Board and Committee Members

The Board comprises of non-executive members who are responsible for directing the affairs of the Society.  In accordance with our Rules, they act in the interests of the Society and for the benefit of the community.

Board members are selected from a wide background bringing together professional, commercial, financial and local experience. 

There are currently 7 Board members and 4 Committee members.

Sara Garnham

Sara Garnham

Sara Garnham, Board Chair

Appointed September 2021

Membership:

  • Remuneration Committee member
  • Finance Working Group member

Sara brings experience from Executive and Non-Executive positions in public, private and third sector organisations across various sectors including construction, housing, the hi-tech sector, education, care and the arts. Sara is actively involved in the local community in Cambridge, currently serving as a governor in a local school and a trustee for other local charities.

Sara first got involved in housing as a charity Board member in the 1980s in Cambridge, leading the charity through an ambitious development programme. In 2006, Sara joined Hill Partnership as Business Development Director and has continued her commitment to the social housing sector with various Housing Association Board roles, including as Chair of King Street Housing Society in Cambridge, leading on their integration with Aldwyck / Catalyst. Sara is a Board member and Chair of the Tenant Experience Committee for Havebury Housing Partnership. 

Declarations of Interest: 

  • Shareholder and Director of Boathouse Court Properties Ltd
  • Chair of the Charity Board for New International Encounter
  • Charity Board member and Chair of the HR and Governance Comittee for Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
  • Co-opted Govenor and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee for Trumpington Federation
  • Trustee and Vice Chair of The Red Hen Project
  • Member of West Chesterton Labour Party
  • Board member and Chair of the Resident Experience Committee for Havebury Housing Partnership

Adam Broadway

Adam Broadway

Adam Broadway, Board member

Appointed September 2023

Membership:

  • Audit and Risk Committee member
  • Investment and Growth Working Group member

Adam is a qualified town planner and has worked in the housing sector since 1987. He has held senior development and partnership director roles for over 30 years, and until the end of 2021 worked with the social impact business, Funding Affordable Homes. During his housing career he has delivered a range of new build housing and regeneration projects and brings practical experience in the design, procurement, and project management.

Adam has experience of Board membership at national and local levels for charities, social housing and community organisations including the Urban Village project board and Crisis Trustee for 10 years. He is currently a Development Committee and Audit and Risk Committee Member for Orbit Group.

Declarations of Interest: 

  • Owner and director of Instinctively Green Ltd consultancy
  • Member of Orbit Housing Group's Audit and Risk Committee and Development Committee
  • Consultant for Campbell Tickell Limited        

Claire Lish

Claire Lish

Claire Lish, Board member

Appointed September 2023.

Membership:

  • Remuneration Committee Chair

Claire is a Business Psychologist and Human Resources professional, leveraging 20 years’ experience across the field of people management and development. She holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is currently studying for her Doctoral qualification. Claire is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Association of Business Psychologists.

Claire is also currently serving as a Trustee of school charity, and opened her own consultancy, Psynergy Consulting, in January 2023 offering a link between business psychology and organisational design. She is also the Head of Professional Development and a Board member for the Association for Business Psychology. In her spare time, Claire runs a successful community judo club.

Declarations of Interest: 

  • Director of Psyenergy Consulting Ltd
  • Company Secretary and Board member of the Association for Business Psychology

Craig Glasper

Craig Glasper

Craig Glasper, Board member

Appointed September 2023

Membership:

  • Customer Experince Group Chair
  • Investment and Growth Working Group member

Craig is an accomplished Chief Executive, Executive and Non-Executive Director, with 30 years’ experience in the Housing sector. In that time, Craig has Lead on several successful merger and integration projects for large Housing Associations.

Craig has significant experience as a change and transformation leader, transforming the customer experience and delivering continuous service improvements in the Sector.

He is a Director and current Trustee of Racing Homes, an organisation providing affordable Housing to the horse racing sector.

Declarations of Interest: 

  • CEO of Harrow Churches Housing Association
  • Trustee of Racing Homes

John Giesen

John Giesen

John Giesen, Board member

Appointed September 2023

Membership:

  • Customer Experince Group member 

John has been involved in local housing and community services for more than 50 years. He was Chief Executive of a Housing Association for 10 years.

Since ‘retiring’ in January 2016, John has been Chair of TPAS England, and of a specialist Housing Association in East London, and is a school governor.

In addition, John is a consultant specialising in leadership, culture change, equality and diversity and organisational development.

Declarations of Interest: 

  • Chair of Providence Row Housing Association

Keith Carter

Keith Carter photograph

Keith Carter, Board member

Appointed September 2017

Membership:

  • Customer Experince Group member
  • Investment and Growth Working Group (Chair)

Keith is a Property Professional with 35 years’ experience in public sector construction and maintenance, including 20 years as a Director in social housing. He has worked as both client and contractor so has excellent knowledge of the full picture of service delivery.

He has run his own consultancy, Carter Marshall, since 2004, providing advice on property management, development, options appraisals, procurement, service reviews and contract audits.

Declarations of Interest:

  • Consultant for Carter Marshall Ltd
  • Consultant for Campbell Tickell Ltd
  • Non Executive Board Member for Norwich City Services Limited  

Paul Tyrrell

 

Paul Tyrrell, Board member

Appointed September 2023

Membership:

  • Audit and Risk Committee Chair
  • Finance Working Group Chair
  • Sevenson's Legacy Company Chair

Paul is a finance professional with 36 years’ worth of experience working in one of the UK’s major commercial banking groups. The last 22 years of his banking career was served in the specialist social housing lending team. Since closing his chapter on banking, Paul has continued the connection with social housing, undertaking business development consulting work and non-exec roles in the sector.

Declarations of Interest: 

  • Group Board member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee for B3 Living Limited
  • Director of Jamyl Limited
  • Chair and Non-Executive Director of Stevenson's Legacy Company

Tarcha Choony

Tarcha Choony

Tarcha Choony, Committee member

Joined in April 2023. 

Membership:

  • Audit and Risk Committee member
  • FInance Working Group member

Tarcha has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Sector, and has held various multiple senior roles across Risk and Business Strategy at various global organisations.

Tarcha is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer at a Commodity Hedge Fund.

Declarations of Interest: 

  • None

Leyton Nisbett

Joined in August 2023

Membership:

  • Customer Experience Group as Customer Member

Leyton is a manager for a ventilation manufacturer. He lives in a Hundred Houses Society shared Ownership home. He is keen to be a customer voice and share his skills and knowledge to support the Customer Experience Group.

Declarations of Interest: 

  • Shared Owner and tenant of Hundred Houses Society

Mikey Dowling

Mikey Dowling

Joined in August 2023

Membership:

  • Customer Experience Group as Customer Member

Mikey manages the social club in Chesterton. He has been a tenant of Hundred Houses Society for twenty years and previously his Mother was a tenant. He is keen to ensure the tenant voice is heard to influence how future services are designed and so that tenants have a say about where they live.

Declaration of Interest

  • Tenant of Hundred Houses Society and Manager Chesterton Social Club.
  • Associate Governor for St Lawrence Catholic School

Karen Moore

Karen Moore, Committee member

Joined in March 2024. 

Membership:

  • Remuneration Committee member

Declarations of Interest: 

  • Director of People and Organisational Development for Ormiston Families 
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