Meet the board
Chair of the Board
Stephen is founder of the consultancy practice Change Development Solutions based on his significant experience in leading teams through times of major change. Previously, Chief Executive then Managing Director of Space New Living (part of the Great Places Housing Group), a registered social landlord based in Salford, Stephen has valuable experience of running a not-for-profit housing organisation. The many skills he brings to the Board include strategic management, operational development and change management. Stephen is also a Governor of the University of Central Lancashire, lives in Salford and welcomes the opportunity to support his local community.
Jim has been involved with the City West Housing Trust Board for many years. He is a Councillor representing the people of Swinton and serves on the Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee and as Vice Chair of the Planning Panel.
He has also served on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Fire Authority and the Corporate Parenting Panel, and is the City of Salford Councillors’ Cycling Champion and a LEA and Local Community Governor at Saint Peter’s C of E Primary School and Swinton High School.
He is now retired after more than 40 years working for a large telecommunication company in a professional capacity, where duties included budgetary management and technical processes, providing high level technical support of the engineering power back up systems and Building Engineering services. Whilst working, Jim studied to obtain the academic qualification as a Bachelor of Science degree in Control Engineering.
Jim is looking forward to working with all partners in the ForViva group. Outside of work, Jim’s interests include fell walking and local history including the industrial heritage of Salford and the wider North of England.
Debra has been a City West tenant since March 2013, and became an involved customer soon after. She was a Member of the Customer Scrutiny Inspectorate and of the Little Hulton and Walken Local Area Panel, where she became Vice Chair, prior to moving to Pendlebury.
Debra’s working life has been based around customer service, which has allowed her to develop her people skills and, in turn, led her into other managerial roles.
She is now a Member of the Equality and Diversity Service Excellence Group, and became a Board Member of City West Housing Trust in May 2016.
Dr Roz Fox
Roz joined the City West Housing Trust Board member as a Leaseholder in 2011, and is Deputy Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee and a ForViva Board member. She chairs a National Housing Federation Board Members Steering Group that aims to positively contribute to the social housing sector by improving the standard of governance in housing associations in the North West. Roz is a Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where she teaches on the undergraduate Public Service degree and Masters programme in Public Administration. She is also Placement Coordinator and liaises with public, and voluntary and community sector organisations to create placement opportunities for first, second and sandwich year students. Roz is also the academic lead of the university wide Social Housing Innovation, Research and Enterprise (SHIRE) network that provides research, consultancy and support to housing associations and their customers across the North West and Cheshire. For her PhD dissertation, ‘Transformative Community Engagement for Sustainable Regeneration’, Roz was based with Bolton at Home RSL and used an action research approach to work with practitioners, senior managers and residents to develop local services and enhance engagement practice and policy.
Robin has over forty years' professional experience in the residential property sector. When he was made redundant at the age of 61, he made the decision to increase his public and charitable activities devoting his time to City West Housing Trust, serving as a Councillor on Salford City Council and on other bodies such as Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). As a local resident of the City of Salford for over forty years, Robin has always been a committed active member of the local community. Over the years he has been directly responsible for the founding of three local residents associations in three adjoining areas, two of which he has chaired. Robin regards the wishes of the community as paramount and strongly believes that consultation is the only way to achieve improvements needed by the local community. On this basis whether it be the local council and its various agencies or a housing provider, he believes the community and customers must always come first. In addition to being a board member for City West Housing Trust, Robin is also Chair of construction firm ForWorks, another ForViva group member.
Claire has worked in the housing sector since 2003 becoming Director of Resources at Warrington Housing Association in 2006, and has been Director of Finance & IT at St Vincent’s Housing Association in Manchester since 2011. Prior to her career in housing, Claire has worked in both the public and private sector. Claire has a keen interest in the provision of local services meeting local needs and is keen to ensure that her involvement with City West helps to contribute to very positive outcomes for City West customers both now and in the future.
Helen joined the Board of City West Housing Trust in November 2014. She is a qualified accountant and is currently the Managing Director of Corporate Services at Trafford Housing Trust. As well as financial expertise, the skills Helen brings to the Board include strategic management, change leadership and sector expertise. Helen has worked with the social housing sector for over eight years, and is passionate about delivering service excellence and positive social change. Helen currently lives in Rossendale, but previously resided in Salford for 10 years. Outside of work, Helen enjoys a busy family life, including six children. She is also a keen supporter of wildlife and conservation issues.
David lived in the same house in Walnut Road for over 50 years, before moving to Sheltered Accommodation in Enfield House in February 2013. David and his late wife had brought up three sons in the house and now have 3 granddaughters. In 2007, David was involved in the formation of the Alder Park TARA and was Chair until he moved from the area. From this, he was introduced to the City West TAC Group and was involved in a number of policy steering groups. Since the inception of City West, David has been serving on several Excellence Groups, the Eccles LAP, Dragon’s Den, and until his appointment to the Board on 1 November 2011, chaired the CSI. Following his appointment to the Board, he has joined the Audit and Risk and Development Committees. David’s interests outside City West have been Crown Green Bowls, ballroom dancing, and his local church, Patricroft Methodist Church, where he is a Worship Leader
Kate was elected to be a Councillor representing Little Hulton in May 2015, and understands that City West plays an important role in the quality of living for many residents in the area.
Prior to this, Kate worked as a secondary school teacher for 23 years and continues to work in the education sector as a governor at two schools. She trains other governors, occasionally teaches, and is an organiser for the Unite in Schools programme which teaches young people about how they can be more active in decision making within their communities.
She is a partner in Little Hulton's Big Local and is involved in decision making about how best to use a million pounds of National Lottery Funding. Other roles as a Councillor include being the Vice Chair of the Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee and she was recently elected to the board of North West Employers.
Carol is a resident of Walkden, and she worked in hospitality and then retail for many years, during which time she became a Health and Safety Officer. She is now retired and is involved in voluntary work for City West Housing Trust on both local and area wide levels. She has been a Member of the City West Housing Trust Board since 2013. Carol is the Chair of the Little Hulton and Walkden Local Area Panel, which has excellent links with the area office, and which monitors the services that the area offices provides. The Panel also links with other local groups to help benefit the local community. Carol also belongs to the customer inspector group that monitors empty properties, inspects the caretaking and cleaning of high rise and low rise buildings, and mystery shops certain City West services.
Terry joined the City West Housing Trust Board in September 2015, and believes that tenants of social housing bodies need appropriate representation from fellow tenants. Terry has always been involved in causes that he believes in, and has played an important part in the organisation, along with many other equally involved tenants.
Terry believes that City West has the interest of its tenants at the core of its business structure, and he remains passionate about helping his fellow tenants, wanting to help in any way he can to ensure that tenants receive the best service possible from all aspects of the organisation.