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Chartford Housing Limited is a subsidiary of Horton Housing Group and has its own Board – please see below. It is a ‘Registered Provider’ with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and a registered charity.

As a Registered Provider, Chartford Housing can access funding that is not available to Horton Housing Association, such as grants from the HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme.

In its first year of operation, Chartford Housing secured £700,000 from the HCA to create 25 self-contained flats in Shipley and develop a further 10 homes in Halifax. In addition to creating these new homes, Chartford Housing also acts as landlord to over 300 properties across West and North Yorkshire.

Clients living in Chartford Housing properties can still access the same support from Horton Housing’s services, including courses at the Training Centre and Tenancy Ready Training.

Chartford Housing was officially registered with the HCA on 1 October 2015, registration number 4821.

Chartford Housing Limited is Registered in England with company registration number 8662400 and is also a registered charity number 1162562. Its registered office address is Chartford House, 54 Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 0BS.

Chartford Housing Board

Chartford Housing’s Management Board meets every eight weeks and is responsible for setting the overall direction and monitoring the performance of Chartford Housing Ltd.

The Board is made up of independent members who are not paid by the organisation but are interested in its work.

Members review performance measures for the organisation, set standards, monitor finances and make key strategic decisions. Senior Management is responsible for implementing those decisions.

Alan Goodrum

Alan Goodrum is based near Halifax and is Director of Alan Goodrum Regeneration, Planning and Strategy Ltd, which provides management, strategic planning and regeneration consultancy services to Local Government. He believes in the importance of social and supported housing in the successful future of Yorkshire.

He was Chief Executive of Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils (2012-2015), leading on the creation of a joint officer team and shared services and was a Board member of Bucks Advantage which delivers economic development projects across Buckinghamshire. Prior to that Alan was Chief Executive of Chiltern District Council and Chair of the District Councils’ Chief Executives Network (2009-11) which he was involved in establishing. He was also the lead officer on the Chiltern-Wycombe Waste Collection/Recycling Partnership and the Bucks Joint Waste Committee.

Previously, he was Director of Planning at Leeds Development Corporation, handling a range of infrastructure and regeneration projects and the creation of new communities, and Employment Development Officer with Kirklees Metropolitan Council. He has also held appointments with Peterborough New Town Development Corporation and Durham County Council, following a degree in Town and Country Planning at Manchester University.

Bob Clayton

Bob has over 20 years’ experience in social housing, both with a local authority and registered provider.

His current job role is Housing Manager at a registered provider, responsible for all housing matters including rents, lettings, ASB, gas safety checks, estate services, responsive repairs and out-of-hours emergency repairs.

He is part of the regional and corporate senior management teams. He also deals with the procurement of some services for the organisation; these are currently energy and energy performance certificates.

He has budgetary responsibility for staffing and repairs.

John Bell

John believes passionately in the power of decent, affordable, well-managed housing to transform the lives of individuals and communities. The case for such housing and the need for organisations such as Chartford have never been higher.

For over 40 years, John has performed several roles in the public, private and independent housing sectors, ranging from Housing Officer to Chief Executive.

He is currently a housing consultant and has his own property investment, management and development company.

Mark Dowson

Mark has over 15 years experience in social housing, both with a registered provider and local authority.

During this time he has gained a wide-ranging knowledge of the issues and challenges which both registered providers and local authorities face.

His current role is Housing Enabling Manager at Calderdale Council, responsible for working with developers, registered providers and community groups to deliver new affordable housing.

He has contributed to the development of the council’s housing strategy and local investment plan, supporting vulnerable people to ensure everyone has access to a decent and affordable home.

Mark is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and leads on a wide variety of housing projects, such as the development of the first affordable zero carbon homes in the district and is currently focusing on regeneration work to secure investment in housing, jobs and the environment.

Phil Charlton

Phil Charlton
Phil graduated from Leeds University in 1996 with a degree in Sociology. His first job after graduating was as a Research Assistant for Horton Housing Association. In 2004 he became a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and was on the board of Horton from 2009-2015.

Phil has over 20 years’ experience of working in social housing, primarily on regeneration and refurbishment projects for local authorities. Currently working as Investment Strategy Manager for Leeds City Council he is responsible for asset management, capital investment, regeneration, energy efficiency and land management.

Phil is a passionate advocate of social justice and of access to high quality housing and support services for all.

Phil lives in Leeds, is a West Ham fan and has two children.  He is also an avid reader and a keen angler

Sarah Benjamin

Sarah is a Senior Manager with extensive experience working in housing in the non-profit making sector and the Criminal Justice system. Sarah has strong housing management experience and currently manages prison advisors within a number of prisons in West Yorkshire. Sarah has a proven track record in managing teams on multiple sites and building good relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Sarah is Chair of a Refuge for Women fleeing Domestic Violence and Forced marriages and a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

She had worked closely with local tenants and resident associations and has experience in dealing with tenancy management issues including anti-social behaviour.

Sarah is familiar with ensuring work meets legal quality standards and has wide experience of working with complex case management, risk assessment and safeguarding issues.

Sarah has experience of ensuring effective service delivery and customer satisfaction within a social housing context. She has knowledge of contract management for new build and refurbished properties to ensure effective and timely delivery.

Wayne Noteman

Wayne was appointed Regeneration Director for Unity Housing Association in April 2010.
Before joining Unity he held a number of posts including Senior Projects Manager (Firebird JVC), Housing Projects Manager (Bradford Trident NDC) and was Housing Services, New Initiative Manager at Leeds City Council.

With over 20 years in housing regeneration, he has extensive knowledge of the sector and has served on a number of boards, including Bradford and Leeds YouthBuild Trusts and Bradford Community Housing Trust (now InCommunities).

Wayne is passionately committed to improving the choices on offer to local communities through the provision of good quality affordable housing and support

Yvonne Castle

Yvonne is Chief Executive of Johnnie Johnson Housing. She was previously Managing Director of YCChange.

She has over 20 years’ experience in customer focus, managing change, developing business strategy, driving service and people improvement and motivating teams to perform. Yvonne has worked for many years in the housing sector and in local authorities.

With a focus on commercial skills, she now also works in the private sector, both internationally and nationally. As a chartered accountant, her career first started in financial management, before moving into organisational change.

Whilst Yvonne is an expert in ‘hard’ business improvement methodologies, she is also a professional in ‘soft’ skills development, including coaching, mentoring, training and development.


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