Meet the Board

The Board decides the systems and structures which ensure proper control and direction of Johnnie Johnson Housing. Whilst day-to-day this is the responsibility of the Chief Executive and Executive Directors, longer-term strategy and standards are the responsibility of Board members.

The Board consists of people who offer significant experience and expertise from a range of business sectors. The Board meet regularly to monitor performance, decide policy and provide strategic direction for our work. You can find out more about our Board Members and their responsibilities below.

What are the responsibilities of a Board Member?

How often do they meet?

How are Board Members elected?

John Sandford (Chair)


John lives in Stockport and was first elected to the Board in August 2013. John worked for KPMG for 33 years, the last 21 of which as an audit partner/director responsible for a wide range of clients. Since leaving KPMG in December 2010, he has become non-executive director at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, where he chairs the audit committee, is chair of the council of the central finance board of the Methodist Church and a partner in McKellans Outsourcing LLP.

John is also a non-executive director and chair at The Chorley Building Society and a trustee and chair of Mayes Charity, an Alms House Charity looking after 40-plus dwellings and supporting the residents in their later years.  In his spare time he is interested in accounting, golf, cricket (he is a Level-2 qualified coach) and going to church.

Sue Lock (Vice Chair)

Sue Lock Sue is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and feels passionately about the organisation. As Vice Chair she will work with the Chair and CEO to further strengthen culture and values and help deliver our ambitious corporate plan ensuring customers are at the heart of what we do.

Sue has held senior executive and non-executive positions for a number of registered providers. Her most recent role was CEO of Wulvern Housing, now merged with The Guinness Partnership, where she was Director of Strategy and Policy for Older People. Since leaving The Guinness Partnership at the end of April 2018 Sue became a housing consultant, specialising in governance, coaching and mentoring CEOs and executive directors.

She is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Housing and has been chair of the North West branch and a nationally elected council member on the CIH National Council.

Tabitha Arulampalam

TABITHA ARULAMPALAM Tabitha is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. She is an independent management consultant with experience of successfully supporting organisations in their transformation journeys. She works primarily with the NHS, social care and the independent sectors. Tabitha is also member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Before becoming a management consultant she held senior positions in regional and local NHS commissioning bodies where some of her work was undertaken in partnership with the social housing sector. She has been a chief executive of a local mental health organisation and currently runs her own business. Tabitha lives in West Yorkshire, and is keen on supporting the local community with various projects. She is a member of the Parochial Church Council and the Diocesan Synod of the Church of England. She enjoys travel, food and good company.

Brian Benneyworth

Brian Bennyworth Brian is Chair of Nomination and Remuneration Committee, a member of Audit and Risk Committee and the Board Health and Safety Champion. Prior to working in social housing, care and retirement services Brian had a successful career in the private sector working as a HR Director for a global automotive organisation and also as a retail and project manager for Tesco where he was responsible for operating some of the largest stores in the company’s portfolio.

Brian is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

He is Non Executive Director of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust where he sits on the Audit and Assurance Committee, and is Chair Designate for the Quality, Safety and Governance Committee.

Brian is currently Managing Director of his own specialist consultancy company and in his spare time enjoys walking and going to the theatre.

Brian is passionate about our work and believes that helping people live longer and better lives by providing safe, secure and affordable homes is something that JJH can be very proud of.

Andrew Bowden

AndrewAndrew  spent over twenty years working within Local Government and the Third Sector prior to becoming Head of Housing at Conwy County Borough Council.   Andrew became the first Chief Executive Officer of Cartrefi Conwy in 2008, following the large scale stock transfer from Conwy Council, the first such voluntary transfer in North Wales. 

Andrew is a director of CREW (Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales), a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD).  He is also a Board Member for Community Housing Cymru.

Andrew is passionate about providing community based services with particular interest in Older Persons’ accommodation that really connects with their local environment.

Simon Brooksbank

SimonSimon has over 20 years experience leading and developing marketing, customer insight, category management and market research teams. He has worked across multiple sectors for a broad range of consumer-led businesses including Airtours, Unilever, Diageo, Nielsen, Honeywell, Fox's Biscuits and Reckitt Benckiser. Simon leads his own practice and has recently completed a project in helping FMCG and CPG  companies and retailers on how best to work together to improve performance. 
Simon has an MBA with distinction from Bradford University School of Management and brings a passion for customer understanding and developing services and products to better meet their needs a key element of the Johnnie Johnson 'Living Longer Living Better' et


Tom Miskell 

Tom Miskell

Tom is Chair of the Northern Housing Consortium, Chair of a PFI regeneration scheme in Salford and Chair of the Board of Accent.

He is also interim Chair of Bespoke Supportive Tenancies Ltd. He has run his own management consultancy since May 2014. Previously Together Group's first Chief Executive when it was established in April 2011, Tom grew the Group to 35,000 homes and established a Group culture, delivering substantial efficiencies, improving services and maintaining local accountability and control.

Tom was Chief Executive of Pennine Housing and became Group Chief Executive of Trans-Pennine Housing when it was established in March 2006. He has extensive experience of working in the social housing sector, as well as experience working in management consultancy, local government and the Housing Corporation. Tom is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Tom is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is keen to maintain the momentum of positive progress for JJH and is proud about returning it to top ratings not only from the regulator but from staff and residents too. He is absolutely committed to the corporate vision for JJH.

Abdul Ravat

Abdul Ravat Abbdul is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has 25+ years' experience of procuring affordable housing and sustaining places and works at the Abbeyfield Society overseeing development and asset management; managing the supply of quality housing and capturing good design to meet the housing, care and support needs to older people and addressing loneliness through independent living, residential, dementia and home care solutions.  In 2018, he was a ‘Best Residential Scheme’ winner with RICS / LABC. He has previously worked with the Housing Corporation / Homes & Communities Agency.

He is a non-executive director - vice chair of Manningham HA and a board member of Unity Enterprise. He co-authored a study looking at ‘Mortgage Rescue – Meeting the Requirements of Special Needs Groups’ which informed utilising public funds to avoid repossession. He is a member of National Housing Federation’s Delivering Great Homes Group, shaping policies and programmes with government and sector; a member of the Independent Schools Appeals Panel; and an ambassador with National Training Awards encouraging others to seek recognition from learning and development. 

Steve Secker

Headshot of Steve SeckerSteve has wide experience of housebuilding development, Project Management, Finance, IT, Risk Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is an MBA qualified Chartered Accountant.
Steve worked for McCarthy & Stone, Britain’s leading Retirement Living housing developer, for 24 years with his last 13 years as Regional Managing Director in the North. He led on the project ‘Transforming our Customer Experience’. McCarthy & Stone are industry leaders with 13+ years 5* status recommendation from their customers.

Since 2018 Steve has been building a portfolio of work comprising housing consultancy, executive mentoring and Non Exec roles including a charity, SME contractor and rail construction software start up.  Steve has recently been appointed chair of York Housing Association. Steve chairs JJDL Board.

Rob Seldon

Rob Seldon Rob is currently a Board Member of Accent Housing where he Chairs the People and Treasury Committees and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has been at Accent for 6 years.

Rob/Robert is a Chartered Accountant and spent over 25 years in professional practice in various roles including as an external auditor, IT risk consultant and as a specialist in financial due diligence services for Organisations undertaking acquisitions and mergers, business disposals and fund raising by way of debt or equity. Rob was a partner at Deloitte for the last 10 years of his career before retiring from that role.

Rob’s other non-business interests include most sports but particularly football, he is an Arsenal season ticket holder, and horse racing. He is a keen vegetable grower and gets hints and tips from a local urban farm where he is a Trustee.

He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.


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Alistair How

Alistair Hoe

Alistair is a member of our JJDL Board and is a seasoned senior executive and non-executive director. For the first half of his career he worked in commercial and development roles for blue chip organisations such as Boots, Kodak, ICI and Reuters. For the last 20 years he has specialised in health and social care with a focus on the elderly and mental health. He has worked for both large and small organisations such as Bupa, Four Seasons and AkariCare. As CEO of Eden Futures he worked closely with housing associations to provide accommodation and support for vulnerable adults across the north of England.

He was previously a non-executive director for Your Housing Group based in Warrington and NAPA, a charity aimed at supporting activities for elderly people. He holds non-executive roles at Thalamos, a technology application for mental health professionals, and More Life, a joint venture with Leeds Beckett University which provides intervention services for weight loss and smoking cessation.

Alistair lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys cycling, golf, photography and runs the local scout group.

Peter Nourse

Peter Nourse

Peter is a member of our JJDL Board. He is Director of Assets at Clarion Housing Group which is the largest housing association in the UK. He is responsible for the planned maintenance of Clarion’s housing stock. Prior to joining Clarion, Peter ran his own consultancy business and provided interim management and consultancy support to a wide range of local authorities and housing associations across the country.  

Peter also chairs the Quality of Existing Homes Group at the National Federation of Housing.  Peter is a keen golfer and avid supporter of Charlton Athletic Football Club.


Ralph Middlemore

Ralph Middlemore Headshot Ralph is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and property professional with extensive experience of working at a senior level for a number of regional and national social landlords.

Most recently Ralph was Director of Property Maintenance for the Places for People Group and in this role was responsible for the management and delivery of property maintenance operations across England and Wales which involved delivering repairs and improvements works to 55,000 properties and managing a team of over 500 people.

Prior to this Ralph worked at management level for social landlords where he focussed on change management and cost reduction and in the private sector for construction and engineering companies.