Tony is a highly experienced businessman. Former Managing Director at 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 a director of Crewe Alexandra Football Club. Tony is also a member of the Remuneration & Appraisal Committee at Great Places.
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 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 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.
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.
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 advisor at Macclesfield Citizens Advice. Mike is also a Trustee of a fund which supports disadvantaged young people in the north west.
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.
Grenville is a highly experienced finance, business and governance leader and consultant, with a wealth of Board level and senior change experience both as an executive and as a NED/trustee gained across the public (local government, NHS, central government), charities/social enterprises and housing sectors. He is CIPFA qualified and has held Finance Director positions in health, social enterprise and private care sector organisations. He has extensive knowledge of the health, social care, housing, well-being and welfare to work agendas. Grenville joined Equity’s Board in September 2015 and has since joined Great Places’ Board following the partnership in April 2020.
Mervyn has extensive experience within the housing sector, most recently as Chief Executive at Yorkshire Housing, a position which he held for over 10 years. Prior to this Mervyn was Chief Executive at Willow Park Housing Trust in Wythenshawe, as well as sitting on a number of housing related Boards as a non-executive member. Mervyn joined Equity’s Board in April 2019 and has since joined Great Places’ Board following the partnership in April 2020.
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.
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 joined Great Places in 1993 and led 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 that have supported the growth of the business. He has also been involved with a Local Strategic Partnership, has been a PFI Company Board Member and has supported the NHF in a variety of ways. He is currently a Board member of the Sheffield Housing Company and is a Non-Exec Board Member of another housing provider.
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