The board currently comprises the Group Chair, three other non-executive directors, Chorus Homes Group’s Managing Director, and an appointee of Places for People Group. The directors act independently of management which ensures the highest standards of accountability and transparency are upheld throughout the organisation.
Meet the board
Non-executive board members:
Kevin has experience in the fields of finance, farm management and pastoral ministry. Alongside that he has chaired two different parish councils and been involved with community activities over many years, particularly in Cambridgeshire where he has been resident for most of his life.
Qualifications include BA (Hons) in Theology from University of Wales and Horticultural & Agricultural Business Management. Kevin currently chairs a national committee for the Baptist Union in connection with listed places of worship.
Cecilia has worked in local government since she started out as a housing graduate trainee in Haringey in 1982. Initially Cecilia worked in London on a number of multi million estate regeneration initiatives and finally as Project Director for the Chalkhill Project in Wembley.
In 1998 Cecilia became Deputy Chief Executive at East Cambridgeshire District Council and in 2007 she was seconded to South Cambridgeshire District Council for one year where she led their improvement programme. Cecilia was appointed as Director of Improvement East in April 2008, which was the Regional Efficiency and Improvement Partnership (RIEP) for the East of England.
In December 2012 Cecilia was appointed as the Managing Director of the East of England Local Government Association which provides support and advice to all 52 councils across the region. Cecilia is passionate about innovation and improvement in all public services and oversees a Talent Bank of experienced associates who work extensively across the region. Cecilia was a board member of Cambridge Housing Society for 9 years and is a Fellow of the RSA.
A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience in real estate finance, corporate reporting and financial management. Lynette is also a Director of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Trustee of Landaid and past UK Chair of National Women in Property Association. She also spent ten years as a Partner with BOO Stoy Hayward, where she specialised in international real estate transactions.
Lynette joined the Places for People Group board in 2011 and was appointed as the Senior Independent Director in 2015.
Mike has been a member of the Chorus Homes Group Board since 2013 and was appointed Chairman in March 2017. He is also Chair of the Ferry Project, a homeless project in Wisbech which is a subsidiary of Chorus Homes.
Mike has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and spent most of his working life in education. He recently retired as Deputy Head Academic at Wisbech Grammar School but maintains an interest in education through Wisbech Reads, a project which seeks to increase the literacy levels of children and adults in Wisbech and the surrounding area. He is also an Examiner for Cambridge International.
As a member of the oversight team of the King’s Church, Wisbech, Mike is Chair of the Church Trustees and sometimes preaches. He is also part of the Wisbech High Street Consultative Committee which has recently secured a Heritage Lottery grant to bring about improvements to some of the town’s buildings.
Executive board members:
Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in the sector managing mixed-tenure housing, regeneration projects and stock transfers. He has overseen business transformation projects and change management programmes.
Nigel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Professional Standards Committee.
Debi is a Qualified Healthcare Professional who has over 20 years’ experience working at senior level in the Health, Social Care and Housing markets, strategically leading teams and businesses to provide innovative high quality services in diverse and challenging markets for both public, independent and not-for-profit sectors.
Debi has an excellent track record and a strong reputation; she most recently was Chief Executive of Living+, part of the Places for People Group which provides accommodation, support and care services to help vulnerable people with complex needs live independent fulfilling lives. Prior to this, Debi was previously Chief Operating Officer at Anchor Trust.
We maintain a register of people who would like to be considered as future Board Members.
Board Members fulfil a vital role in Chorus Homes. The role is "non-executive", which broadly speaking means you don't manage or direct day to day activities. The role of a Board member is to help us stay on track to achieve our Mission by being a "critical friend", reviewing the organisation's performance, looking at strategy and policy, being aware of the bigger picture, considering how our decisions and actions are fit for purpose, minimise risk, enhance our reputation and brand, encourage others to follow our example, meet the requirements of law and regulation and a few more...
We provide training, support and a great deal of encouragement to enable our Board members to be the very best!
We maintain a transparent and open process to the recruitment of potential Board members, and are always interested in hearing from people who feel they share the enthusiasm of all those associated with Chorus Homes, can identify with our Mission, Values and Goals and would like to play an active part in promoting our success in an increasingly demanding external operating environment. We’re happy to receive a covering letter and CV (to firstname.lastname@example.org). We will hold this for future reference as opportunities become available and there also may be scope to invite you to a corporate event, where you can experience Chorus Homes for yourself.
The Boards of Chorus Homes Group and its subsidiary companies meet quarterly during the year. Board members are appointed through a formal process against comprehensive selection criteria. Places for People Group is the sole member of Chorus Homes, and its representative sits on Chorus Homes boards.
The role of Chorus Homes Board is to exercise overall control and direction through the determination of strategies and objectives, and the monitoring of performance against them. The schedule of delegations for Chorus Homes with the Places for People Group seeks to balance the control required by any parent company, with adequate empowerment of management at Group and subsidiary level.
Places for People’s Remuneration Committee sets the policy for pay for members of Chorus Homes Board. It approves any pay increases, bonus arrangements, long-term incentive arrangements and pension arrangements for executive directors. Places for People’s Audit & Risk Committee reviews the strategic risks faced by the wider Group and the approach taken by management in relation to managing risk. Operational risk is reviewed and managed by the Board of Chorus Homes, and the company’s risk register is reviewed at regular intervals.