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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 Atkin, Chief Executive 

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 Owston, Executive Director Customer Experience

Cath joined Yorkshire Housing in 2018. Her thirty years in housing include working as a Customer Services Director at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and New Charter Housing Trust Group. She was also previously transformation manager at Trafford Housing Trust. Cath is a board member at Bolton at Home and chairs their Development Committee.

Andy Gamble, Director

Andy Gamble, Executive Director Growth and Assets

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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Andy Oldale, Executive Director Finance and Governance 

Andy is a finance professional with a wealth of experience in both housing and commercial sectors. Before moving to Yorkshire Housing, Andy was Corporate Services Director and Deputy CEO at Equity Housing Group where he steered Equity towards a merger with Great Places Housing Group in early 2020. 

Before moving into the social housing sector, Andy had a variety of senior financial roles at The Co-operative Group in internal audit, Food and Funerals before moving into social housing in 2017.  He was previously Treasurer of the Co-operative Family Credit Union for 18 years and has been an independent member of the Joseph Rowntree Audit & Risk Committee since early 2020. 

Andy is committed to robust financial and risk management, recognising the importance of good governance in successful organisations.  He’s committed to enabling the organisation to provide the best possible service to its customers.