial affairs. He's a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has served on its council and boards for a number of years.

Jon Brighton

Jon is a retired senior police officer having spent thirty two years with the Suffolk Constabulary. He has worked in number of roles across the County and his last position was Chief Superintendent responsible for delivering local policing. During his time with the police he worked with numerous partners including resident groups, local councils, and housing associations.

Chris Cox

Chris has 30 years experience working in housing services, 26 years of this in local authority housing with Norwich City Council where he worked until 2008 and held senior positions in housing management and strategic housing. Chris has also undertaken roles in other housing organisations working in supported housing and housing association development

Nick Fraser   

Nick is an independent IS/IT Consultant who provides advice focused on business improvement to the housing and healthcare sectors. He currently focuses such provision to housing organisations offering strategic support, project management, Interim ICT Management and business development.

Nick has worked in housing for over 25 years, previously within a large housing group. He has also served as a non-executive director for a Leeds-based housing organisation. His aim is to help us build on our core values to become the region's social housing provider of choice.

Nigel Hopkins

Nigel is Finance Director of Abbeyfield, a leading UK Charity providing residential care homes and supported housing to the elderly, and is also Chairman of Instructus, the UK's largest provider, registration and certification authority for apprenticeships, having previously had a wide ranging international career, living and working in the UK, Europe and the USA.

He is a qualified accountant and has held senior management positions with Fiat, Laporte (Chemical), Burmah Castrol, United Technologies, Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Young, Remploy and , most recently, CBI, where he was Resource Finance.  Nigel joined the Places for People Group Board in 2013 and the Cotman Board in August 2016.

Jon O'Byrne

Jon has more than 31 years experience of adult and children's social care in the criminal justice system. He has worked in police, probation, prison, victim and youth offending settings across both England and Wales. Most recently he was Head of Service for a Youth Offending Service, and an Executive Director of the Association of YOT Managers. He is also Chair of the House of Genesis, a Christian housing charity in Norwich, and is a registered Social Worker.

Nicola Wilson

Nikki has spent most of her career working in the charity and social enterprise sector with experience including grant making and social investment.  She currently works as an Independent Consultant and Interim Manager in a variety of capacities.  Nikki is also a Chartered Accountant.

Pat Egan - Executive Member

Pat is the Group Executive Director Affordable Housing for Places for People.

Jane Warnes - Executive Member

Jane is the Managing Director of Cotman Housing Association. 


   

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