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:
Professional, skilled and dedicated staff are the heart of our company delivering excellence
Trish Astill – Rent Recovery Manager
Trevor Bone – Responsive Repairs Manager
Mick Carman – Investment Manager
Cara Clarkson – Business Services Manager
Lynne Collier – Customer Access and Improvement Manager
Julie Davidson – Tenancy and Estates Manager
Peter Harley – Business Development Manager
Simon Phillips – Finance Manager
Kevin Shutt – Planned and Cyclical Maintenance Manager
Paul Smith – Procurement and Stores Manager
Sharon Watret – ECSS Manager
William Wiggins – ICT Systems Manager
12 dedicated volunteers setting our strategic direction and Business Plan.
Mrs Jean Clark
Jean Clark, Chair of the Human Resources Committee, joined the Board in June 2006. Jean is a tenant Board member and is an ambassador for the Company, attending the annual Chartered Institute of Housing Conference.
As Chair of the Committee, Jean presents both the Staff Recognition and also the Director of the Board Excellence Awards to staff at the Annual General Meeting.
Mr Michael Frettsome
Mick Frettsome, Member of Finance & Audit Committee and member of Human Resources Committee, 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.
Miss Susan Murphy
Susan Murphy, Member of Finance & Audit Committee, joined the Board in March 2015. Susan is a tenant Board member 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.
Mrs Lynn Clayton
Lynn Clayton, Chair of the Directors of the Board, Member of the Human Resources Committee, joined the Board in December 2006. Lynn was appointed Chair of the Board in July 2014 having served as a board member since 2006. She is an Independent Board Member and has served as Chair of NSH’s Audit and Finance committee.
Lynn is the Assistant Director for Housing at Derwent Living and has over 25 years’ experience in the social housing sector for both Local Authority and Housing Associations. Her experience covers Housing Strategy, Business Planning, Housing Finance, Homelessness, Supported Housing/Housing Related Support, Neighbourhoods, Customer Service and Tenant/Resident Led Self-Regulation/Scrutiny.
Lynn has a real passion, drive and great enthusiasm for housing which has led to her many successes in her professional career, the experience of which she brings to the Board of Newark and Sherwood Homes and the ALMO sector.
Mr Brendan Haigh
Brendan Haigh, Member of Finance & Audit Committee, joined the Board in November 2015. He joined the Board in 2015 replacing a retired Independent Board member.
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.
Mrs Lesley Robinson
Lesley Robinson, Vice-Chairman of Finance & Audit Committee, and a Member of Human Resources Committee, joined the Board in October 2015 (initially as co-optee). Since that time, Lesley has since taken on the role of a Director of the Board following the resignation of an Independent 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 is governance champion ensuring compliance.
Mr Kenneth Sutton
Ken Sutton, Member of Finance & Audit Committee, joined the Board in November 2009. He has recently stood down from the role of Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, but continues to serve as a committee member.
Ken has a background in hospitality, running capital and revenue budgets, investment in properties and holding the role of Operations Director. Ken has also held the role Chairman of his Parish Council.
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Cllr Celia Brooks, Vice-Chair of Human Resources Committee
Cllr Brooks joined the Board in May 2015. She is retired, following a 41 year career in teaching, and was latterly 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, Member of Finance & 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.
Cllr Paul Handley, Chairman of Finance & Audit Committee
Cllr Handley joined the Board in February 2012, and is retired. He is an accountant by profession. Formerly a Director of PLCs and Limited companies.
Paul has successful expertise in: strategic planning and implementation; finance; property acquisition, development and management; contract negotiation and legal matters; acquisitions and disposals; consultation, communication and involvement with stakeholders; trusteeship.
He is currently a Town Councillor of Southwell Town Council, District Councillor of N&SDC, and Trustee of Southwell Leisure Centre.
His interests include: World travel; sport and outdoor pursuits; classic cars; National and World events; gardening; photography; having fun with the family.
Cllr David Payne, Vice-Chairman of the Directors of the Board and a member of the Human Resources Committee
Cllr Payne joined the Board in May 2015. Originally from Nottingham, he moved to Newark in 1970. He is a solicitor by profession and practiced in Newark until his recent retirement. In the past David has been President of Nottinghamshire Law Society and served on the Council of the Law Society of England and Wales between 2000 and 2010.
He has served as a councillor for Newark & Sherwood District Council since 1975 and has held most of the senior offices. He was Chairman of the District Council in 1989 and Mayor of Newark Town Council in 1979.
David has taken a keen interest in social housing throughout his local government career and was Housing Portfolio Holder / Chairman with the District Council for some ten years; and is currently Chairman of their Planning Committee.
Cllr Payne is also a Governor of Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a Trustee of Newark & Sherwood CVS, and Chairman of the Gilstrap Trust.
David has three children and six grand-children.
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 lead 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 - 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.
Andrew Dewberry - Assistant Director, Asset and Development Services
Andy has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sector and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building. He was educated at Derby University.
He is responsible for the development of new homes, asset management, planned maintenance and Health and Safety. He joined Newark and Sherwood Homes in February 2009 and previously held a number of senior repairs and maintenance roles in the public sector. Earlier in his career, Andy spent 13 years in managerial roles within the commercial construction industry delivering a wide range of projects across the country.
Andy enjoys making a difference to people’s lives and the communities they live in through the work he undertakes at Newark and Sherwood Homes, and acts as the company’s technical lead.
Within development works for tenants’ homes and communities, Andy has delivered numerous environmental improvement schemes, and has led on energy saving initiatives.
He is also a founder member and director of the not-for-profit procurement consortium Efficiency East Midlands.
Outside work, Andy enjoys sports including badminton and football and spending time with his family and pets.
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 - 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.
Contribution and feedback from our customers continually shapes and guides service delivery.
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.