Meet the Board

Jon Brighton - Chair

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.

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.

Susan Ringwood

Susan has more than 30 years of experience working in a range of charities supporting vulnerable people, including 16 years in Chief Executive roles. She has been a lay member of a Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body, and has served on a number of NHS England Task Forces and advisory groups championing patient and public engagement.

Nicola Wilson

Nicola 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.

Debi Marriott-Lavery - Executive Member

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

Nigel Finney - Executive Member

Nigel is the Managing Director for Chorus Homes & Interim Managing Director for Cotman Housing.

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