Horton Housing’s Management Board meets every eight weeks and is responsible for setting the overall direction of the organisation and monitoring its performance.
This Board is also the Board for Horton Housing Support Limited and Bradford Base Social Enterprise Company Limited. [see our Organisation Structure]
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 for the organisation. Senior Management are responsible for implementing those decisions.
The Chair of the Board is Huw Jones.
Current Board Members:
Bob has 19 years’ experience of working in social housing in a variety of roles.
He is currently concentrating on income management and the implications of the welfare reform changes that will affect many clients over the years to come.
Steve Fox is a director of a communications company. He works with local authorities, housing associations and companies such as National Grid on their public relations and stakeholder engagement programmes. Steve’s background is in housing, having worked for Calderdale Council in a variety of roles. He is a professionally qualified in housing, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds a Master’s degree in Management.
Ernie Gilbert-Gray (Board Secretary)
Ernie has been Secretary of the Board of Horton Housing since 2006. He was also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee from 2009 to 2018 and is currently Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee.
Ernie has considerable experience of working in complex political situations and of collaborative/partnership working. Ernie is very keen on coaching and mentoring working with younger people to encourage them to become the leaders of the future and in 2017 won a coaching and mentoring award with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Ernie became visually impaired in 1996 and is an avid supporter of equality and diversity matters. In the mid nineties he studied gender dysphoria issues as part of an NVQ5 in Management and subsequently appeared on raidio and television discussing his thesis.
Ernie is a housing and regeneration professional with 45 years’ executive and senior management experience at strategic and operational levels in seven London authorities, Leeds City Council and also with the Cooperative Development Society Ernie established Ernie Gray Consulting Ltd in 2013 and offers the skills and experience to provide leadership in developing and delivering creative solutions and quality results within timescale and budget.
Currently Ernie is working with the London Borough of Camden helping them to a procurement strategy to provide construction and consultancy related services for residential and non residential assets worth 540m to deliver there capital programme.
Huw Jones (Chair)
Huw was born in 1958 in Wimbledon, London. On leaving school he had a number of jobs before going to Leeds University in 1982. Following graduation in 1985, he worked as a research assistant at the University on research into single homelessness before becoming a Housing Research Officer at Kirklees Council in 1987.
Huw moved to Leeds City Council in 1990 where, for 15 years, he was responsible for housing strategy, policy analysis, research and housing market assessment at a number of managerial levels. Huw then moved to Renew, a charity dedicated to supporting the regeneration of neighbourhoods where he managed the Leeds Housing Partnership, provided information, advice and consultancy to housing providers and completed a range of housing market assessment work. Huw became a self-employed independent researcher and consultant in 2012.
Huw is passionate about housing issues, services to vulnerable people and communities and is committed to securing real improvements in the quality of housing provision and neighbourhoods.
He has more than 20 years’ professional experience within the housing, facilities management and government sectors and has held several senior IT positions including overseeing the mobilisation of more than 40 housing repairs contracts the length and breadth of the country, worth over £450m.
Prior to joining the housing sector, Richard served in the British Army with the Royal Signals as a system engineer.
Richard is passionate about improving housing services, especially making systems and processes efficient and easy to use for front-line staff to support residents.
Ray Milne joined the Horton board in 2013 after several years as a trustee of Buttershaw-based Ripple Drug and Alcohol Services. Ray qualified as an actuary on his way to becoming Marketing Director for Scottish Life in Edinburgh before joining Bank of Scotland in 2000 to head up a new Investments division.
Following the BoS/Halifax merger, Ray moved to Yorkshire to become MD of Halifax Financial Services and, following the Lloyds acquisition of HBOS, he is currently Business Risk Director for all Retail Products across Halifax, Lloyds and Bank of Scotland. He is a past Vice President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and was a member of the Council of the Faculty of Actuaries for many years. A workaholic with a capacity for detail, Ray somehow manages to spend time with his wife and four children in Huddersfield by not playing much golf (for which he lacks talent), though he still plays a mean game of snooker.
David has been associated with Horton Housing Association since July 2004. For much of this time, he has chaired the Audit Committee of the Board of Management.
David retired from KPMG in 2004 after 18 years working as a senior manager. His specialism was corporation tax and his role was to provide advice to large companies including banks and building societies.
Prior to that, he worked for 15 years with the Inland Revenue where he managed several tax districts employing up to 100 people.
He continues to be actively involved with several sports clubs, participating as well as managing their financial affairs.
He is married with two children and four grandchildren.
Wayne Noteman became a Board Member in September 2009. 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.
Sally has been with Horton Housing since March 2009 as a board member and audit committee member.
She was a local parish councillor for Oakworth in Keighley Town Council, through which she became aware of one of our former services for teenage parents, MAPPS.
Sally has been a nurse, a manager and on various charity committees relating mainly to children, the elderly and vulnerable people for over 30 years. She is involved with local committees and a couple of organisations relating to Asylum Seekers and ‘A Place of Sanctuary’, working with various churches and the Salvation Army in Keighley.
Now retired, she is active in her local community, hoping that the decisions made now have a positive impact on the future.
Sadly, she lost her younger daughter, who died when a drunk driver ran into their car. Sally’s daughter was an organ donor, so Sally actively promotes this cause and works with Brake in campaigning to change the legal issues around such incidents.
Darren Wiggins spent 24 years working for Lloyds Banking Group but left the company in 2017 to focus on his growing property portfolio. He held several senior management positions and his banking career covered procurement, marketing, product management and relationship management.
He’s now a property developer and residential landlord with over 20 years’ experience. Darren owns and manages multiple properties in the Calderdale area and he’s an active member of the Calderdale Landlord’s Association. He’s passionate at providing good quality social housing and providing great support for his tenants.
In addition, he’s the chairman of his local grassroots football club and a season ticket holder for Huddersfield Town Football Club.