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Our Board

Newlon Housing Trust is a charitable housing association and the Board is ultimately responsible for overseeing our governance.

Our approach is to encourage Board members to work actively on our behalf to promote our role as a provider of affordable housing and community initiatives in north and east London. To reflect this each member has a specialist area of responsibility so that the collective expertise of all members supports the Trust’s key areas of activity.

Newlon’s current Board members are:

  • Fred Angole
    Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee
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    Fred Angole joined our Board in October 2014 and is currently Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Access Homes Board.

    Fred is a qualified accountant who has worked in the private sector, mostly in retail, before starting work in the housing sector. He previously worked for the Housing Corporation (now Homes England), as well as Finance Director at Presentation and Gallions housing associations, and at Homes for Haringey. He currently works for the YMCA. He has also served on the boards of a number of other housing associations.

    Annual remuneration: £7,027

  • Jackie Ballard
    Vice Chair and Chair of the Outward Board
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    Jackie joined us as a Newlon Board member in September 2013, and is now Vice Chair. She is also Chair of Outward, our care and support partner organisation, as well as a member of the Audit & Risk and People and Governance Committees.

    She brings considerable expertise and experience of working in public life and the third sector, having formerly been an MP and more recently Chief Executive of a number of charities. She has close links to the communities where Newlon works and started her career as a social worker in Waltham Forest.

    She is a passionate advocate for volunteering and her extensive high level experience makes her an ideal ambassador for Newlon.

    Annual remuneration: £10,540

  • John Cross
    Chair of the Development Committee
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    John Cross joined the Newlon Board as Chair of our Development Committee in August 2016. He has extensive senior level experience leading on the development of new affordable homes and has worked as a Chief Executive for a number of organisations including bpha. He is also a member of the Board at Paradigm Housing and Connexus Housing Group.

    He previously served as Chair of the National Housing Federation for three years.

    Annual remuneration: £7,027

  • Maria Grogan
    Chair of Access Homes
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    Maria joined us in December 2011 and is currently Chair of Access Homes. She also sits on the Audit and Risk Committee and is an Outward board member.

    She spent the first 20 years of her working life in the City. She has held various roles in Banking and Asset Management focusing on Change, Operations and IT. Most recently she was a Board Director of Allium Capital.

    Annual remuneration: £7,027

  • Martin Hughes
    Resident Board Member and Chair of the Residents’ Forum
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    Martin has been a Newlon resident since 1993 and joined the Newlon Board in the summer of 2010. He is Chair of the Newlon Fusion Board and our Residents’ Forum and also sits on the development committee.

    Martin has worked in property and housing for over 35 years. His current day job is as a surveyor for a private residential development company. Previously he worked in housing management for L&Q and Moat Housing.

    Annual remuneration: £7,027

  • Matt Campion
    Chair of the Residents' Services Committee
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    Matt joined our Board in October 2016 and is Chair of the Residents’ Services Committee. He also sits on the Newlon Fusion Board.

    He has extensive experience of working at a senior level in social housing operations and is currently Chief Executive of Shepherds Bush Housing Group. During his career in housing Matt has worked at both large and small housing associations, including a specialist BAME association. Prior to working in housing he briefly worked in education and in health promotion services.

    Annual remuneration: £7,027

  • Mike Hinch
    Newlon Board member and Group Chief Executive
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    Mike joined Newlon in 1993 as Finance Director and became Chief Executive in 1999. Before joining Newlon Mike held senior positions in housing and local government. He is a qualified accountant and has an MBA.

    He is a member of the Development Committee and the NewlonBuild Board.

    Mike has been a Board member of several other housing associations.

  • Nicola Bastin
    Chair of the People and Governance Committee
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    Nicola joined the Newlon Board in February 2014. She is Chair of the People and Governance Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and sits on the Board of Access Homes.

    She is experienced in quality improvement and senior operations in the public sector and is qualified in Human Resources. She was previously involved in setting up and leading two government agencies: Her Majesty’s Courts Service and Jobcentre Plus.

    Nicola has been a board member of a number of housing and health organisations. She is currently on the Board of Newham Health Collaborative and also the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

    Annual remuneration:£7,027

  • Sarah Ebanja
    Chair of the Newlon Board
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    Sarah joined our Board in December 2011 and became Chair at the beginning of October 2012. She a member of the Development, People and Governance and Residents’ Services Committees and also sits on the Newlon Fusion Board.

    She is currently Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and is also the Chair of a further education college.

    Sarah has extensive experience of working to improve the lives of the communities that Newlon supports, having worked at a top level in local government for Lewisham, Hackney and Islington Councils and as Deputy Chief Executive of the London Development Agency. While at Islington she was a driving force in the success of the Arsenal Regeneration Programme.

    Annual remuneration: £17,568


Declaration of interests

Board members are required to declare any interests that impact on their involvement with Newlon, to support transparency.

The current interests are listed below:

  • Roles in subsidiary Boards
  • Non-executive Board Member of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Non-executive Board Member of London TravelWatch
  • Non-executive Board Member of a management consultancy
  • CEO of Shepherds Bush Housing Group
  • Company Director of Newham Health Collaborative

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