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How we are governed

Our boards and committees comprise people who are committed to Yorkshire Housing and the communities we serve. Members have a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to draw on, and they attend training sessions to broaden their knowledge and ensure they stay up to date. You can find out more about our governance structure below, or through our annual reports.

Yorkshire Housing’s Executive team work closely with the board and committees to achieve the highest standards of governance and accountability. Together we maintain rigorous internal control systems. The effectiveness of these is reviewed regularly by auditors who report directly to the Group Business Assurance Committee. At the same time we aim to respond promptly and sensitively to the widely varying environment in which we provide homes and housing services.

Yorkshire Housing’s customer service standards have been developed in consultation with customers, the board and committees. They reflect the high level of service we aim to consistently deliver.

Yorkshire Housing Board

The Yorkshire Housing Limited Board oversees the affairs of the Yorkshire Housing Group. It sets the Group’s vision, strategies, plans and resources and directs its business.

The members of the Yorkshire Housing Limited Board are:

Homes & Places Committee

The core role of the Committee is to support the YHL Board in achieving Yorkshire Housing’s five key priorities in the Business Strategy with a particular focus on Great Customer Experience and Homes and Places to be Proud of. 

The Committee will also review how YH operates through the customers’ lens 
and ensure that the customers’ voice influences decisions and strategy through the Customer Voice and Review Committee and Scrutiny Review.  

The members of the Homes and Places Committee are: 

  • Leann Hearne (Chair)
  • Ian Costigan
  • Isabel Hunt
  • Tracey Tucker
  • Stephen Featherstone
  • Wasif Mir

Group Business Assurance Committee

The core role of the committee is to provide assurance to the YHL Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of the systems for governance, risk management and internal control, and to ensure we maintain our current and future viability.

The members of the Group Business Assurance Committee are:

  • Russell Galley (Chair)
  • Ellie Stead
  • Matt Blake
  • Kevin Brady
  • Kay Dickinson

Growth and Investment Committee

The core role of the Committee is to support Yorkshire Housing Limited and its subsidiaries in delivering the growth element of the Business Strategy. This relates specifically to the procurement and delivery of new homes and related new business, and generating profit for a purpose.

The members of the Growth and Investment Committee are:

  • Richard Flanagan (Chair)
  • Jacqui Esimaje-Heath
  • Ian Costigan
  • Nick Harne
  • Philip Roebuck

Governance and People Committee

The core role of the Committee is to ensure there are adequate skills on the Board through effective skills and succession planning and that the People Strategy is delivered. It is also responsible for the reward and remuneration of staff, the Executive Team, Board and Committee Members through ensuring the approach taken is clearly aligned to Yorkshire Housing’s values and Business Strategy.

The members of the governance committee are:

  • Alison Hadden (Chair)
  • Ingrid Fife
  • Ellie Stead

YH Residential Board

The core role of the YH Residential Board is to oversee the management and delivery of non-social housing activities as delegated to it by the Board of Yorkshire Housing Limited. 

The members of the YHR Board are:

  • Jacqui Esimaje-Heath (Chair)
  • Isabel Hunt
  • Jim Wren
  • Andy Oldale

Become a board member

From time to time we have places available on our Boards and Committees. Anyone interested in being considered may contact for more information. If you’d like to be kept informed of new vacancies, sign up for alerts on our careers page where all current vacancies are listed.


In line with our chosen Code of Governance, Board Member declarations of interest are held on a register which is reported annually to the Board and is available for public scrutiny. Please contact


If you’d like to be kept informed of new vacancies, sign up for alerts on our careers page.


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