Board Members 

 

 

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Carole Taylor-Brown

Carole joined the board as chair in...

Carole joined the board as chair in 2016 after serving as the independent chair of our audit committee for the past three years. Carole runs a consultancy and provides coaching to senior leaders, as well as support with sensitive mediations and investigations. Prior to setting up her business, Carole spent 35 years in the public sector, working in senior positions in local government and as a chief executive in the NHS, where she led financial recovery and service improvements across Suffolk.
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Adrian Barber

Adrian joined Suffolk Housing in August...

Adrian joined Suffolk Housing in August 2018 after spending 13 years specialising in consultancy work and fulfilling interim senior manager roles. He brings with him 30 years’ experience in the housing industry, having begun his career as a housing officer in Kent before fulfilling a variety of senior roles in the south east. Adrian became a consultant and interim in 2005 and has since worked with a wide range of organisations across the country, most recently with Trivallis, in Wales, where he was a director before becoming interim chief executive. Adrian is passionate about listening to residents and finding innovative ways to use technology to improve services.
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Julian Herbert

Julian joined the Audit and risk...

Julian joined the Audit and risk Committee as an independent member in Jan17 and became chair of the committee in Sep17. Julian is currently Finance Director of Suffolk based Notcutts Limited, prior to this he has carried out a range of senior roles in the private and public sector most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the East and West Suffolk NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.
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Matthew Peak

Matthew Peak joined the board in 2017....

Matthew Peak joined the board in 2017. He has extensive experience in the housing sector, after working with three different housing associations. Matthew is also currently director of finance with Hanover Housing, which provides 19,000 specialist retirement properties across the country. Matthew is also a governor at an infant school in Cambridgeshire.
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Martin Royal

Martin Royal joined the board in 2017...

Martin Royal joined the board in 2017 after spending a career spanning 18 years in the Army and 22 years in the NHS with a back ground in managing Mental Health services, latterly specialising in property management, having been the Regional Director of NHS Property Services for the Midlands & East area. He is currently working as a contractor on a range of projects throughout the East of England.
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Emma Palmer

Emma holds the position of Executive...

Emma holds the position of Executive Director at Flagship Group and has extensive varied experience in the housing sector. She has experience of working with both in and out of sector boards in an executive and non executive capacity. Emma’s most recent career includes developing strategic partnerships and joint ventures to leverage business growth and new housing supply and as Chief Executive of RFT Services, the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of Flagship.
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John Geisen

John is a former Housing Association...

John is a former Housing Association Chief Executive, a former Board member of Placeshapers and is passionate about equality and diversity. Under his leadership BHA was the youngest association to be awarded 2* by the Audit Commission and achieved accreditation from the Institute of Excellence. Under Johns leadership B3Living was in the Top10 Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for 5 years in a row. Since his ‘retirement’ John has been appointed as Chair of Tpas and also works as a consultant, majoring on leadership; staff engagement and equality and diversity
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Stephen Cook

Is the proprietor of Stephen Cook...

Is the proprietor of Stephen Cook Consulting, which he set up after stepping down as Chief Executive of The Havebury Housing Partnership in 2010. He has 50 years experience in the management and development of affordable housing together with homelessness services and until recently was Chair of Emmaus Cambridge where he continues to serve on the board of trustees He is now also a member of the board of Emmaus Suffolk whilst also Chairing the Audit Risk & Governance Committee and the Financial Resilience Task Group for Emmaus UK. He also holds a non-executive directorship at Foundation East in addition to Suffolk Housing Society and undertakes work for the Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Service. Prior to his role at Havebury he held a number of senior posts in Local Government and served as a Principle Policy Advisor to the Local Government Association and as a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s National Council. He was also a Governor at West Suffolk College, an External Examiner at Anglia Ruskin University and a trustee of Workwise a mental health charity.
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Ian Jackson

Ian is currently the Executive Director...

Ian is currently the Executive Director of Portfolio Investment with The Longhurst Group, he is responsible for Development and Sales, strategic asset management and Health and Safety. Ian is a highly experienced housing professional with a strong background in construction and development, with particular emphasis on joint ventures and strategic partnerships, company management, client relationship management, customer satisfaction and the creation of new business. Ian also sits on the board of Peterborough Regional College as Vice Chair.
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Neville Hounsome

Prior to his portfolio career Neville...

Prior to his portfolio career Neville was a Human Resources Director with a variety of private and public employers. His final HRD role was with Hyde Housing a large London housing association. All of these organisations were sector leaders and award winners. Neville has full Chartered Director status (CDir) having passed a series of examinations with the Institute of Directors. His professional qualifications led to him becoming both a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and he is an accredited executive coach.

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Glen Adams

Glen has a background in finance, tax...

Glen has a background in finance, tax and governance, currently at Swan Housing and previously at ITV. He has experience in mergers, acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures.
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