David Hunt - Chair
Bett Barrett - Vice-Chair
Kieran Keane - Executive Member
Vivien Farrow - Executive
David Hunt -
David was appointed as Chair in 2010. He was an architect
by profession and studied at University College London in the
1960s. David's career spanned posts in both the public and private
sectors. He joined the housing association movement in 1979 and
retired as chief executive of Broadland Housing Association in
2002. He obtained an MBA in 1998. He's a former Chair of Julian
Housing Support and is currently Chair of Housing Association
Barrett - Vice Chair
Bett was appointed Vice-Chair in 2010. Educated in
Norwich, she trained as a nurse and health visitor in London. She
then returned to Norfolk and studied development studies at the
University of East Anglia.
Her career has been varied and has always related to health. She's
worked in the community as a practising health visitor, in health
service management and in nurse education. She's been chief
executive of a women's health charity and has project managed a
number of health research trials. Bett has an MSc by research from
Manchester University as well as a teaching qualification.
Bett has been an active volunteer for a wide range of
organisations. Her current community activities include being a
trustee of AgeUK Norfolk and a volunteer for the witness service in
the magistrates' and coroner's courts.
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.
Nick is an independent housing consultant, providing
strategic advice, project management and business development to
housing associations and local authorities.
Nick has worked in housing for over 25 years. He worked within a
large housing group and 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.
Dawn is the chief executive of a Suffolk-based charity that
enhances the social, emotional and physical health and well-being
of young people.
Dawn began her career in nursing before moving to a variety of
senior management roles within the voluntary, community and housing
sectors. She has a significant amount of experience in establishing
or leading projects and organisations. Dawn spent 7 years working
for a specialist Registered Social Landlord as housing director and
formerly as project director. She established a direct access
homeless hostel with holistic support services for young
Dawn is Chair of a county infrastructure organisation specialising
in children, young people and families. She is also a board member
of Healthy Ambition Suffolk. Dawn holds positions on a number of
strategic boards for Suffolk County Council's Children and Young
Susan has had a long career in the public sector, working
in education and local government. She first became interested in
housing during the 10 years she spent as a senior manager with the
Audit Commission. She brings an understanding of regulation and an
interest in improving public services to the board.
Susan currently works as a freelance consultant, bringing interim
and project management services to the public sector.
Lynette is also a board member of Places for People. She's
a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience in real
estate finance, corporate reporting and financial management.
Lynette is also a director of the London Chamber of Commerce and
Industry and the UK Chair Elect for the National Association of
Women in Property. She spent 10 years as a partner with BDO Stoy
Hayward, specialising in international real estate
John was elected by the association's customer body to represent
customers on the board of management.
He had a successful career in IT management and worked in many
different countries for a number of global organisations. Having
developed severe mental and physical health problems he now lives
in supported housing for people with long-term and debilitating
mental health problems.
John was encouraged to become a customer representative after he
complained about how a problem had been dealt with. Through his own
personal circumstances he has an insight into the needs of those
who are 'seldom heard' in society. John felt that joining the
customer body was an opportunity to represent supported housing
Sam started his career in local government as a front line
social worker before becoming a senior manager with Norfolk Social
Services. He managed all adult services throughout the county. Sam
developed a county-wide sensory support team providing services to
people with severe hearing and sight problems. He also had overall
responsibility for the hospital social work teams within the old
boundaries of the Norwich Health Authority area.
Sam has been involved in local politics concentrating on public
health, serving on the board of Norwich Health Authority and
representing the county council on the Norwich Primary Care Trust.
His experience also includes special needs housing developments and
housing in the community for people with physical handicaps. He is
a trustee of AgeUK and Julian Housing Support.
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.
Keane - Executive Member
Kieran is the Group Director of Operations for Places for
Farrow - Executive Member
Vivien is Managing Director of Cotman Housing