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Meet the directors


Yorkshire Housing’s directors 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.

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 routes. He is regularly included in the top 25 most influential people in housing and is a keen advocate of innovation. He 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 17 years.

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

Cath Owston, Director

Cath Owston is interim director of customer services at Yorkshire Housing. Her remit includes responsibility for our neighbourhoods, independent living service and customer contact centre teams.

Cath joins 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. He has over 30 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector, working with public and private companies. He previously worked at Accent Group where he led on development and growth since 2005.

Andy began his career with British Waterways Board, as an assistant mining surveyor. He is a chartered surveyor and member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. 


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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.