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Meet our Board Members

We are governed by a Board who safeguard our viability, effectiveness and moral character. It combines expertise and experience in different areas including finance, legal, housing and local communities. Its purpose is to maintain our strategic direction in line with our mission and vision statements.

It is incumbent upon Board and Committee Members to declare any interests that may have the potential to conflict with their duties as a Board or Committee Member. Declaration of Interests is a standard agenda item at all our meetings. 

All Board and Committee Members complete our Declaration of Interests form at least annually; it is then the responsibility of each individual to update their entry if their situation changes during that year. All the declared interests are then recorded in our Register of Interests, which is available on request.

David Jepson

David Jepson

Chair of the Board

David has over 30 years’ experience of social housing starting his career with new build housing co-operatives in Liverpool. He has had over 16 years’ experience in senior management including as deputy chief executive at Riverside and as chief executive in a number of other organisations.

He has wide experience of governance, urban regeneration, private finance initiatives, stock transfers, mergers and the establishment of commercial ventures.

Paul Diggory

Paul Diggory

Senior Independent Director

Paul was Chief Executive with North Wales Housing from 2000 to 2016 and President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) from 2007-2008. He is current Chair of the CIH Cymru Board and a member of the CIH Governing Body.

An External Examiner at the University of Ulster from 2012-15 and a member of Housing Partnership UK from 2014-16, Paul has spoken at housing events throughout the UK and internationally.

Cath Bett

Cath Bett

Board Member

Having worked as Director of Finance at Plus Dane Housing for coming up to three years, Cath still considers herself to be a relative newcomer to the sector - not a day goes by when she still doesn’t learn something new!

She qualified as an accountant (too long ago to count now) and has worked in numerous sectors including the chemical industry, steel manufacturing, landfill and waste, and higher education. She enjoys getting to know the business inside out - this helps her support colleagues and make robust, informed decisions.

Cath has two very active teenagers and spends a large portion of her free time ferrying them between rugby, netball, and water polo – but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Paula Ellis

Paula Ellis

Board Member

Paula is Corporate Engagement and Research Manager at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, ensuring that citizens have a voice in policy and decision-making processes.

Prior to this, Paula worked in social housing for over 25 years in customer-facing roles and is passionate about making a difference to people and places. Paula has previously held several non-executive roles in various sectors and particularly enjoys working with local communities.

She has two grown-up daughters and a granddaughter, who she loves spending time with. In her spare time, she enjoys ballet barre, Pilates and mentoring young people.

Yasmin Fearon

Yasmin Fearon

Board Member and Chair of Governance and Remuneration Committee

Yasmin has worked in social housing for over 30 years for national housing regeneration agencies in both investment and regulation roles.

She has worked with both housing associations and local authorities to deliver affordable housing projects in the North West and delivered national programmes including Decent Homes.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and carries out a number of non-executive board roles.

Paul McGerty

Paul McGerty

Board Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Paul is a chartered accountant who has operated his own accountancy practice for over 20 years.

Paul has been an equity partner, a risk adviser for an insurance company and the chief finance and reporting officer for Everton FC. At Everton he oversaw the development and running of their free school, charity hub and lotteries programme, as well being involved in their academy funding and recruitment model.

Outside of work, Paul lives in Calderstones with his family and is a keen Everton supporter and season ticket holder.

Beth McKeown

Beth McKeown

Board Member

Beth is a qualified solicitor with experience working on social landlord housing disrepair claims.

Having obtained a Masters in Law from Liverpool John Moores University, Beth has since undertaken the LPC and completed a training contract with a Liverpool-based law firm.

Beth is passionate about assisting social landlords and tenants alike, looking to make a positive impact on the lives of tenants and the work of housing associations.

Lee Payne

Lee Payne

Board Member

Lee has 25 years’ experience in housing having worked in both the local government and housing association sectors. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and currently leads the Housing and Investment Service at Sefton Council.

He has experience in housing management, regeneration and development, asset management, homelessness, strategic and private sector housing.

Debbie Rees-Armstrong

Debbie Rees-Armstrong

Board Member & Chair of the Customer Services Committee

Debbie has lived in Speke for over 50 years. She is an active member of the community, volunteering for over 35 years at Speke Baths Swim Club, and is also a member of the Civilian Committee for ATC 90, Air Cadets based in Garston.

Over the years, Debbie has gained knowledge and experience in the housing sector, having worked at SLH from 2002 - 2011 and been an SLH Scrutiny Panel member since 2021. 

In January 2023, Debbie was appointed Chair of the newly-formed Customer Services Committee and a member of SLH Board.

Jamal Wahid

Jamal Wahid

Co-Optee

Jamal has lived in Garston for over 40 years. He joined scrutiny panel in 2014 and was elected as chair by his peers, a role he held for three years. Jamal came to the UK as a student in 1970 to be a merchant navy officer.

After nine years he left the navy and joined Ford where he worked for 31 years. He is the current vice-chair of Malaysian House Ltd, a charity foundation in Liverpool.

Become a board member

This is the highest level of involvement where you can contribute to the running and management of SLH through formal meetings. The Board is made up of independent members who make strategic decisions that ensure we are meeting our aims and objectives. Keep an eye on our Work For Us page for board member opportunities.

Committee Members

Elaine Eades

Elaine Eades

Independent Member - Governance & Remuneration Committee

Professor (retired) Elaine Eades is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Previously Associate Dean of the Management School, at the University of Liverpool, she designed and managed a suite of internationally-recognised MBA programmes. A specialist in human resource management (HRM), with a master’s degree in psychology and qualified in a range of occupational psychometric assessment tools, she has worked with a number of organisations in the recruitment, selection and development of their senior executive teams. She brings a wealth of expertise in leadership and management development and strategic HRM, she also has previous experience as a non-executive director of a hospital trust.

Derek Gibbon

Derek Gibbon

Independent Member - Audit and Risk Committee

Derek has over 30 years’ experience in the finance sector with a focus on risk management and leadership.

His sector interest and experience is derived from providing funding to housing associations, as well as supporting private sector developers with residential development finance to bring forward a wide variety of housing projects.

More recently, Derek has been employed by Homes England, where he works with developers to accelerate the pace of housing delivery across the country.  

Michael Gore

Michael Gore

Independent Member - Customer Services Committee

Michael has lived in Speke for 30 years and in Garston for eight. Michael has been an IT professional for most of his life, having studied IT and then video game development at Liverpool College, St. Helens College, and Liverpool John Moore's University. His first IT job was working with a Liverpool recycling company to provide low-cost PCs for children in African schools. Following this, Michael has worked for companies such as Bosch, providing IT support.

Today, Michael lives in Garston with his partner and provides search engine optimisation and copywriting services freelance for multiple clients across many sectors. When not working, Michael enjoys modern gaming and VR systems, builds and repairs laptops and PCs, and is "a keen yet very amateur photographer".

Adenson Gumbo

Adenson Gumbo

Independent Member - Customer Services Committee

Adenson is a qualified social worker, and has worked in the sector since 2019. He has lived in Speke since 2010, and has interacted with and supported people facing housing challenges in his professional role and also informally through his local church where he is an active member.

Appointed to the Customer Services Committee in January 2023, Adenson looks forward to learning more about the social housing sector, and making a contribution to ensure tenants’ interests and views are considered by the Board in their decision-making process.

Tracy Hindley

Tracy Hindley

Independent Member - Customer Services Committee

Tracy has lived in Garston and Speke for over 35 years. She has over 20 years of experience working within the property industry and is involved in the workplace with ED&I panels, Early Careers, and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Tracy is passionate about helping people and is a volunteer for Re-Engage and is currently training as a Safe Families volunteer.

As a Scrutiny Panel and Customer Service Committee member, she is committed to providing a voice for all.

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Independent Member - Audit and Risk Committee

Peter is group head of internal audit at the Very Group. He has 25 years of experience working in internal audit and finance roles, primarily in the retail and financial services sectors.

He is a qualified management accountant and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.

Karen Lowe

Karen Lowe

Independent Member - Audit & Risk Committee

Karen runs her own financial risk consultancy, working with both public and private sector organisations to manage business risks, and has previously worked with several high-profile audit firms.

She is passionate about supporting organisations to achieve their strategic objectives by providing expert advice and guidance on key business risks and through coaching their executive teams. Karen specialises in financial crime and financial risk management, as a chartered accountant and fraud expert with over 20 years’ UK and international experience in Big4 practice, industry, public sector and charities.

Mike Rickett

Mike Rickett

Independent Member - Customer Services Committee

Mike Rickett was a career journalist, having worked for Reuters, the London Daily Mail, and, latterly, the Liverpool Daily Post. He has experience as a crime reporter, feature writer, business editor, and senior sub-editor.

Apart from journalism, he was also Head of PR for Girobank and PR Executive for the Plessey Company.

Mike is now a practicing artist with a studio in Allerton and has also published three novels.

His qualifications include a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Liverpool, a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, and an MA in Creative Practice, both from Liverpool Hope University.

He has a daughter in Toronto, Canada, and a son in London. He splits his time between writing and art.

 

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