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 What are the Board’s responsibilities?

The Association’s Board of Management serves to ensure that the Association operates effectively, having regard to its objectives and its legal and moral obligation to tenants, those in housing need and the communities in which it operates.

It is responsible for setting, monitoring and reviewing the overall aims, objectives and policies of the Association and overseeing its performance. It is supported by the Audit & Risk and  Independent Living Committees.


Eden Housing Association is a successful small independent Registered Provider of affordable homes with a rural focus. We were established in 1997 following the Large Scale Voluntary Transfer of housing stock from Eden District Council. We now operate chiefly across North Cumbria owning and/or managing around 1,982 homes for affordable rent or sale, and act as Managing Agents for Mitre Housing Association, Allonby Almshouses and Lyvennet Community Trust. We also on behalf of Eden District Council provide a statutory homelessness and housing options service.

Our homes are generally located in areas of strong housing demand and relatively high market values. Most of our homes cater for general family needs, with around 10% specifically designed for older people. Tenants and residents are at the heart of everything we do, and a range of opportunities are offered and continually refreshed for local people to get involved with our work.

Eden Housing Association’s commitment to value for money is integral to delivery of our services and operations as a business and is woven through the delivery of all our aims and objectives.

We are looking to appoint committed and enthusiastic voluntary Board Members who would assist with ensuring that our strategic objectives are delivered.

Anyone who has an interest in the work we undertake is encouraged to apply and we would welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Our current Board membership consists of nine male and two female members and our aim is to ensure we have a balanced Board that appropriately reflects the demographics of our community and we would welcome interest from individuals of all ages with relevant skills and experience.

We are looking specifically for applications from individuals preferably with HR, IT or Legal qualifications and/or experiences. We are keen to continue to have tenant participation within our Board so would also welcome any applications from our tenants and residents.

As a Board Member you would be required to attend early evening Board meetings which are typically held every second month in Penrith and, in addition, attend Committee meetings (currently 3 times a year) and occasional events as required. Full training and support will be provided in your new role. The role is voluntary and not remunerated, but all reasonable expenses will be covered.

If you wish to arrange an informal discussion with either our Chief Executive, John Clasper or our Chair Beth Furneaux, then please contact our HR Team on 01768 861400 or email who will make arrangements convenient to you.

If you are interested in applying, please download an application form and information pack from the menu on the right hand side,  and follow the instructions provided.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 19 July 2019. We are looking to conduct interviews on Friday 6 September with a view that the successful candidate will attend the Board Meeting on 24 September.

Our Board Members

The Board consists of voluntary unpaid Members (maximum number of 12).

It currently has 11 Members, all of whom are recruited on the basis of their skills, experience and knowledge and to reflect the communities the Association serves. They are drawn as widely as possible to reflect the Association’s responsibility to all of its stakeholders, including tenants, local residents and others interested in furthering social housing objectives locally.  So who are our board members?

Members of the Board of Management

(Chair) Beth Furneaux: Appointed September 2017 – Extensive experience in the social housing sector by serving as a former Councillor across Carlisle and Cumbria, leading on housing and Adult Social Care.  Within her working life, has spent 25 years working with people experiencing homelessness.

Margery Manfield-Cooke : Appointed September 2010 – Appointed Vice Chair in September 2015. Extensive experience working at a senior level for a national registered provider; skills/knowledge of supported  housing provision, HR and strategic management.

Allan Dickson : Appointed September 2011 – A working knowledge and experience in Housing, Health & Building. 40 years experience in Housing Building and Environmental Health in Local Government, together with 3 years experience in Project Management and Consultancy in the private sector, mainly in private sector housing/

Peter Fletcher:  Appointed September 2013 – Extensive senior officer/board experience in the social housing sector and as former Director/owner of housing and social care consultancy. Company Director and Secretary of a Community Development Trust and Clerk to Almshouse and Educational Charities.

Ian Tupling:  Appointed December 2014 – Previously long term Vice Chair of Lowther & District HA. Close involvement with Rural Housing provision and issues, and a Director of Eden Community Alarms.

Fra Cooke:  Appointed March 2015 – Appointed Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee in September 2015.  Experience as a Board Member and Chair of a wide range of commercial and not for profit organisations over 20 years.  Experienced in strategy development, organisational change and financial management and control including from a management perspective in the oil and gas sector.

Rev David Wood:  Appointed January 2016 -Former dairy-herdsman and van driver, now vicar of four parishes around Ullswater. Director of Eden Community Alarms for about 11 years, the last two as Chairman before the merger with EIL. Also a Parish Councillor on Barton Parish Council.

Bob Clark OBE:  Appointed January 2016 – Formerly Chief Executive of Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency with extensive knowledge of rural and economic development and the need for more businesses and affordable housing to retain a working population in rural Cumbria.

Neil Hughes: Appointed July 2017 – A current EHA tenant, and was an EHA Board Member from 2002 – 2011.  Current Cumbria County Councillor.  Between 2015 and 2017 was also Chair of Cumbria’s Health Scrutiny Committee.  Outside of politics and housing, Neil is interested in travel and particularly in public transport of all kinds.  He is part of the group which has helped keep the 106 Penrith-Shap-Kendal bus service on the road.

Danny Roper : Appointed January 2018 – A Chartered Accountant with a local company, specialising in Business Services and Corporate Tax knowledge. Has practical business experience from helping out in his family plumbing and heating business.

Amyn Fazal : Appointed September 2018 – Worked in financial services for over thirty years most recently as CEO of Penrith Building Society.  Experience in housing finance, leadership, strategic and operational management and delivering transformational change. Non-executive Director positions include Trustee at Prism Arts, Carlisle. Has a keen understanding of housing matters in general and of Eden’s and Cumbria’s particular needs and challenges in this area.

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