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KHT Board


KHT is governed by a Board of Non-Executive Directors. Members are recruited and appointed on the basis of their skills, knowledge and experience ensuring that what they bring to KHT is relevant to the aims of the trust.


Helen White (Chair)

Helen has a wealth of experience across both the public and private sectors including nine years’ experience in the housing sector. In 2003 she was named The Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru “Young Housing Professional of the Year” for her innovative and inclusive approach to working with tenants. Originally from Wales and now based in Chester, she started her career with Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd Housing Association and went on to work for North Wales Police Authority and Chester City Council as Housing Strategy Manager. Helen is also chairman of North Wales Housing Association.


Ian Foy

Ian is an experienced financial services executive with over 25 years’ leadership experience.  He has worked extensively across the UK and also internationally.  His most recent role was as Managing Director of Age UK’s Community Interest Company.  Past roles have included Managing Director for home, motor & specialist lines for Aviva UK; Chief Executive Officer of Equity Insurance Group, a leading UK motor insurer and broker, Chief Executive Officer of IAG NZ (New Zealand’s largest general insurer) and member nominated director of a major pension scheme. As well as being a KHT Board Member, Ian is Chair of First Ark Social Investment Limited and member of the First Ark Audit and Risk Committee. Other current non-executive roles include being a board member of Broadacres Housing Association, board member of Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education Limited and Chair of Governors at a local primary school.

Ian graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Psychology, obtained his MBA from Brunel University and is a Chartered Director. Special interests include how risk is managed culturally within organisations, understanding how both individuals and organisations can learn and adapt to new situations and the use of coaching/mentoring to drive fresh insights and change behaviour.


Sue Giles

Sue is a highly experienced Company Secretary and governance professional and is professionally registered with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, 14 of which has been as a senior manager specialising in risk management, information governance, quality governance and corporate governance across commissioner and provider organisations. In 2014 Sue was recognised in the national ICSA Excellence in Governance Awards. Sue has a particular interest in the development of regulatory standards, shaping organisational culture and stakeholder engagement.

Currently an Associate Consultant for a management consultancy company which helps healthcare organisations with programme management, service improvement, governance and risk management.

Sue is a former resident of Knowsley and currently resides in Burscough with her husband and three children.


Nick Gerrard

Nick is a specialist in planning, economic development and urban regeneration with extensive experience in senior positions in high profile public/private organisations in the North West including North West Development Agency, Manchester’s New Economy, Merseyside TEC, Trafford Park Development Corporation and Trafford and Bolton Councils.  He is currently Programme Director and Chief Planning Officer for Blackpool Council responsible for inward investment and regeneration and a Non-Executive Director with Magenta Living. Nick also Chairs a School Governing Body and a Youth Project and is a Charity Trustee.

He is passionate about putting the customer first in everything he does as the most effective way of achieving lasting outcomes.


Paul Deehan

Paul has been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years, having held a number of senior executive positions with large companies and smaller corporates.

Paul’s present role at Turley (one of the UK’s largest planning consultancies) he has Executive Board responsibility in the areas of commercial leadership, procurement, financial accounting, control & reporting, credit control, property and IT, digital media, business development & marketing, and graphic design.

Paul has sector knowledge and understanding of utilities, construction, property development & management and professional consultancy services.

He has functional experience in Finance, Commercial (legal, procurement and contract negotiation), HR (development and implementation of strategy) and IT.

Paul graduated from the University of Sheffield and trained with KPMG before a 13-year spell at United Utilities PLC and short stints at some smaller regional property developers

Paul is married with two children and lives in South Manchester.


Phil Summers

Phil is an owner of a property development company specialising in Passivhaus buildings that use very little energy for heating and cooling. Phil has over 25 years’ experience of development both within the public and private sectors. As a social entrepreneur he is very keen to see how housing associations can create great places to live that add value to the urban environment and where people are proud to call their home.


Lee Sugden

Lee joined Salix Homes in 2014 to lead the organisation following the transfer of homes from Salford City Council, shaping the business to ensure it plays a full role in the transformation of the City of Salford. A qualified accountant, Lee has worked in housing for over 25 years in a variety of senior roles developing new and innovative solutions to housing problems. He has played a Non-Executive role for a variety of other Organisations including Housing Providers, Local Authorities and a Further Education college.


Dave Procter

Dave has worked in social housing for 50 years, firstly for Councils and then with Calderdale stock transfer organisation at Pennine Housing 2000.

Since 2005 he has worked as an independent consultant and now specialises on strategic leadership, organisational change, governance and executive mentoring. He has wide experience of non-executive roles, including chairing the board at North Lincolnshire Homes (now Ongo HA), chairing the Recovery Panel at Cosmopolitan, Group, Chair at Bradford based Incommunities, and currently as Chair of the Together Group and as a board member at Impact Housing.

He lives in Keighley, West Yorkshire and is a supporter of his local Rugby League team. A family man with three children and seven grandchildren he recognises the vital importance of a safe, secure and affordable home to a happy and successful life.


Craig Garner

Craig has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years in a variety of senior roles from the largest housing associations to smaller stock transfer organisations. As a qualified Accountant and Chartered Manager, Craig’s recent Executive roles at New Charter Group and currently Community Gateway Association include responsibility for all financial, treasury, procurement and tax management affairs alongside governance, IT and performance.

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