Board members


Tony Davison


Tony is a highly experienced businessman and councillor. Former Managing Director at company Bostik, he served as a local councillor, Chair of Governors of a College of Further Education, a Governor of Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently Chairman of Nantwich Town Football Club. Tony is also a member of the Remuneration & Appraisal Committee at Great Places.


Jenny Rayner

Deputy Chair, Chair of Remuneration & Appraisal Committee

Jenny has been an independent consultant and trainer on corporate governance, internal audit and risk management for 17 years and a board member in the social housing sector for more than a decade. Previously, she worked in commercial management and as a chief internal auditor at ICI and Zeneca.


Jerry Green

Chair of Audit & Assurance Committee

Jerry uses his 20 years' experience running a commercial property investment company to act as an advisor to a number of funders investing in the sector. A member of the leadership board at Manchester Business School and a Trustee of Macclesfield Academy, he has held high-profile roles at Yates Group and Gradus Group Ltd.


David Robinson

member of the Remuneration & Appraisal Committee (also a Board member of Cube)

David is a member of the Remuneration & Appraisal Committee. He is the Chairman and former MD of specialist retailer Richer Sounds, Managing Director of a privately-owned property development and investment company and a Trustee of United Learning, one of the country’s largest Multi Academy Trusts.


Brendan Nevin

member of the Audit & Assurance Committee

Brendan has spent more than 30 years working in the housing and regeneration sector. He played a lead role in developing the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) urban renewal programme and his research and policy work is regularly published.


Celia Cashman

member of the Audit & Assurance Committee

Celia is a retired housing professional who has spent almost 40 years working in a wide variety of housing and regeneration environments across the country. Her career history includes housing services director posts in a number of large housing associations, most recently at Yorkshire Housing, together with several years as a housing consultant.


Jan Fitzgerald

member of the Remuneration & Appraisal Committee

Jan draws on 30 years of experience working in housing and regeneration. She held several senior management positions at Sheffield City Council, including director of community services. Her high-profile work has seen her play a leading role in the regeneration of the city's Park Hill and Norfolk Park.


Will Taylor

Chair of Cube Great Places Limited

Will is the Chair of Cube. He is an experienced businessman and chartered surveyor, and was a former managing director of the Carrington Business Park in Trafford, part of the multinational Shell Group.


Matthew Harrison

CEO and Executive Board Member

Matthew joined Great Places in 1993 and led the growth of the organisation through award-winning development before being appointed Chief Executive in April 2013. He has vast experience in development and urban regeneration and has led on many iconic developments. He has also held voluntary positions and is a Board Member of a Local Strategic Partnership.