Board Information

Do you want to help the Association grow whilst making sure it delivers the best service it can to its customers and supporting them through this crisis. If that sounds like something you want to do and can spare a few hours each month then get in touch – there might be a place waiting for you on the Board!

Name Appointed Experience
Claire Stone (Chair)

Claire joined the Board in 2024 and her aim is to make sure residents are front and centre of decision making at every possible opportunity.  She has worked in housing for over 30 years with her latest role being Executive Director of Customer Experience at Accent where she headed up customer services, property services, asset management, customer & building safety and customer engagement. She has also delivered health / housing projects, rural regeneration and employment & training services.

She is a member of the board of the Blackpool Housing Company, chairs their subsidiary Lumen Housing Association and is on the the board of Leeds Federated HA where she also chairs the Operations Committee.

Joanna Chambers

Director of Assets and Growth at Leeds and Yorkshire Housing, with significant experience of housing development from a broad range of housing associations.  Experience and knowledge of carbon reduction strategies for housing portfolios.

Jane Fowler

A professional with a BSc in Sustainable Land and Diploma from Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).  Strong customer centric values gained through employed, consultancy and non-executive director appointments.  A strong interest in making sure her local community thrives and prospers. Has been a parish councillor and worked with the CCG on strategic planning.

Megan Henderson

Currently Head of Corporate Services at Leeds Federated Housing Association but has had frontline customer service experience as well as roles in corporate governance.  Has mentored with HDN since 2010, chaired the NHF HR group for the Yorkshire and Humber 2011 – 2019 and was a Board member for the WISH Yorkshire and Humber region 2016 – 2020.

Ilyas Lunat

Senior Manager Income Services at Connect Housing Association.  Has 25 years of sector experience with specialist skills and knowledge in housing management, customer services, income collection, financial and digital inclusion, and legal issues in housing, at both a practical and strategic level.

Carmen McCormack
Carmen McCormack

Carmen is a longstanding customer of the Association and Chair of the Customer Liaison Committee.
John Place

Head of Housing Services for Accent Housing with a BA in Business Management.  A customer focussed strategic thinker who is passionate about developing individuals to reach their full potential, delivering great homes and services.

David Smith

ACCA, ICAEW and CIPFA Qualified accountant and currently Executive Director of Resources at Broadacres Housing Association. Prior to joining Broadacres David spent 17 years in practice advising a variety of local government, housing and central government clients on technical accounting, implementing new financial management policies and regimes, training agendas, modernisation and performance improvement.

Jo Watson

CIPFA qualified accountant and former Chief Finance Officer for Teesdale District Council.  Currently Director of Finance at Railway Housing Association in Darlington.

Stuart Whyte
Stuart Whyte

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing with many years of sector experience. Knowledge and experience of housing management, development, regeneration and asset management. Chaired a number of sector based organisations.