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.
Becoming a Board Member
Board Member vacancies are advertised locally. Applications are welcome from people with suitable skills from all sections of the community. Although Board Members are unpaid volunteers, support is available, such as assistance with transport for attending meetings, to ensure that no one is excluded from becoming a Board Member due to their personal circumstances.
Our Board Members
The Board consists of voluntary unpaid Members (maximum number of 12).
It currently has 10 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) Henry Barker: Appointed January 2009 – Appointed Chair in 2011. Experience in Scrutiny and Governance, skilled in ICT and its application, including Social Media. In depth knowledge of Housing and Community Issues. Knowledge of Governance within Education.
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.
Simon Hunt: Appointed March 2015 – A chartered accountant with 18 years post qualification experience. A creative leader who has worked and volunteered at a senior level in the public, charity and private sectors. Extensive experience in strategic planning and change management.
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.
Anne Cradock: Appointed July 2016 – Member of EHA Scrutiny panel from 2012 – 2016. Former Physical Education teacher, advisor, lecturer and consultant working for over 30 years with disabled people in sport in schools and communities. Still volunteering as a Boccia Referee and for other disability sport organisations in Cumbria and around England.
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.
Beth Furneaux: Appointed September 2017 – Extensive experience in the social housing sector by serving as a 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.