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 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 Board in March 2015. In his spare time, Gavin spends time with his family, skiing and watching motorsport.
Steven Brook – Treasurer
Steve is a qualified accountant with wide-ranging experience in both large and small enterprises covering both private, public and charity sectors within the housing. Steve is Chief Executive at Harrogate Housing Association and joined the HNHA Board in July 2007.
David is a qualified joiner and is one of our longest serving trustees, having joined the Board in 1990. David supports the management team on all building issues and now he is retired drives the Harrogate Neighbours minibus on a voluntary basis.
Andrew is a Director at Avery & Walters solicitors and has been on the Board since November 2015. Andrew is actively involved in supporting local charities and 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. He joined the 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.
Marion is a retired personal secretary and is married with one daughter. Marion chaired the HNHA Greenfield Court Tenant Support Group and more recently runs the tenant surgeries that meet once a month. Marian volunteers every fortnight at the Scheme as well as delivering library books to the Scheme with North Yorkshire County Council. Marion has been on the Board since July 2007.
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 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 Board in September 2017. Having left a 17 year long career in Investment Management and Stockbroking in 2016, she 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, she loves to cook and try out extreme sports.
If you would like to know more about Harrogate Neighbours or are interested in becoming part of our team then get in touch. We are always on the lookout for exceptional people to join us as we continue to grow.