Our Board Members

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.

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.

(Vice Chair) Fra Cooke:  Appointed March 2015 – Appointed Vice Chair of the Association in September 2019.  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.

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.

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.

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.

Becky White : Co-opted 2017, Appointed to Board September 2019 – Having worked for Housing Associations for the majority of her career, Becky has in-depth knowledge around their core functions, ranging from housing management, supported housing, development and customer service.  Becky is passionate about ensuring that Eden communities thrive, that there is affordable well-maintained housing in the area and that the services and opportunities in the area are second to none.

Paul Foote : Appointed September 2019 – Has been a Solicitor in local Government, Metropolitan and District Councils for 40 years. Paul has experience in the legal aspects of housing management and issues of a legal nature relating to tenants and their needs and concerns. Has also held the position of Company Secretary and has experience and knowledge of Governance.

Charlotte Quinn : Appointed September 2019 –  An independent HR Consultant, having previously worked as an HR Director. With 20+ years’ experience in Human Resources, working across a range of sectors, she is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, Company Director and Company Secretary. Charlotte has worked in commercially focused, heavily regulated service organisations and brings experience of leading and managing business planning, cost improvement programmes, organisational change and restructure programmes.

Douglas Ross : Appointed September 2020 – Previously employed primarily within the public and social housing sectors, Doug prior to retirement was most recently employed as Finance Director and subsequently Managing Director of a Housing Association based in the North East of England.  He is an accountant and currently holds the positions of Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director of Believe Housing based in County Durham, whilst also being the independent Chair of the Audit and Standards Committee of the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Michael Baker : Appointed September 2020 – With 40 years in the construction industry, Mike has been a Director in both public and private sector organisations.  Mike’s relevant areas of expertise are in capital development, procurement and contract management, building standards, and current good practice and approach to these. Mike was formerly a Member of the Association for Project Management and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Midge Todhunter : Appointed September 2021 – A current EHA tenant, Midge brings a wealth of local knowledge and contacts in the media and beyond, experience as PR officer for well-known Cumbrian companies, and in businesses administration.  He is an author, journalist, associate editor, travel writer and photographer.   Midge is also a volunteer driver for Brampton Food Bank.

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