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 Chair, Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive who are co-opted to the Board.

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Edna Robinson, Group Chair

Edna Robinson has chaired the board of Trafford Housing Trust since 2013. With the acquisition of the Trust by L&Q, she also sits on the L&Q board. In addition, for the past ten years, Edna has chaired the Big Life Group, owners of the Big Issue North. A champion of individuals within society, she is chair of the People’s Powerhouse formed in response to the Northern Powerhouse. Edna has held several chief executive positions within the NHS and is currently working in an expert adviser role for NHS England. Edna is married with three children, lives in Sale and is a Manchester United fan.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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Long standing board member John Lamb retires

Long-standing board member John Lamb retires.

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