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Meet the board

The Yorkshire Housing Board works with its subsidiary Boards, the Committees and the Executive team to ensure that business is dealt with effectively, decisions are taken at the most appropriate level and the results of those decisions enhance our performance. Find out more about how Yorkshire Housing is governed.

From time to time we have places available on our board. 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.

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History

At Yorkshire Housing we’re really proud of our history.

Governance

Find out more about how we are governed.

Ingrid Fife - Chair

Ingrid Fife - Chair

Ingrid has a wealth of experience as a Board member and a Chair.  She has a commercial background and as a non-executive has worked with Boards in both the housing and health sectors.  She has a strong understanding of social housing, serving on the board of Riverside (Group Board and Chair of Care and Support) and previously as Chair for Halton Housing and Vice Chair for Regenda.

Ingrid is a member of the Governance and People Committee.

Alison Hadden - Vice Chair

Alison Hadden - Vice Chair

Alison began her housing career 31 years ago and has spent the past eight years as a chief executive. Alison is currently the chair of Stafford and Rural Homes and continues to work as an experienced interim manager within housing. Alison is committed to bringing her considerable experience of the sector to benefit our customers.

Alison is a Chair of the Governance and People Committee.

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

Richard is a chartered surveyor with over 26 years’ experience in commercial development, valuations and development consultancy. He currently runs his own property consultancy and is a chair of RICS APC assessment panels, determining whether candidates are competent to practise.

Richard is the chair of the Growth and Investment Committee.

Isabel Hunt

Isabel Hunt

Isabel has 21 years’ executive level experience in service design, digital transformation and customer roles in both the public and private sectors. She is currently the Executive Director for innovation and insight at the National Heritage Lottery Fund and is a Board Trustee of the Royal Institute for Blind People (RNIB). 

Isabel is a member of the YHR Board and the Homes and Places Committee.

Leann Hearne

Leann Hearne

Leann is currently Chief Executive of Livv Housing Group (formerly First Ark Group). Having made the transition to social housing in 2008, she has held a range of senior operational and executive roles and brings a wealth of experience from the commercial, not-for-profit and regulated sectors. Leann is also a trustee for the Shakespeare North Playhouse Trust.

Leann is the Chair of the Homes and Places Committee.

Matthew Blake

Matthew Blake

Matt is a Chartered Management Accountant and has over 15 years experience working in a variety of Treasury, Accounting and Analytical Roles within the Financial Services Industry. He was previously Director of Treasury for Together Financial Services Limited and is currently the Treasurer at Pepper Money UK Limited.

Matt is a member of the Group Business Assurance Committee and the YH Finance Plc Board. 

Jacqueline Esimaje-Heath

Jacqueline Esimaje-Heath

Jacqui is an architecturally trained, experienced real estate director, with a background of working within both the public and private sectors. She is currently Regional Development Director for London North at L&Q and has over 26 years proven experience. In her previous roles, she has held responsibility for the areas of residential property development, housing and management consultancy, regeneration, private sector renewal and residential sales & marketing.

Jacqui is also an experienced non-executive director, with over 20 years’ experience in providing strategic leadership in the not-for-profit sector. She has also acted as a mentor to individuals at both non-executive and operational levels.

Jacqui is Chair of YH Residential Board and a member of the Growth and Investment Committee.

Eleanor Stead

Eleanor Stead

Ellie has over 30 years’ of experience in financial services, cards and payments. She was most recently the Senior Vice President for Client Business Operations at TSYS International, a leading global payments provider. She has previously worked for Yorkshire Bank, GE Capital Global Consumer Finance and as a consultant across major financial services organisations. Ellie is a member of the Leeds University Business School Divisional Advisory Board and a Non-Executive Director of YAMCO Ltd, part of Yorkshire Air Museum.

Ellie is a member of the Governance and People Committee and the Group Business Assurance Committee.

Russell Galley

Russell Galley

Russell is the Managing Director at Halifax Bank he leads a team of 12,500 people serving over 16 million customers. He has extensive experience of creating major customer experience improvements through digital innovation and in leading highly engaged teams in a complex regulatory environment. He also leads on broader Distribution Strategy for Lloyds Banking Group.

Russell is Chair of the Group Business Assurance Committee.

Ian Costigan

Ian Costigan

Ian is currently the Group Asset Management Director at Manchester Airports Group (MAG). Previously he was the Transformation Director for a significant investment programme at Manchester Airport. Prior to this he spent 16 years with United Utilities, with substantial leadership experience in assets management and IT transformation programmes.

Ian is a member of the Homes and Places Committee and the Growth and Investment Committee.