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Meet the Executive team


Yorkshire Housing’s Executive team work closely with the board and committees. Find out more about our governance structure or read our latest annual reports. 

Nick Atkin, CEO

Nick has a track record of leading organisations through transformational change, driving performance improvement, with a focus on maximising the untapped potential from businesses and people.

Born and brought up in Doncaster he joined Yorkshire Housing in 2019. Since this time, he’s delivered transformational change throughout the business to meet the future opportunities and challenges.

Nick has previously introduced a fully flexible/ remote working approach. He also led the move to 90% of customer led transactions to be delivered through online self-service channels. He is a keen advocate of innovation and uses digital as an enabler to drive fundamental change in how businesses operate. He is also a disruptor in the ‘future of work’ debate and has been paperless for 19 years.

He writes regularly for Inside Housing as one of their columnists and tweets on a regular basis (@nickatkin_yh).

Cath Owston, Director
Cath joined Yorkshire Housing from Rochdale Boroughwide Housing where she was executive director of customer and community. Her thirty years in housing include four years at New Charter Housing Trust Group as director of customer experience and five years at Trafford Trust where she was transformation manager. She is also a board member with Bolton at Home and Chair of Starts with you, a social enterprise in Bolton.
Andy Gamble, Director

Andy joined Yorkshire Housing in June 2017 with responsibility for the development of new homes and the sale of shared ownership and market sale homes. He has recently taken on strategic asset management which will ensure our homes meet the Yorkshire Housing standard. Andy will also lead on our climate change response by reducing our reliance on fossil fuel and tackling fuel inequality in our existing homes. Andy has a BSc in Building Surveying and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Andy has over 35 years’ experience in the affordable sector working for and with public and private sector organisations. He began his career as an assistant mining surveyor with British Waterways Board, now the Canal & Rivers Trust. Andy has been a Board member of an ALMO and also a governor of Leeds College of Building and is currently the Chair of Harrogate Housing Association a small community based housing provider.

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Holding a range of senior roles within different industries, Barry is an experienced CFO and established interim. For the past 10 years he has worked at an executive level at several housing associations including The Guinness Partnership, Southern Housing, Network Homes and most recently Sovereign.

Before joining the housing sector Barry had a distinguished career with Royal Mail in a variety of senior management roles.

Barry has also held a variety of non-executive roles in different industry sectors.