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Meet the board

Janet Roberts BA FCA, Chair

Janet is a Chartered Accountant with her own practice based in Market Harborough. Janet has lived in (or on the border of) rural Northamptonshire all her life and has experienced the problems of local people finding it difficult to stay within their local communities due to the cost of housing. This led to her becoming a supporter of the provision of affordable housing for local people in rural areas. As such she was pleased to be asked to join the Association where her professional qualifications could be used to ensure that the Association has the correct financial positions to enable it to provide more affordable homes.

Darren Paterson MAAT FCCA, Vice Chair

Darren qualified as an accountant 20 years ago, and has worked for the last 14 of those in public sector audit, working across local government, the NHS and central government. He currently provides consultancy services reviewing and advising on internal controls and performance across the NHS and NHS Wales. Other than for a two year stint in New Zealand, Darren has always lived in Northamptonshire, with the first part of his life residing in social housing. He thinks that affordable social housing has a vital role to play in today's society, but can see that role is coming under increasing pressures. He is keen to help ensure that NRHA maintains its important role in providing affordable housing to help people stay in rural communities that they either live or work in. Darren also sits as an independent member of the Audit Committee of an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in Lincolnshire, and enjoys cycling and writing.

Teresa Ankin BSc

Teresa is a Business Manager, with more than 20 years’ experience in financial services and IT, mainly working in London. She has personal and family experience of the difficulties in accessing to rural housing and joined the Board in 2017 with the aim of using her business skills to support the Association in providing a valuable service to the Northamptonshire rural community.

She holds a degree in Physics and has a lifelong interest in science.

Pam Booker, Tenant Representative

Pam has two daughters, six grandchildren as well as two great grandchildren. She has personal previous experience of inadequate housing and homelessness as well as some run-ins with bad private landlords in the days just post-Rachmanism so comes with much experience of fighting for her rights. Pam became a tenant of NRHA in September 1994. In 1999 Pam was elected to Daventry District Council as Clipston ward councillor serving six villages in this area and, naturally, with a particular interest in housing and planning. Pam served as a vice chairman of housing before the stock transfer and was a joint chair of the stock transfer scrutiny panel, and acted as a district councillor representative on the NRHA Board during this period. She stood down from DDC in May 2012 to pursue other interests for a while.

Bradley Swingler

Bradley works as a Chartered Building Surveyor for the commercial property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton based at their Northampton office. Bradley previously worked for South Northants Homes (SNH) Housing Association for four years, where he worked with the Major Works Team delivering decent homes standards to its 2,900 homes. Whilst at the Association Bradley completed part-time study of a HNC in Construction Management and Masters Degree in Building Surveying. Bradley completed his dissertation on assessing SNH's non-traditional housing stock and origination's performance. Bradley hopes to make a positive contribution and support for NRHA during the challenges the HA faces in the current economic climate and time of policy reform. Bradley is a strong believer in social and affordable housing and has seen first hand how they can help to develop and promote communities and support their tenants' needs.

Gareth Lugar-Mawson LL.B (Hons), FCIArb, FHKIArb, Barrister

Former Hong Kong High Court Judge Gareth Lugar-Mawson serves on the NRHA Board of Management as the representative for Northamptonshire ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England). From January 1981, until his retirement 25 years later in October 2005, Gareth Lugar-Mawson practiced in Hong Kong; initially with the Attorney General’s Chambers where he was the Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions and then with the Hong Kong Judiciary. Since returning to the UK, Gareth has been an arbitrator in private practice and has tutored in criminal, and constitutional and administrative law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Buckingham. In 2007, he was appointed a visiting judge of the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam and has sat part time in that jurisdiction since November 2007. He also sits as a High Court Deputy Judge in Hong Kong. Gareth is actively involved in his local community in South Northamptonshire and is the Chairman of Northamptonshire ACRE.

Tim Collins MSc, LL.B (Hons)

Tim joined the Board on 9th June 2017.

Bob Hartley BA (Hons), PGCE, MBA

Bob Joined the Board of NRHA in November 2017.

Bob has lived in Northampton for over 30 years and has witnessed the many changes in the town and surrounding villages during this time. His 40 Year professional career has spanned the public and private sectors working in public relations and industrial sales before becoming a University Lecturer.

Bob taught Marketing at De Montfort University and then moved to The University of Northampton finishing his academic career as Deputy Dean of the Business School. He now undertakes educational consultancy in the University sector and runs a small domestic property portfolio. His local charity work includes sailing with the disabled, volunteer driving for those needing to visit hospital, and fundraising to aid the homeless.


Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association has adopted the National Housing Federation "Excellence In Governance Code" to encourage the highest standards of governance and accountability while responding to change and increased risk.

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