NFA Board

  • Hugh Broadbent

    NFA Board Chair

    Six Town Housing

    Independent Chair

    Hugh was appointed as independent chair of Six Town Housing in late 2010. Hugh was previously CEO of First Choice Homes Oldham from its inception in 2002.

    Hugh says: “The ALMO movement has emphatically brought tenants centrestage, as evidenced by the success of the NFA in connecting tenants to MPs and government. ALMOs can be the embodiment of the Big ‘Society’. They are significant social enterprises that have shown themselves to be very enterprising, and with a strong NFA can demonstrate their ‘localism’ credentials.”

    Hugh became NFA Board chair in July 2015.

  • Melvyn Lunn

    NFA Board Vice-Chair

    Berneslai Homes

    Chair of the Board

    Melvyn became Chair of Berneslai Homes in January 2014 having been a Board member and Audit Committee Chair since January 2008. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience in both the public and private sector. Melvyn spent 17 years as a Finance Director in clothing manufacture and retailing and recently retired from his own accountancy practice.

    He is Chair of the Joint Independent Audit Committee of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, Director/Trustee of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society , Trustee of South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Chair of Priory Campus and Director/Trustee of Barnsley Community Build. He has been Treasurer of Silverwood Scout Camp for over 30 years and was formerly a co-opted member of Barnsley MBC Audit Committee and Audit Committee Chair of NHS Barnsley and NHS South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.

    Melvyn gained a distinction in the Chartered Institute of Housing National Certificate in Tenant Participation and Neighbourhood Renewal.

  • Sue Roberts MBE

    Board Director NFA

    Wolverhampton Homes

    Wolverhampton Homes Tenant Chair

    Sue has been a Wolverhampton Council tenant since 1976 and is a passionate tenant activist in the city. Prior to becoming a tenant board member, she was a member of the Tenants’ Federation and Secretary of her local tenant and resident association.

    She has been a powerful champion of the Wolverhampton ALMO since the idea was initially considered in 2003/04, and served on the shadow board for two years. Sue says: “I decided that instead of going on about housing issues, I would get involved in the ALMO movement, as I believed, and still do, that it was the only way the organisation would make Wolverhampton’s council homes decent.”

    She was elected to the Board in October 2005 when Wolverhampton Homes went live and became Chair in 2008.

    Awarded an MBE for Services to Social Housing in the 2011 New Year Honours, Sue says: ”Now that, as a sector, we are delivering decent homes, my vision is to see more tenants getting involved with our services because that is what transforms services for the better."

  • Peter Walters

    Board Director NFA

    Sutton Housing Partnership

    Chair of the Board

    Biography coming soon

  • Lynn Clayton

    Board Director NFA

    Newark and Sherwood Homes

    Chair of the Board

    Lynn was appointed Chair of Newark and Sherwood Homes in July 2014 having served on its board since 2006. During this period Lynn has been working with the Arms Length Management Organisation as an Independent Board Member and has also been Chair of its Audit and Finance committees.

    Lynn is Managing Director of Gedling Homes, which is part of the New Charter Group. Lynn has over 25 years’ experience in the social housing sector for both Local Authority and Housing Association. Her experience covers Housing Strategy, Business Planning, Housing Finance, Homelessness, Supported Housing/Housing Related Support, Neighbourhoods, Customer Service and Tenant/Resident Led Self-Regulation/Scrutiny.

    Lynn has a real passion, drive and great enthusiasm for housing which has led to her many successes in her professional career, the experience of which she brings to the board of Newark and Sherwood Homes and the ALMO sector.

  • Richard Hudson

    Board Director NFA

    Poole Housing Partnership

    Chair of the Board

    Richard is a Chartered Accountant who has held senior positions in the accountancy profession and financial services industry, both in the UK and internationally.

    Prior to his retirement from full-time employment in 2011, Richard worked for the Audit Commission for ten years, carrying out a wide range of financial reviews and corporate and service inspections in local government, the NHS and the social housing sector.

    Richard joined Poole Housing partnership Board in 2013, and is determined to contribute to Poole Housing Partnership’s continuing development and success and its role in the Poole community.

    Richard was elected Chair of Poole Housing Partnership Board in November 2014 and is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

  • Tony Churton

    Board Director NFA

    South Essex Homes

    Chair of the Board

    Tony is currently Chair of South Essex Homes (ALMO of Southend Borough Council housing stock), previously Vice Chair and chairing Performance Committee and member of Investment and New Business Committee having been an independent board member there for seven years. Tony has worked in social housing for 25 years and is currently working as an interim manager and consultant for his own business.

    Specialising in property services (asset management, repairs and maintenance , and new build), Tony has worked in a number of areas including Bristol and the surrounding area; London; East Anglia and the west midlands. As a senior manager or director Tony has managed multiple tenure stock and care units in inner city, suburban and rural areas.

    Tony has achieved a MSC in Strategic Management and Housing.

  • Neil Turner

    Board Director NFA

    Wigan & Leigh Housing

    Chair of Board

    Neil was brought up on a Council estate in his home town of Carlisle.

    He became a Councillor on the newly formed Wigan MBC in 1975, having done 2 years prior as a Councillor on Wigan CBC. He was a member of the Housing Committee for all the period he was a Councillor, representing the Norley Ward, which consisted of 2 large Council estates, as well as older private housing, typically 2 up and 2 down.

    He was first Vice-chair, then Chair of the Council’s Highways and Works Committee, which had the Council’s large building DLO as part of its remit. He also worked as a Quantity Surveyor for a large NW Construction company during this time.

    As Chair of the Council’s newly formed Best Value Committee, he was in charge of reviewing the way the Council responded to the then Government’s competition legislation. He was the Council’s representative on first, the AMA’s Best Value Committee, and then on its successor, the LGA, when the separate Local Government Associations merged, becoming Chair during the last years of the Major administration.

    Following the death of Wigan’s MP, he entered Parliament in Sept. 1999. He became the Parliamentary spokesperson for SIGOMA, and then PPS to the Housing Minister, John Healey MP, at the time discussions on the financing of Council Housing were being undertaken, a reform completed by the current Government.

    On retiring from Parliament in 2010, he took over as Chair of Wigan and Leigh Homes, the ALMO managing Wigan’s stock of some 22,500 homes. He is also the Vice Chair of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Ainsley Forbes MBE

    Board Director NFA

    Lewisham Homes

    Resident Chair

    A property developer/builder for the last 20 years, prior to this was a Social work manager before being promoted to Assistant Director of Social Services with a London local authority.

    Ainsley retired from L&Q having been a group Board member since 1990 and Chair of Tower Homes.

    Ainsley was awarded an MBE for services to social housing in London in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. Ainsley joined Lewisham Homes as an independent board member in 2012 and was appointed Chair of the board in January 2016.