Meet the ForHousing Board

David Lamb

David lived in the same house in Walnut Road for over 50 years, before moving to Sheltered Accommodation in Enfield House in February 2013. David and his late wife had brought up three sons in the house and now have three granddaughters, and a grandson. In 2007, David was involved in the formation of the Alder Park TARA and was Chair until he moved from the area. From this, he was introduced to the area's TAC Group and was involved in a number of policy steering groups. David has served on several Excellence Groups, the Eccles LAP, Dragon’s Den, Impact Hub and until his appointment to the Board on 1 November 2011, chaired the CSI. Following his appointment to the Board, he has joined the Audit and Risk and Development Committees. David’s interests outside ForHousing are Crown Green Bowls, ballroom dancing, and his local church, Patricroft Methodist Church, where he is a Worship Leader.

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 to the Board include strategic management, change leadership and sector expertise. Helen has worked with the social housing sector for over 10 years, and is passionate about delivering service excellence and positive social change. Helen currently lives in Rossendale, but previously resided in Salford for 10 years. Outside of work, Helen enjoys a busy family life, and is a keen supporter of wildlife and conservation issues.

Carol Mawers

Carol is a resident of Walkden, and she 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 Little Hulton and Walkden Local Area Panel, which has excellent links with the area office, and which monitors the services that the area offices provides. The Panel also links with other local groups to help benefit the local community. 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.

Claire Harris

Claire is currently Head of Finance and Deputy Section 151 Officer at Warrington Borough Council with a wide ranging remit including Corporate Finance & Accountancy, Internal Audit, Procurement, Benefits & Exchequer Services and the Customer Contact Centre. Claire has previously worked for more than ten years as a Director of Finance within the social housing sector, most recently at St Vincent’s Housing Association (now Mosscare St Vincent’s) and prior to that at Warrington Housing Association. Claire has a keen interest in ensuring that services provided to residents are effective, efficient and in line with customer 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 contribute to 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 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, and is the City of Salford Councillors’ Cycling Champion and a LEA 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, where 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 to obtain the academic qualification as 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.

Dr Roz Fox

Roz is passionate about improving lives and developing sustainable communities. She is a ForViva Group 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.

Lawrence McIntosh

With 18 months experience working as a relatively new individual introduced to the housing sector through ForViva, Lawrence has been observing how we are shaping the future in an ever changing and complex environment. Being part of the aspirations and journey of the group is very much rewarding.

He has also been a Board member since late 2016, and Chair of a branch within a union organisation since 2016 within the Telecommunications Industry. His experience includes being a member of the Board and a member of the Remuneration and Staffing Committee. Lawrence has recently registered for the Equality and Diversity Mentoring programme that will develop his skills as a Board Member.

Outside work, his interests include studying a Social Science Degree part time, walking in the Lake District or ideally abroad, gardening and reading for further self improvement. He has taken also up an induction class to educate him in the workings of a gym to promote better health.

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. 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 entities. He also holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. Following qualifying, he worked for both KPMG and PWC rising to senior positions where he was responsible for large specialised audits, including the audit of Villages Housing Association and Stockbridge Village Trust. It was here he first became interested in social housing. During his time at PWC he was also instrumental in the winning of 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. Moving on from PWC, he is currently employed as a Senior Audit Manager for the office of a national practice where he is responsible for the larger and more specialised clients.

He was invited to join the Board in 2013. He 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.

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