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Meet the board

The Yorkshire Housing board works with 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

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Governance

Find out more about how we are governed.

Will Lifford

Will Lifford

Chair of the Board

Will is a chartered accountant and a former UK head of audit with accountants Grant Thornton. Since retiring, he has held a number of non-executive roles in the public, charity and not-for-profit sectors. He is a former trustee and Chair of Martin House Children’s Hospice and is currently a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the Charity Commission.

Will is a member of the Governance & People Committee.

Sue Hall

Sue Hall

Vice Chair

Sue has more than 30 years’ leadership experience in IT transformation, risk management and consultancy. She was formerly director of information systems and strategy with leading global law firm, Linklaters, and is the lead non-executive director and board chair at the Valuation Office Agency.

Sue is chair of the Governance & People Committee.

Linda Christon

Linda Christon

Linda has 30 years’ experience working in housing, health and social care. Formerly a regional director of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

Linda is chair of the Homes & Places Committee. 

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

Richard is a chartered surveyor with over 25 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 practice.

Richard is the chair of the Growth & Investment Committee.

Alison Hadden

Alison Hadden

Alison began her housing career 30 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 member of the Group Business Assurance Committee and Homes & Places Committee.

Philip Severs

Philip Severs

Philip is a chartered accountant. He has substantial public and private sector experience and has held a number of non-executive roles throughout his career. He was formerly finance director of Sheffield Hallam University and a non-executive member of Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust. He is currently Chairman of Harrogate Healthcare Facilities Management LTD, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harrogate & District Foundation Trust.

Philip is chair of the Group Business Assurance Committee.

Isabel Hunt

Isabel Hunt

Isabel has nearly 20 years’ experience 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 Growth & Investment Committee and Homes & 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 a member of Governance & People Committee and Group Business Assurance Committee.

Matt Blake

Matt 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 is Director of Treasury for Together Financial Services Limited, a privately owned specialist mortgage lender.

Matt is a member of the subsidiary Boards YH Residential Ltd and YH Finance Plc

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 member of Growth & Investment Committee.