About the Board
The Board is a group of appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of the organisation.
Our Board sets the strategic direction and is accountable to BH customers and other stakeholders for our overall performance in delivering housing and regeneration services to its customers.
The Board has responsibility for:
- the overall management of the organisation;
- the approval of BH’s annual business plan;
- the approval of BH’s annual report and financial statements (this is also subject to external audit); and
- for deciding which areas of responsibility are to be delegated to Committees or BH staff.
However, the day to day running of the organisation is delegated to Bolton at Home’s management team.
Ian Munro (Chair of BH Group Board)
Ian has a wealth of experience and expertise in housing and environmental health. He became Director of Housing in Tameside in 1992 and supervised the implementation of one of the Country’s first, and most successful, housing renewal areas, bringing in over £70M private sector investment into one of the boroughs townships.
Ian led the transfer of Tameside’s 16,151 council homes to New Charter Group in March 2000; the first Metropolitan transfer and at the time the biggest in number and valuation [£129M] and first to a new group structure.
Ian has been a Board member at Bolton at Home since 2018, and was appointed Chair of the Group Board in October 2019.
Ibrahim Ismail (Deputy Chair of BH Group Board & Chair of BH HR & Group Governance Committee)
Currently Development Manager of BSCA and Chair of Bolton CVS. Ibby is also a fellow on the Clore Social Leadership Programme (national programme for leaders in the social sector), and holds a number of voluntary positions.
Ibby was appointed Deputy Chair of BH Group Board, and Chair of BH HR and Group Governance Committee in October 2019.
Amanda joined Arcon's Board in March 2018. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, a Member of the Institute of Risk Management and a Volunteer for North West's Change Management Institute with over 12 years delivering Strategic Agendas on Executive Boards for Insurance, Financial and Legal Service Sectors. She holds an International Diploma for Risk Management awarded by the IRM. Amanda now works as a consultant specialising in Governance, Risk, Compliance and Transformation.
Amanda joined the Group Audit and Risk Committee in June 2019 and was appointed to Bolton at Home Board in January 2020.
Bill Gill (Chair of Group Audit and Risk Committee)
Bill is an experienced self-employed consultant working in the sector. He brings a wealth of experience around assurance, governance and risk, which he uses in his role as Chair of the Group Audit & Risk Committee.
Bill has previously been a Board member for another local association and is well aware of the issues facing associations in Greater Manchester. He is very supportive of the community investment work that Bolton at Home delivers outside of its core social landlord role.
Bill has been actively involved in a number of events that the Association has been involved with, including the Community Stars Evening and Bolton Pride.
Bill has been a Board member at Bolton at Home since 2015.
Cath is Director of Customer Services at Yorkshire Housing. She has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years, mainly in the North West. She has a passion for improving services and customer experience.
Cath is the Chair of Starts with You, a social enterprise set up by Bolton at Home to provide employment and personal support, environmental and other services across Greater Manchester.
Cath has been a Board member at Bolton at Home since 2014
Kevin is an elected member in Horwich North East ward and as a resident on one of our estates takes a keen interest in the needs of the community and individual customers.
Casework, casual conversations and membership of a residents’ association gives him the opportunity to listen to concerns and reflect on the implications for the organisation. Kevin is also interested in strategic housing issues that arise and thinks it’s important that Board members keep abreast of government policy and the thinking of professionals in the housing sector.
Kevin has been a Board member since 2011.
Mark is a serving councillor in Kearsley where he was born and has lived all his life, he has a passion for trying to help improve his community.
Mark worked in the security industry for over 30 years and also contributed in providing regulatory input as a former member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Industry Liaison Committee which was comprised of Police, Insurers, The Home Office, BSIA, Inspectorates and other stakeholders.
Based on his wider experience of the key aspects of the security industry – inspection, auditing, managing, regulating and training - Mark was also involved in consultancy pulling all the skill sets together to analyse needs and then provide sensible, workable and helpful solutions for commerce, industry, government agencies and other clients, he is keen to use the transferable skills he has acquired in his role with Bolton at Home.
Matt has been Strategic Director of Property and Development with Southway Housing since December 2017 and has worked in social housing asset management for over 25 years, delivering many significant development and improvement programmes throughout his career.
Matt firmly believes in the benefits that investing in new and existing homes can have in maximising the social value of our properties and how, in turn, this can positively impact the lives of residents and the local environment.
Matt has been a co-opted Board member at Bolton at Home since 2018, and became a full Board member in January 2020.
Mike, who joined Arcon's Board in 2018, has over 25 years experience in social housing sector, working for both local authorities and housing associations. Mike has been responsible to a wide range of frontline customer services including repairs, housing management, customer involvement, income collection, welfare benefits and customer contact centres. Mike is passionate about ensuring services deliver outstanding value for customers and is determined that housing providers do not lose their sense of social purpose.
Mike joined the Group Governance Committee in June 2019, and was appointed to Bolton at Home's Board in January 2020.
Peter Styche (Chair of Operations Committee)
A former senior civil servant with wide range of experience in housing, regeneration and planning policy development and implementation, primarily at regional and sub regional level. Developed a broad knowledge of the housing issues affecting the North West and retains a strong commitment to the region. A strong advocate of customer scrutiny and involvement and strong, effective governance.
As Chair of Helena Partnerships, Peter was instrumental in developing the close working relationship with Golden Gates Housing Trust which culminated in them coming together to form Torus in 2015.He has only recently stood down from positions on the Board of Torus and as Chair of Helena partnerships Board, having completed just over 9 years Board membership at Helena.
Peter has been a Board member at Bolton at Home since 2018
Saeed Atcha (co-optee)
Saeed Atcha MBE DL is CEO of Youth Leads, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and Government Social Mobility Commissioner. He established the charity Youth Leads at the age of 15 and has supported more than 7,000 disadvantaged young Greater Mancunian’s access volunteering opportunities and skills development programmes. Saeed is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Points of Light award and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List 2019.
Saeed is a trustee of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Step up to Serve, which leads the #iwill campaign to encourage meaningful social action across society. He is a trustee of Young Manchester, Generation: You Employed, UK and an Advisory Council member to the Care Tech Foundation. He is a school governor at his former secondary school, Ladybridge High School in Bolton.
Saeed was appointed as a co-optee to Bolton at Home Board in January 2020.