Our People

Find out about our staff, our leaders and our customers who help shape our services, as well as about our culture and ways of working: 

Staff

Managers

Board

Corporate leaders

Customers

Diversity

Staff

Professional, skilled and dedicated staff are the heart of our company delivering excellence

  • Customer services
  • Tenancy management 
  • Estate management
  • Rent management
  • Property maintenance
  • Surveying
  • Property development
  • Independent living support
  • Finance
  • Performance
  • Risk
  • Health and safety
  • Quality‌
  • IT

 

Managers

Mick Carman – Investment Manager

Cara Clarkson – Business Services Manager

Julie Davidson – Tenancy and Estates Manager

Janet Glass - Strategic Development Manager

Cindy Gleghorn - Customer Access and Improvement Manager

Edward Langtry - Asset and Development Manager

Simon Phillips – Finance and Income Manager

Kevin Shutt – Development Manager

Sally Skipworth-Cooke – Responsive Repairs Manager

Karen Talbot - Housing Services Manager

Carl Tunnicliffe - Planned and Programmed Works Manager

Sharon Watret – Executive and Governance Manager

William Wiggins – ICT Systems Manager 

Board

Dedicated volunteers setting our strategic direction and Business Plan.

Three Tenants‌

Mick Frettsome

Mr Michael Frettsome

Member of the Audit Committee

Mick Frettsome joined the Board in June 2014. 

Mick first got involved with Newark and Sherwood Homes through the Tenants’ Panel as he wanted to utilise his knowledge gained through working in property maintenance.

In November 2014 Mick became Vice-Chair of the Board and held this role through to November 2016.

Susan Murphy

Miss Susan Murphy

Susan is a tenant who re-joined the Board in 2015 having previously served on the Board from November 2007 until February 2010, leaving to further her career in other fields at that time.

Patricia Jarvis

Ms Patricia Jarvis

Patricia Jarvis joined the Board in December 2017. ‌

Patricia has 20 years of experience as a Board member of a not for profit training company with charitable objectives, working predominantly within the voluntary sector. During this time she was able to help hundreds of disadvantaged people achieve their full potential. Patricia is also a great believer in social housing.

Three Independents

Mr Andrew Fearn

Chairman of the Board

Andrew Fearn was appointed Chairman of the Board in November 2018. He has been a solicitor for over 40 years, specialising in property and agriculture. He is also an accredited mediator.

Andrew has a wealth of experience in strategic leadership in a number of different environments including the charitable, sporting and commercial sectors. More recently he has been Chairman of Langleys Solicitors LLP and is currently Chairman of Newark Rugby Club.

Brendan Haigh

Mr Brendan Haigh

Member of the Audit Committee

Brendan Haigh, Member of the Audit Committee, joined the Board in November 2015.

Brendan previously held roles as both a District and a County Councillor, he is a retired solicitor and a former member of the Board of a Housing Association.

His experience covers housing policy, estate management, housing care, construction, legal and the public sector.

Lesley Robinson

Mrs Lesley Robinson

Chair of the Audit Committee

Lesley Robinson, Chair of the Audit Committee, joined the Board in October 2015 as co-optee. Lesley was appointed as Board member in 2016.

Lesley brings accountancy, legal and governance experience to the Board having held a partner role in a Lincoln law firm specialising in Housing Law. Since retiring she has become an independent Audit Committee Member to a local Housing Association and is also a Director of Lincoln and District Citizens Advice Bureau, with a role on the Finance Committee and a governance champion ensuring compliance.

Council Nominees

Cllr Celia Brooks

Cllr Celia Brooks

Member of the Audit Committee

Cllr Brooks joined the Board in May 2015. She is retired, following a 41 year career in teaching, including Headteacher at a Primary School. She studied teaching in London, and undertook her Masters course at Sheffield University.

She has a particular interest in housing matters, and is active on the Homes & Communities Committee for the District Council as well as being a Board member for NSH. Celia is supportive in developing local communities through different initiatives, and is currently Chair of Edwinstowe Parish Council.

To relax, Cllr Brooks spends as much time as she can on her boat which is moored in Devon, and she enjoys sailing the Day Cruiser with family and friends.

Cllr Peter Duncan

Cllr Peter Duncan

Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee

Cllr Duncan joined the Board in May 2015. He has been a Brand Licensing Consultant in his career and has had an interest in a local hostelry/wine merchant business since 2004.

Peter has been an active member of Newark Business Club and their Action Club supporting initiatives in economic development for the benefit of the town and surrounding area. Earlier in his career, Cllr Duncan held a senior position in the textile industry for a well-known company.

Cllr Duncan has acted as Trustee for a local Social Enterprise, and sits on the District Council’s Growth Investment Fund Panel supporting local economic development and small businesses.

To relax, Peter enjoys Jazz Music and has supported local Jazz Festivals to be staged in Newark Town. He also regularly returns to his native Scotland.

Corporate leaders

Rebecca Rance

‌‌Rebecca Rance

Chief Executive

Since graduating in Housing, as a housing professional and Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing; Rebecca has gained extensive experience across the housing sector through paid and voluntary roles in Local Government, Housing Associations and more latterly Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs).

Rebecca has been Chief Executive of Newark and Sherwood Homes (NSH) since its inception in 2004. She has led the company to achieve an impressive track record of success resulting in multi million pound investments in tenants homes and driven the delivery of high performing cost effective services and the development of affordable homes to meet local need. She is determined, has exceptionally high standards and is supportive of all to reach their highest potential and achieve. Her work has resulted in Newark and Sherwood Homes securing a 30 year Management Agreement to support the delivery of Newark & Sherwood District Council’s Housing Vision.

In addition to delivering locally, her work for NSH has included several years assisting the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) Board to shape and inform national housing policy; this work has been continually underpinned by her focus and passion to seek excellent housing, and housing services, to tenants and communities. Rebecca has a very spirited and dynamic character; she enjoys travelling, skiing and is a fervent and successful vegetable gardener.

Stephen Feast

Stephen Feast

Director

Steve joined Newark and Sherwood Homes in 2008 and has worked as Director since October 2011 taking responsibility for the delivery of excellent housing services to tenants and communities across Newark and Sherwood. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

A career housing professional having started work as a Housing Officer and undertaken a range of roles across the sector with Local Authorities and Housing Associations before joining the Company where he has played a pivotal role in the Company delivering high quality, low cost services and delivering an ambitious development programme which will provide over 300 affordable and sustainable new homes over the next 5 years.

Steve embraces change and is active in seeking opportunities where the needs of customers can be achieved or exceeded by further improving our existing and developing new services. To achieve this Steve seizes the opportunities offered by the use of new technologies and seeks to support and develop staff to achieve their potential.

Being a football supporter and community-minded, in his spare time Steve is Chairman of Dodworth Miners Welfare Junior Football Club who play in the Sheffield & District Sunday Junior League. He juggles this and work with a busy family life and relaxes by enjoying music.

Dave Newmarch

Dave Newmarch

Assistant Director - Housing Management and Responsive Repairs Services

Dave has worked for Newark and Sherwood Homes for two years. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and was educated at De Montford University.

Dave has 25 years’ experience of working in Housing, predominantly in the care and support sector and has extensive knowledge of providing services which meet the housing needs of vulnerable people, having previously worked for Framework Housing charity.

He is committed to delivering new and innovative solutions at Newark and Sherwood Homes which ensures the needs of the communities it serves will be met now and into the future. He specialises in landlord services and at the National Federation of ALMOs’ 2017 conference delivered a workshop on “Providing the Right Homes and Care for an Ageing Population”.

During three days in June 2017, Dave joined nine other intrepid pelotons in cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the Harley Jae Trust cancer charity, which resulted in the team exceeding their fundraising target, securing over £5,400. Dave also enjoys going on long walks with family and his enthusiastic dogs.

Suzanne Williamson

Suzanne Williamson

Assistant Director - Income and Resource Services

Suzanne Williamson is a Chartered Accountant, and specialist in Housing Finance and has worked for Newark and Sherwood Homes since 2007. She is a CIPFA member and qualified in public sector treasury management with the Association of Corporate Treasurers in 2009. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the Public Sector, previously at Nottinghamshire County Council and Gedling Borough Council in a senior financial and accountancy role.

After five years with Newark and Sherwood Homes, Suzanne was promoted to Assistant Director in 2012. In her current role she has responsibility for income monitoring, risk management, performance monitoring, revenue and capital budgets, procurement and resources. She is proud to support the Company to develop the business and progress new commercial opportunities through investment and modelling tools to support financial analysis and informed decision-making. Suzanne is a key member of the Corporate Management Team and acts as a bridge with the company’s shareholder over finance matters. She enjoys seeking out innovative solutions. She has a passion for the protection of public/tenant monies and has extensive experience of creating a ‘Value for Money’ culture.

Suzanne is enthusiastic about housing and relies on endless energy reserves to achieve her objectives in business and family life. She enjoys keeping fit, having taught keep fit classes in previous years, in her spare time.

Customers

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Diversity

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity, marriage and civil partnership or gender reassignment.

We are proud of the diverse nature of our workforce. One of our core values is ‘valuing everyone’ and we recognise the strength that lies in diversity.