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Meet the directors

Mervyn Jones, Chief Executive

Chief Executive

Mervyn Jones

Mervyn Jones joined Yorkshire Housing as Chief Executive in June 2008. He has been involved with the housing sector for over 30 years, having previously worked as Chief Executive at Willow Park, a major urban stock transfer in Manchester, and housing organisations in London, the North West and Yorkshire.

Mervyn is a Board member of the National Housing Federation and Plus Dane Housing Group. He has an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University, where he is a Visiting Fellow, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.


David Bolton, Property Services Director

David Bolton, Property Services Director

Property Services Director

David Bolton

David has been with Yorkshire Housing for ten years and is responsible for the delivery of Yorkshire Housing’s property related services to over 30,000 customers across Yorkshire, including a PFI contract with Leeds City Council. In addition to property services, David takes responsibility for corporate health and safety and oversees our employment opportunities work.

David is also lead Director for Yorkshire Housing’s Home Improvement Agencies who provide advice, support, adaptations and handyperson services to over 16,000 vulnerable customers annually, operating regionally across Yorkshire in Barnsley, York, Harrogate, Sheffield, Rotherham, Craven, Hambleton & Richmondshire and Selby.

Before joining Yorkshire Housing, David worked for BPCH, Progress Housing Group and Guinness Northern Counties working across most areas of housing in various senior positions.

David is an ambassador for the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service along with being a Trustee of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. He also supports the University of Central Lancashire in a voluntary capacity.

David is married with three children and lives in the Ribble Valley.


Tansy Hepton, Resources Director

Resources Director

Tansy Hepton

Tansy joined Yorkshire Housing as Group Finance Director in July 2005 after 4 years at the Housing Corporation as Director of Regulation in the North.

She is a chartered accountant and spent most of her career before the Housing Corporation working in the financial services sector, focusing on treasury, risk management and planning.


Ged Walsh, Business and Development Director

Business & Development Director

Ged Walsh

Ged Walsh, formerly Head of Investment for the Yorkshire region of the Housing Corporation, has worked in the housing industry for 22 years.

After starting his housing career at Orbit Housing in the south, Ged returned north in 1990 to join Yorkshire Metropolitan Housing as a Development Officer.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and also a Chartered Surveyor, Ged has taken part in housing issues at both a local and regional level. In previous roles, he has also worked with many of the region’s Local Authorities.

Ged is now responsible for Yorkshire Housing’s Development & new business department and the Groups’ private sales and rental subsidiary Space Properties.


Celia Cashman, Housing Services Director

Housing Services Director

Celia Cashman

Celia joined Yorkshire Housing in 2009, and has worked in social housing for over 25 years. She began her housing career in London where she held the post of Housing Services Director in two large, developing housing associations, first Ealing Family (now Catalyst) and then The Guinness Trust.

After moving to Yorkshire in 1994, Celia worked for a number of years on a wide range of assignments as a consultant, before becoming Chief Executive, for four years, of Safe Haven Yorkshire a county-wide partnership set up to house asylum seekers and refugees. Before joining Yorkshire Housing she worked in housing market and community regeneration, and on housing strategy in South Yorkshire.

Celia lives in Sheffield with her partner and their teenage son.