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.
Joanne Barrett, Vice Chair
Joanne joined the Board as a local authority representative. She currently works as a Strategic Housing Manager at a local authority in Northamptonshire whose operational area is predominantly rural. Joanne has worked in housing for 18 years and has experience in the fields of housing management, tenant involvement, private sector housing, homelessness, housing advice, housing strategy and enabling and delivery of new affordable housing. The majority of her working life has been spent working for local authorities in rural parts of Northamptonshire. She hopes her experience and current knowledge will benefit NRHA and its tenants in the constantly changing and sometimes challenging operating environment.
Darren Paterson MAAT FCCA
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 across the NHS and NHS Wales. Other than for a recent 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.
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 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, for which he was awarded RICS East Midlands Prize for Outstanding 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.
Saul Marston DIP HE MSc
Saul Marston joined the NRHA Board as the NFU representative. Members of the farming community can make an important contribution to the delivery of NRHA housing in the county by making land available for development. We also recognise the value of providing affordable homes for people in rural employment and with other local connections.
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