Meet our Trustees
As a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status, we have a Board of Trustees who ensure we maintain strategic direction and financial sustainability. Our Trustees are focused on delivering excellent care and continually working to ensure we run efficiently and effectively.
Liz Jones – Chair
Liz joined the HNHA Board in March 2015 and became Chair in May 2016. She is also a volunteer for Food Angels. Liz is an experienced retired Chief Executive and has been successful in leading, driving and delivering transformation projects and improved outcomes in major service areas in the public sector.
Gavin McBride – Secretary
Gavin is a Director at Smith McBride Chartered Accountants & Tax Consultants with over 20 years’ experience. Gavin joined the HNHA Board in March 2015. In his spare time, Gavin spends time with his family, skiing and watching motorsport.
Andrew is the Managing Partner of Powell Eddison Freeman and Wilks Solicitors which was founded in Harrogate in 1790. He has been on the HNHA Board since November 2015. Andrew is also a Director of Avery Walters Solicitors in Leeds which he set up in 2013. Andrew has vast knowledge of the property sector and is the Chairman of the Leeds Property Association. Outside of work, Andrew is actively involved in supporting local charities. Andrew lives in Leeds and is married with two children.
Reverend Canon Michael Hunter
Michael was born in 1940 and educated at Roundhay School, Leeds before going on to study theology at King’s College, London, graduating with a BD in 1965. Michael spent the next forty-five years in full-time ministry in the Church of England. Michael joined the HNHA Board in October 2013 and served as Chairman from early 2014 until May 2016.
Iain has lived in Harrogate since 2005 and is a partner with Weightmans LLP, a national top 45 law firm. Iain has specialised in defendant insurance litigation for over 25 years and joined the Board of HNHA in March 2015. Away from work, Iain is married with 3 boys who attend St Aidan’s School. They occupy much of his spare time through sport (Iain coaches football for Pannal Ash and rugby at West Park Leeds), music or just transporting around.
Ann retired in early 2015 after a career in nursing spanning over 40 years including senior roles in the NHS, giving Ann experience in many areas of the organisation. Ann volunteers for Food Angels and joined the Board in November 2016.
Neil joined the HNHA Board in January 2017 and has over 30 years’ experience in various management and development positions in the NHS. Neil is currently a mentor for the Carers Trust “Advance” Programme.
Georgina joined the HNHA Board of Trustees in September 2017. Having left a 17 year long career in Investment Management and Stockbroking in 2016, Georgina completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma in March 2017 and is now concentrating her efforts on trustee and other non-executive roles where the financial and governance knowledge gained from these experiences can be applied. In her spare time, Georgina loves to cook and try out extreme sports.
Carl is a Chartered Accountant with extensive financial, business planning and managerial experience in both private and charitable organisations, including social housing, care homes and domiciliary care. Carl was a Trustee board member and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Action Housing and Support for several years until 2017. He recently retired as Business Planning Manager at a large Housing Association and is now committed to helping Harrogate Neighbours to continue to flourish.
Katie joined the HNHA board in December 2018. Katie is Housing Manager at Pickering and Ferens Homes, a housing association which specialises in social housing for older people in Hull and the East Riding. Katie is experienced in driving improvement, monitoring performance and project management whilst ensuring services are cost effective and efficient. Katie hopes that her wide-ranging knowledge of housing management will be an asset to HNHA.
Keith joined the HNHA board in September 2019. Keith is a Chartered Safety Professional (CMIOSH) and the Risk Management Director at PEMCO Safety Ltd, a Harrogate-based consultancy and advisory practice delivering safety risk management services to private, public and third sector clients, including several Housing Associations across the UK. Keith is also a qualified and experienced facilities manager, a property manager, a building services engineer and a safety trainer. Keith hopes that his wide-ranging knowledge of commercial property management and risk management will be an asset to HNHA.
Brian joined the HNHA board in September 2019. Brian is a Digital and IT Consultant with 25+ years working in all things Internet and IT. Having worked on a number of large complex Internet projects for central government (Cabinet Office, Deputy Prime Minister), Brian then joined the Superbreak executive board at the height of the digital boom taking them to a fully-fledged online travel agent. He then set up his own Digital Consultancy in 2009, based in Boston Spa, and has been involved in some innovative project working with organisations in Chicago, Kiev and Doncaster. Brian brings all his digital and IT experience to HNHA.
If you would like to know more about Harrogate Neighbours, or are interested in becoming part of our team, please get in touch. We are always on the lookout for exceptional people to join us as we continue to grow.