Trafford Housing Trust

Non-Executive Directors

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

Here you can find information about the Board Members of Trafford Housing Trust.

Edna Robinson - Chairman

Edna joined the Board on 1st September as Chairman. She is an experienced public sector and business leader and has held posts in both local and central government. Edna is a senior figurehead within the NHS and is steering the Big Life group to a successful position as a thriving social business. Edna is married with 3 children, lives in Sale and is a football fan.

Alastair Findlay

Alastair joined the Board on 1st September 2013 and chairs the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He is a chartered accountant has had a career in finance, as an investment banker in London and finance director of Mersey Docks in Liverpool. He is deputy chairman of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was formerly a non-executive director and chairman of Skipton Building Society. He is a tennis and golf player and lives in Cheshire.

Angela Bolton

Tesco’s compliance manager, Angela Bolton, 43, became a THT leaseholder under the shared ownership scheme when she moved into Ripon Road two years ago, with her partner Colin and Jack, a 16 year old a West Highland White Terrier who loves the garden. “I got a leaflet through the door and did a bit of research on the Trust, and called in to find out what being on the Board entailed. This is my community and I love it here so I thought, why not get involved.” “I was impressed at how open everyone was. The office is a very friendly environment. The thing that really got me was the real desire to engage with customers. Working in retail I understand how difficult it is to get feedback from people, and that’s when they’re walking through the store every day. It’s much harder to get that dialogue when you don’t see the customers on a regular basis, but the Trust works very hard to be customer focused.” Angela loves her allotment at the back of PC World in Stretford, which she shares with a friend. “The community spirit down there is brilliant.” She says. Spending 15 hours a week on her patch she’s currently growing vegetables with a Caribbean theme including yams as well as more traditional fare such as potatoes, parsnips and carrots. When at home Angela is also handy with the sewing machine.

Gordon Perry

Gordon joined Trust's Board following his retirement as CEO of Accent Group, a national housing association based in Yorkshire. 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. Having worked across the North of England, London and the South East, Gordon has experience and expertise in a wide range of strategic housing market issues. He was the founding Chair of the National Association of ALMOs and a long standing member of the HCA Provider Panel. He has extensive experience of all parts of the social housing sector. Gordon, who is a member of the CIH Governing Board and has been co-opted as a non-executive Director of Broadacres Housing Association following their recent governance downgrade this year. He has also joined the board of ARK Housing Consultancy and will support their consultancy with a focus on business planning, mergers, governance, board and executive selection and mentoring.

Ian Belnavis

Ian is a Trafford resident who attended Seymour Park Primary School, Old Trafford and Great Stone Secondary School which was on the site now occupied by PC World on Chester Road, Stretford. After graduating from the University of Manchester with a Masters Degree in Economic and Social Studies, Ian spent many years in the public sector, including Senior Policy Officer at the former Commission for Racial Equality and Deputy Head of Housing Policy at Manchester City Council. Ian is now a self-employed consultant committed to the community and voluntary sector. Ian also volunteers locally, including as a member of the Old Trafford and Stretford Locality Partnership.

John Lamb

Has been involved in politics at all levels since 1977 (age 22!) Councillor for Ashton on Mersey Ward 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 Works as an independent consultant in the field of management development, training, executive coaching and elected member support and development Prior to this had a long career with United Utilities Lives in Altrincham Motto in life is that the glass is always half full and to see the opportunities in every challenge or problem!

John Verbickas

Trafford resident since its inception, went to Stretford Grammar School, Children attended to Loreto and St. Ambrose Worked in Wythenshawe area as a Self Employed Insurance Agent, then with a Shipping Company on Salford Quays until retirement. Retired for two years john is a member of Seamons Cycling Club in Altrincham, enjoying all aspects of cycling i.e. track, time trials and long distance. Enjoys watching Rugby and was a player and referee for many years John says being with my children and grandchildren gives me great satisfaction.

Nigel McGurk

Non-Executive and Development & New Business Committee Member

Nigel brings with him 25 years of public, private and community sector experience across the development industry, with the last fifteen years having been spent in national, board-level roles. For the past five years he has been Director of Erimax – Land, Planning and Communities, a land and planning business.

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