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 ten board members including the Chair and Chief Executive who are co-opted to the Board.

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Sean Anstee CBE, Group Chair

Sean was appointed Group Chair in October 2020, after six years as a Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust. Following the acquisition of Trafford Housing Trust by L&Q in October 2019, Sean will be joining the Group Board of L&Q, having already been a member of L&Q’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Sean is one of the most influential voices in housing, and alongside his latest role as Executive Director for Cratus Communications, he sits on the board of the National Housing Federation and is a Governor and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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.

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Larry Gold, Chief Executive

With a solid background in chartered accountancy, Larry spent 18 years working in housing organisations and prior to that holding leadership positions in Local and Central Government.

In 2004, he was an integral part of the team that set up Trafford Housing Trust and spearheaded our move into ‘profit for purpose’ development. Larry became Deputy CEO in 2016 and is Managing Director of Development. He is the executive lead for the Trust’s social investment and social enterprise activity, and the driving force behind CleanStart, a social enterprise set up to help those struggling to find work gain access to training and employment.

October 2019 saw Larry take up the position as CEO of Trafford Housing Trust from his position as acting CEO as THT become a standalone subsidiary of L&Q.

In his spare time, Larry loves spending time with his family and long walks with their beloved dogs.

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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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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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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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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.

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Waqar Ahmed

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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