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Our Board

The Board consists of 12 Board Directors, each of whom is a director of Futures Housing Group Ltd and three of its subsidiary companies Futures Homescape Ltd, Futures Homeway Ltd, and Five Doorways Homes Ltd.

Tony Taylor Group Board Chair

Tony was the Chief Executive of West Midlands-based Waterloo Housing Association for 32 years until his retirement in January 2009.

Starting in 1976 as the association’s first employee with little more than 30 homes and a £5,000 overdraft, he led Waterloo to become an Approved Development Partner with excellent performance indicators across a housing stock of 5,500 homes.

In October 2008 Waterloo created a partnership with Eastern Shires Housing Association to form Waterloo Housing Group, extending to 16,500 homes.

Tony has successfully served as a Housing Corporation Statutory Appointee. He was a Visiting Fellow from 2005 to 2008 at the University of Central England where he is still invited as a guest lecturer on housing finance.

Sheila Hyde Group Vice-Chair

Sheila is an experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director. She is currently Lay Vice Chair of Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group and is also a Board Member of Habinteg Housing Association. She has worked in housing since 1990 and has a masters degree in Housing. Sheila was the Managing Director of Spirita (now Metropolitan) Housing Association and Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Homes.  She also has employment experience in the not for profit, local authority and voluntary sectors. She has lived in West Bridgford near Nottingham for 25 years and is married with two grown up children. Sheila has an allotment, loves walking and is attempting to learn French.

Steve Hale Board Director and Chair of the Asset Investment Committee and Board of Limehouse Developments

Appointed to the Board in July 2015, Steve has over 30 years experience in the social housing sector and construction industry in the both the public and private sector. He has held senior positions in which he has overseen significant programmes related to capital investment, regeneration and repairs and maintenance. He is also a board member of Limehouse Developments Ltd, the Group’s property development company, and Chair of the Nottingham branch of Sands, a national charity.

Mike Stevenson Board Director and Chair of the Group Audit & Risk Committee

Mike has more than 30 years commercial banking experience. Over the last 13 years Mike has specialised in social housing, education, local government and charity sectors. He has also worked as a senior member of the Lloyds Bank Credit Risk Management team.

David Leathley Board Director and Chair of Futures Insight Committee

David trained as an accountant and has spent his working life in financial management of commercial enterprises; he is now semi-retired. David was appointed to the Board in March 2010 and leads on communications, working with customer groups and staff to improve our communication with customers.

Sophie Fitzhugh Limehouse Board Director

Sophie has worked in social housing for over 20 years, in housing management and more recently, regeneration. She was part of the senior management team at LHA-ASRA Group and was also on the Board of the Daventry and South Northants Primary Care Trust between 2000 and 2006. She currently works for Orbit Housing as Area Community Manager and is a member of the board for Limehouse Developments Ltd, the Group’s property development company and the Asset Investment Committee.

Ray Harding Board Director

Ray is a chartered accountant with extensive managerial experience in diverse sectors and many countries. He believes that housing is the most important area of public policy and hopes to contribute by giving an independent view to the Group’s governance.

Charlotte Smith Limehouse Board Director

Charlotte is Business Development Manager for national housebuilder, Hill. She spent 20 years working in the public sector with housing associations and has delivered large scale housing developments throughout the country.

Phil Tooley Board Director and Chair of Futures Greenscape

A General and Commercial Manager with well over 30 years’ senior experience with blue chip companies. Phil has also worked in the not-for-profit sector including education. He has also worked in football, journalism, both written and spoken, and the third sector.

Phil’s full-time job is as a Research & Development tax consultant and he is also a part-time freelance journalist with the likes of the BBC and Johnston Press with many years of experience in written and radio journalism, both disciplines primarily involving sports reporting and commentating. Phil is a former school governor and an ex-Director of Chesterfield Football Club.

David Brooks

David has a commercial background predominantly in the food industry where he spent 20 years in senior executive roles, and has undertaken a range of non executive activity since 2008.

He is currently on the Boards of the Food Standards Agency, the Publica Group, a large computer hardware business and two small scale food businesses. He is a sector advisor to Grant Thornton and has significant experience of working with various Boards in various sectors, and with varying governance arrangements. His interests lie in delivering strong growth and change programmes using his general business and financial management experience.

Tim Slater

Tim has a background in senior IT leadership roles, particularly in Programme Management and IT strategy. He also spent a year lecturing at the University of Derby’s Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Computing Society, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Tim lives locally in the Belper area and is keen to contribute his experience and knowledge from outside the Social Housing sector to FHG.

Mary Daunt

Appointed to the Board in May 2018, Mary is an experienced executive and non-executive director following 25 years in partnership as a real estate lawyer heading teams at law firms including Eversheds and Andersen Legal before becoming a consultant at Squire Patton Boggs.

Mary is a non-executive director and trustee of both Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and The Complete Works Limited, an independent school incorporated as a charity and based in East London that enables young people in difficult circumstances to engage in education.

Previous roles have included non -executive director and vice-chair of Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and chief executive of Birmingham Forward.

Lindsey Williams

Lindsey joined the Board in July 2013 and was the first Chief Executive of Amber Valley Housing (latterly Futures Homescape). Before that, she worked as a Director of Housing and Operations.

Lindsey is former Chair of the East Midlands Regional Executive of the National Housing Federation, having joined the Board of the Federation in 2007. Having sat on various boards throughout her career, she speaks of her passion for social housing, saying that one of the most important things you can do for anyone is to provide them a home.

She is an active member of PlaceShapers, a nationwide lobbying group of community-based housing organisations, and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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