Board members


Tony Davison


Tony is a highly experienced businessman. 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 for 17 years been an independent consultant and trainer on corporate governance, internal audit and risk management. She formerly enjoyed a 21-year career with ICI and Zeneca in a variety of commercial management roles and as a chief internal auditor. Jenny has been a board member in the social housing sector for over 10 years. 


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.


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.

Michael Hanson 

Michael Hanson

member of the Audit & Assurance Committee

Mike is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Economics. He has spent the last 30 years working for a successful mutual building society based in Stockport, initially as Head of Finance and then as Director and Chief Executive with responsibility for its management and strategic development. In addition to property and personal finance matters Mike has a strong interest in social and community affairs and is a Trustee and Chair of Stockport’s Citizens Advice and a volunteer adviser at Macclesfield Citizens Advice. Mike is also a Trustee of a fund which supports disadvantaged young people in the north west.


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.

Christine Amyes 

Christine Amyes

member of Remuneration & Appraisal Committee  

Christine is a senior manager with a wide range of executive and non-executive experience, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive for New Charter Group. Christine’s early career was in the Civil Service where she specialised in Training and Development. Christine is currently working as an Independent OD Consultant and Executive Coach and has experience as a Non Executive Director.


David Robinson

Group Board Member and Chair of Cube

David is the Chair of Cube and 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.


Babar Ahmad

Cube Homes Limited

Babar is a Chartered Surveyor with vast experience of acquiring residential and commercial land. He has excellent knowledge of land markets and the town planning system and has delivered large regeneration projects including the only Legacy facility built outside of London for the 2012 Olympic Games.


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.

Emma - board member 

Emma Prichard-Selby

Cubes Homes Limited 

Emma graduated with first class honours in Urban Land Economics from Sheffield Hallam University and is well versed in design, planning, procurement and legal governance. She brings with her a wealth of development experience, having been Head of (Pre Construction) Development at Berkeley Homes (North East London) and Residential Development Director for Westfield. Emma is the Founding Director of development company The Vesta Group which works alongside local authorities, land owners and Pension Funds.