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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.

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.

Yasmin Fearon

Yasmin Fearon

Board Member

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.

Eric Hughes

Eric Hughes

Board Member and Chair of Governance & Remuneration Committee

Eric is a qualified youth and community development worker and has held a number of executive and non-executive roles in charities, housing and local government. His experience covers a range of projects and initiatives including Private Finance Initiatives, mergers, corporate restructuring projects, governance and stakeholder engagement.

Eric is passionate about providing homes for people while ensuring the social, environmental and economic well-being of the neighbourhoods in which they live.

Danielle James

Danielle James

Board Member and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Danielle is Head of Financial Accounting at Riverside Housing.

Prior to this, she was Finance Director for Liverpool John Lennon Airport having joined them in 2012 as a Financial Planning Manager. 

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and qualified Financial Analyst who graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first class degree in Law.

Paul McGerty

Paul McGerty

Board Member

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.

Graham Pink

Graham Pink

Board Member

Previously Chief Executive of Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships, Graham is currently Director of Commissioning and Commercial Management at Cheshire West and Chester Council where he is responsible for delivering large regeneration schemes and managing the council's large contracts.

He was formerly Project Director of Liverpool Land Development Company and the Speke Garston Development Company, which led the economic regeneration of South Liverpool under the European Objective One Programme.

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

Derek Gibbon

Derek Gibbon

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.  

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

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.

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.

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.

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