Final Johnnie Johnson Housing Board reshuffle sees new members appointed and a new Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board

First Published: 10/08/2020

Johnnie Johnson Housing has appointed a new Chair, after Frances Street steps down after seven years with the not-for-profit organisation. John Sandford, previously Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, has taken over as Chair of the Board, and Sue Lock steps up to the role of Vice-Chair following Tom Miskell stepping down from the Vice-Chair post, but remains on the Board to support the Board Succession Plan.

Johnnie Johnson Housing also welcomes new Board and Committee members. The new appointees include Tabitha Arulampalam, Abdul Ravat, Peter Nourse, Alistair How and Rob Seldon.

Frances, who joined the Board back in 2013, has worked closely with both residents and colleagues and her knowledge and expertise has helped the organisation continue to provide social housing for thousands of people each year.

‘They say time flies when you’re having fun and the past seven years have gone by in a flash. Johnnie Johnson Housing has come such a long way in the time that I have been Chair of the Board and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we have achieved within that time.’

New Chair of the Board, John Sandford, has worked alongside Frances for many years. John has worked closely with a wide range of clients, as a director and executive, for various organisations. He worked for KPMG for over thirty-three years, and has since worked with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and The Chorley Building Society. John is also a Trustee and Chair of Mayes Charity who look after over 40 Almshouses, supporting residents in their later years.

Sue Lock, new Vice-Chair of the Board, has held senior executive and non-executive positions for a number of registered providers and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Housing. She has been Chair of the North West branch, and a nationally elected council member on the CIH National Council for many years.

CEO Yvonne Castle is delighted to welcome all new members to Johnnie Johnson Housing as they work towards their 2025 vision. She said:

‘Thank you to each and every one of our Board members, both those departing and those just at the beginning of their journey with Johnnie Johnson Housing. The work undertaken by our Board drives our ongoing success. We now look ahead to 2025, to the work on the delivery of our vision for the future; a vision that has been developed by the Board with our partners, residents and colleagues.’

The changes to the Board at Johnnie Johnson Housing have come at a crucial time where the organisation has developed their services during the coronavirus pandemic. The new Board has extensive experience to support Johnnie Johnson Housing, and its in-house Telecare Monitoring Centre, Astraline, to prepare for the future.

You can find out more about each of our Board members here.