Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board is made up of Non-Executive Directors who are responsible for the general management, policy development and operation of Trafford Housing Trust.

There are currently nine board members including the Chairman, Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive who are co-opted to the Board.

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Edna Robinson, Group Chairman

Edna joined the Board in 2013. She is an experienced public sector and business leader and has held senior posts in both local and central government. Currently a high-level figurehead within the NHS, Edna spends her working day steering the Big Life group to a successful position as a thriving social business. Edna is married with three children, lives in Sale and is a Manchester United fan.

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Alastair Findlay

Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Alastair joined the Board in 2013. He’s a chartered accountant with a track record that includes investment banker in London, finance director of Mersey Docks in Liverpool and Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Skipton Building Society. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Angela Bolton

Angela is Chair of Trafford Housing Trust’s Customer Board. As Tesco compliance manager, she uses her vast retail experience to effectively engage with customers, gauge their needs and help to shape our customer offer.

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Gordon Perry

Following his retirement as CEO of national housing association Accent Group, Gordon joined our Board, bringing with him a wealth of expertise in a wide range of strategic housing market and social housing issues. He was previously CEO of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea TMO and Assistant Director of Housing at both London Borough of Camden and at Bolton Metropolitan Borough. He is currently also a non-executive Director of Broadacres Housing Association and Board member of ARK Housing Consultancy.

Sheila Tolley

Sheila has worked at Executive level for 15 years holding strategic and operational responsibilities within an ALMO and two of the largest national housing associations, as well as being the head of the housing inspection service across the North of England. She is also Managing Director of Sheila eliSha Consultants Ltd.

Matt Hemmings

Matt joined our Board having held a number of senior executive roles across telecomms, banking and retail. As the Director for Infrastructure Delivery for Openreach, his team builds and maintains communications infrastructure and works with us every day, installing telecoms on our new build homes. Matt holds a BA (HONS) from Durham University, a PgDip in Management and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Matt lives in Cheshire, is married with 2 children and is a big rugby fan.

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John Lamb

John has been involved in politics at all levels since 1977. Having been Ward Councillor for Ashton on Mersey Ward and Governor at University Hospital of South Manchester; Sale Grammar School and Park Road Junior School, as well as Chair of Governors at Stamford Park Junior School. Prior to his current daytime role as an independent management development consultant, he had a long career with United Utilities.

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Nigel McGurk

Nigel is a Development & New Business Committee Member with 25 years of public, private and community sector experience across the development industry. The past 15 years of this were spent holding national, board-level roles. For the past five years, his role has been Director of land and planning business Erimax.

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Sean Anstee

Sean is the Chief Executive of Telcom Infrastructure, part of Telcom Group, an innovative technology company, growing in Manchester. He was Leader of Trafford Council between 2014-18 and Vice Chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with portfolio responsibility for Skills, Employment and a Digital City Region. He is a board member of the National Housing Federation and is a keen marathon runner.

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