Meet the ForHousing Board

On this page you can find out more about the ForHousing Board.

We have big ambitions to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives so that means we need the strongest leadership, ideas and insight. Board members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to make these aspirations a reality. This ranges from health and social care, to finance and property and from telecommunications to managing housing services.

The ForHousing Board has a clear voice in the way governance arrangements are set up. As a community benefit society and registered social housing provider we aim to provide quality homes and places making more things possible for more people.

Key responsibilities:

  • Make sure we comply with the ForViva Group’s overarching values and vision
  • Social housing policies
  • Approves the annual budget and business plans in liaison with the Group Board
  • Complies with the Regulatory Framework for Social Housing including full self assessment
  • Oversees ForHousing operational performance
  • Makes sure we comply with legal requirements
  • Regulatory returns
  • Engages tenants to support our commitment to increase tenant voice
  • Development activity
  • Housing and asset management
  • Landlord compliance
  • Health and safety
  • Community impact

ForHousing Board Chair

Stephen Reuben

Stephen is Chair of the ForHousing Board and is also Deputy Chair of the ForViva Group Board. He’s played a key governance role for almost 12 years in either a board or advisory role.

Stephen is founder of the consultancy practice Change Development Solutions based on his significant experience in leading teams through times of major change.

Previously Chief Executive then Managing Director of Space New Living (part of the Great Places Housing Group), a registered social landlord based in Salford, Stephen has valuable experience of running a not-for-profit housing organisation.

The many skills he brings include strategic management, operational development and change management. Stephen is also a Governor of the University of Central Lancashire.

Deputy Chair

Dr Roz Fox

Roz is passionate about improving lives and developing sustainable communities. She is a ForViva Group board member, Deputy Chair of the ForHousing Board and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She first became a board member in 2011 when she joined as a leaseholder and has been a past Member of the Community Impact Strategy Hub.

Roz is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Public Services and teaches on this programme and the Master's in Public Administration. She is also Placement Coordinator and liaises with public sector, charities, social enterprises and the voluntary and community sectors to create placement opportunities for first, second and sandwich year undergraduate and post graduate students.

Claire Harris

Claire is currently Head of Finance and Deputy Section 151 Officer at Warrington Borough Council. Here she has a wide ranging remit including Corporate Finance and Accountancy, Internal Audit, Procurement, Benefits and Exchequer Services and the Customer Contact Centre. For over 10 years Claire previously worked as a Director of Finance within the social housing sector, most recently at Mosscare St Vincent’s and before that at Warrington Housing Association.

Claire has a keen interest in ensuring that services provided to residents are effective, efficient and in line with individual needs and expectations. Claire also has a strong passion for strong and effective governance which she believes underpins a successful organisation and hopes that her contribution to ForHousing continues to have positive outcomes for partners working with the organisation and for tenants both now and in the future.

Jim Dawson

Jim has been involved with the board for many years. He is a Councillor representing the people of Swinton and serves on the council's Health and Adult Scrutiny Panel and as Vice Chair of the Planning Panel.

He has also served on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Fire Authority and the Corporate Parenting Panel. He's also a City of Salford councillors’ cycling champion and a local education authority and local community governor at Saint Peter’s C of E Primary School and Swinton High School.

He is now retired after more than 40 years working for a large telecommunication company in a professional capacity. Duties included budgetary management and technical processes, providing high level technical support of the engineering power back up systems and building engineering services. Whilst working, Jim studied for a Bachelor of Science degree in Control Engineering. Jim is looking forward to working with all partners in the ForViva group.

Outside of work, Jim’s interests include fell walking and local history including the industrial heritage of Salford and the wider North of England.

Carol Mawers

Carol is a tenant of Walkden and worked in hospitality and then retail for many years, during which time she became a Health and Safety Officer. She is now retired and is involved in voluntary work for ForHousing on both local and area wide levels. She has been a member of the Board since 2013. Carol is the Chair of the Salford Community Voice which monitors the services provided. Carol also belongs to the customer inspector group that monitors empty properties, inspects the caretaking and cleaning of high rise and low rise buildings, and mystery shops certain ForHousing services.

Lawrence Macintosh

Lawrence is a life long resident of Stockbridge Village and has a background in shipping, engineering, telecommunications, sales, debt management and union work.

Lawrence has been a board member since late 2016, and chair of a branch within a union organisation since 2016. Lawrence sits on the Remuneration and Staffing Committee and the Impact Hub. He also chairs the Stockbridge Village Community Voice.

Lawrence is enthused by the dedication and passion of everyone in ForHousing to deliver sustainable communities and homes. He is committed to driving positive outcomes for the residents of Stockbridge Village by ensuring the highest standards of governance through the ForHousing Board.

Outside of work, his interests include studying for a Social Science Degree part time, and he hopes to continue on to complete a Masters degree.

Helen Rourke

Helen joined the board in November 2014. She is a qualified accountant and is currently the Director of Finance and Company Secretary at Manningham Housing Association.

As well as financial expertise, the skills Helen brings include strategic management, change leadership and housing sector expertise. Helen has worked within social housing for over 10 years and is passionate about delivering service excellence and positive social change.

Helen lived in Salford for 10 years and now lives in Rossendale. Outside work, Helen enjoys a busy family life, and is a keen supporter of wildlife and conservation issues.

David Lamb

David lived in the same house in Walnut Road for over 50 years, before moving to supported accommodation in Enfield House in February 2013. David and his late wife brought up three sons and now have three granddaughters, and a grandson. In 2007, David was involved in setting up a tenants and residents association in Alder Park and was Chair until he moved from the area.

David has previously served on several excellence groups, Dragon’s Den, Impact Hub and until his appointment to the Board on 1 November 2011, chaired the Customer Service Inspectorate. Following his board appointment, David joined the Audit and Risk and Development Committees.

Outside ForHousing, David’s interests include crown green bowls, ballroom dancing, and his local church, Patricroft Methodist Church, where he is a worship leader.

Judith Neilson

Judith has 27 years’ experience working within the NHS. Originally a physiotherapist, she has worked at senior management level within a variety of NHS settings and now works in a commissioning role. Her experience includes large scale service re-design and performance improvement to ensure high quality care is delivered that improves outcomes for patients. Judith chairs the Fitton Hill Community Voice. Outside of work, Judith is also Chair of Governors within a primary school.

Michael Sale

Michael is a qualified Chartered Accountant, FCA, with a wide experience in advising both the largest and smallest organisations. He also holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. After qualifying, Michael worked for both KPMG and PWC rising to senior positions where he was responsible for large specialised audits, including registered providers. It was here he first became interested in social housing.

During his time at PWC he was also instrumental in winning a national housing association target client, and was seconded to the firm’s Zambian practice to run the audit of the Zambian government’s largest commercial enterprise. Now he's employed as a Senior Audit Manager for the office of a national practice where he is responsible for the larger and more specialised clients.

Michael was invited to join the board in 2013 and is currently a member of the ForHousing Board and Audit and Risk Committee.

In his spare time Michael enjoys fine wine and spending time with his family.