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Board of directors

Our board is made up of non-executive directors who are responsible for the strategic leadership, direction, and overall control of Trafford Housing Trust.

Meet our Board Members

Sean Anstee CBE | Group Chair

Sean is an experienced strategist and advisor with an extensive background in regional and local government, having held senior positions at a local authority, regional combined authority, and the Local Government Association.

Previously Leader of Trafford Council for four years and as a senior member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Sean has advised on and overseen, the successful delivery of several major infrastructure and development projects. He provides advice on all aspects of regional and local government, with specialisms in infrastructure, housing, education, and finance.

Sean is a co-opted governor of Manchester Metropolitan University and serves as a Non-Executive Director of London & Quadrant and the National Housing Federation. He is Executive Director of Municipal Partners and Senior Advisor at C|T Local, part of the C|T Group.

Sean graduated with First Class Honours in Business Management in July 2013 from Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a CBE for services to Local Government in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.

He joined the Board of Trafford Housing Trust in April 2014, and was appointed Chairman in September 2020.

Angela Bolton | Chair

As Chair of Trafford Housing Trust’s Customer Committee, Angela uses her vast experience in retail to effectively engage with customers, gauge their needs and help to shape our customer offer.

Gordon Perry

Following his retirement in 2017 after 10 years as CEO of a 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, with a specific interest in Governance and Regulation. 

Gordon also sits on the L&Q AUDIT and RISK Committee.

He is currently also on the board of ARK Housing Consultancy and Trustee and Non-Executive Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Gordon 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. 

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 and Chair of THTD Board, his team builds and maintains communications infrastructure and works with us every day, installing telecoms on our new build homes.

Matt also sits on the L&Q Development Committee.

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.

Andrew Western

A lifelong Trafford resident, he is the Leader of Trafford Council and has been a local councillor representing Sale Town Centre since 2011. Andrew is also the Greater Manchester Portfolio lead for the GMCA Green City-Region. Andrew’s professional background is in project management, predominantly in civil engineering specialising in supporting the delivery of large scale infrastructure programmes.

He has also worked on IT transformation projects including at Manchester Airport Group. In addition to his work as Leader of Trafford Council and on Green City Region Andrew sits on the North West Regional Leaders’ Board, serves on the Board of a local mental health charity and is the Vice President of a Trafford-based youth association. Andrew is also a non-executive director of Trafford Housing Trust and is a member of the LGA Improvement and Innovation Board.

Peter Burke

Peter has a wealth of commercial and technical expertise gained from 40 year’s experience in the housing sector. Brought up in Trafford, Peter started out as an apprentice bricklayer, working his way up to hold technical, construction and commercial directorships with high profile UK development companies.

As a THT board member, he’s committed to giving back to the sector that’s given him such a successful career - at a time when it’s rising to the challenge of providing much needed affordable homes.

Waqar Ahmed | Group Finance Director, L&Q

Waqar has worked for L&Q for more than 20 years and was appointed Group Finance Director in 2008. Waqar’s priority has been to develop a management culture across L&Q that pursues our social objectives alongside a commercial approach.

Taking on the exec lead for the L&Q Foundation has enabled Waqar to further support the Foundation in creating long term sustainable partnerships with other like-minded charities investing in the social fabric of the areas that we work in.

Kris Peach

Kris Peach has worked in the Housing and Care sector for 20 years in both operational and development roles. Kris is currently the Director of Extra Care at Housing 21, a specialist housing and care provider for older people, where he joined in July 2010 following a period working for a specialist supported living provider. He previously worked for Claimar Care for over ten years in operational and development roles, managing and developing new Home Care and Extra Care housing services.

Kris also sits on the L&Q Governance and Remuneration Committee.

In his current role, Kris has seen the impressive expansion of Extra Care across the country. As the Director of Extra Care, Kris oversees the management and operation of over 140 existing Extra Care schemes, housing nearly 6,000 residents and delivering over 42,000 hours of care per week. Kris is also responsible for bringing new developments into operation, currently 800 new units of accommodation per year.

Kris is committed to seeing services deliver the best quality housing and care for the people that need them most, for Kris, this means continually striving to innovate and further improve the housing with the care sector.

Steve Hughes

Steve joins our main board following his time as Chair of the Social Investment Committee, initially joining in the role in 2017. As Chief Executive of a large Greater Manchester Citizens Advice service, Steve is a leading voice on the issues affecting families across GM.  Alongside his role in the Citizens Advice service, Steve is the Cabinet Member for Communities at Rossendale Borough Council. He is Chair of Sector 3 in Stockport and has previously held similar roles in the charity and education sectors.

In addition to the above, Steve is a campaigner against HIV stigma and discrimination, volunteering with the Terrence Higgins Trust, sharing his personal journey following a diagnosis of HIV in 2016.

John Brooks

John has a broad range of commercial and leadership skills gained during a successful career in Retail Operations across the UK. His experience includes developing a new convenience store business in the North West and being the Regional Operations Controller for Spar convenience stores. He has also been part of the acquisitions team for several takeovers within the supermarket and convenience store sectors.

Since retiring John has served as a Non-Executive Director for Trinity Green Housing Association and is currently Deputy Chairman for Widnes Walking Football Club. John’s career has been dedicated to delivering the best possible customer service and he is pleased to bring this experience to his role with THT.

Wilf Stevenson

Wilf, a lifelong Trafford resident, had a successful career spanning two decades in the logistics and transport industry before becoming a self-employed builder.  An engaged resident of THT, he is a member of the High Rise Living Panel and is passionate about equality and opportunity for all.  Having recently become a father for the first time, Wilf is committed to ensuring Trafford remains a great place to live with a thriving community. 

Myrna Rollins

Myrna has been an actively involved customer with THT for several years, participating in customer engagement focus groups, website and literature feedback and the Quality Improvement Panel.  Myrna has lived in Trafford all her life and is passionate about green spaces and maintaining a pleasant and litter-free environment for all of the community.  Myrna works for the University of Manchester and enjoys football, athletics, and spending time with her family in her spare time.