Combating Homelessness, Creating Opportunities, Promoting Change

Board of Management

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Joan Mortimer

Chair of the Board of Management

Joan MortimerJoan lives in Brighton and before her retirement in 2011 worked for an international IT and business services company, predominantly working with local government.

In the past she was a volunteer at the Brighton Women’s Centre, Women’s Aid and Lesbian Line and is a former member of the Threshold Management Committee. Joan brings strong business planning and strategic human resource skills, as well as experience of risk management and strategic commissioning.

She is committed to tackling the causes of poverty, homelessness and exclusion, and has a real understanding of the role of legal services in protecting basic human rights.

Sarah Butler

Hugh Burnett OBE

hugh burnettHugh is a former High Sheriff of East Sussex and is currently a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex.

A Chartered Accountant who has spent his whole career in sales and manufacturing, Hugh brings, amongst other things, extensive experience of strategic and business planning. He is a Trustee of Emmaus Brighton and Hove, the Sussex Vice Patron for Tomorrow’s People, and Chair of Newhaven-based Enterprise Works, a charity and social enterprise. He has extensive knowledge of key people in Brighton and Hove and within East Sussex.

Kirsty Coates

Chair of the Operations and Personnel Committee

kirsty_coates_W160Kirsty is currently Deputy Director of Photoworks, the UK’s leading development agency dedicated to photography.

In this role she works on development, strategic planning and operations. Previously HR Operations Manager for an international development charity based in Sussex supporting 450 employees in the UK, Africa and South Ease Asia. Kirsty also worked for some time in Westminster think tank, the Centre for Social Justice as Operations Director.

Originally from the Vale of Leven, near Glasgow, Kirsty has lived in Brighton for over 10 years and studied at the University of Brighton

Leona Daniel

leonna-daniel_W160Leona Daniel brings a wide range of legal experience to the Board having spent her working life as a solicitor, and has worked abroad in Zambia and Papua New Guinea.

Latterly Leona has specialised in family law and she has a particular expertise in children law. She has represented both parents and children in care proceedings. Families involved in care proceedings often have multiple problems, in areas such as housing, debt and substance misuse, where BHT offers such essential help. Leona has business experience having been a partner in a firm of solicitors and also run her own practice.

Melanie Davis

Melanie Davis’s background is in TV and media, and as a social justice campaigner.

She has been involved with many committees, as a volunteer member and Chair and as an elected Brighton & Hove City Councillor.

The committees included environment, community centres, schools, Citizens Advice Bureau, and several arts organisations.

Her strengths include motivating teams, recruiting volunteers, fund raising and improving communications. She is currently on the board of the new Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum and the Chair of the Friends of St Ann’s Well Gardens. She is also a representative on Community Works.

Peter Freeman

Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Peter FreemanPeter has a wide experience in management and governance.

He is Chair of Governors at BHASVIC Sixth Form College and a Governor at Coombe Road Primary School in Brighton. His previous Boards include the Institute of Development Studies, Shared Interest Society and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. He retired from the Department for International Development after ten years in senior posts, latterly as Director for Africa.

Roger Hinton

Roger is a retired chartered secretary who has lived in Brighton for over forty years.

He worked in various administrative and teaching jobs before retirement, most recently with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Roger has served on the board of the Teachers Housing Association, including a period as its chair. He currently chairs the Regency Society of Brighton and Hove.

Roger brings to the board considerable experience in the fields of governance, business planning and the development and management of social housing.

Kelvin MacDonald

Kelvin is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Land Economy, Cambridge and is the Specialist Adviser on planning policy to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton.

He is a contracted Examining Inspector dealing with major infrastructure projects for the Planning Inspectorate. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Shelter and a member of the Committee of Shelter Scotland until 2016. He was previously Director of Policy and Research and then the Chief Policy Adviser to the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Ian Millar

ian_millar_W160Ian lives in Brighton and is currently working as an executive board member of the largest NHS community health trust in London, responsible for all aspects of finance and corporate resources.

He brings experience from leading a range of public and private sector organisations.  As a qualified accountant he has led on finance in health, financial services and local government. However, he also brings the Trust a track record of having led strategic planning, IT, and organisational development and transformational change for a range of organisations.

Bill Randall

Bill Randall was a Brighton and Hove City Councillor for 12 years. He was Leader of the Council, Chair of the Housing and Communities Committee and Mayor of the City.

He was a partner in a successful publishing company and ran a PR consultancy working with housing organisations for 25 years. He was the first communications officer at both the National Federation of Housing Associations (NFHA) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) where he was the founding editor of Inside Housing.

He remains a regular columnist for the magazine. Housing Journalist of the Year 2000, he is the author of many housing publications. A former Chair of Shelter’s National Housing Aid Trust, he was a Family Housing Association (London) Committee Member and a Trustee of Age Concern, Brighton and Hove.

He is Chair of House, the contemporary arts element of the Brighton Festival, Chair of the Friends of St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton, and a Trustee of Allsorts and the Brighton Table Tennis Club.

Ailsa Suttie

Ailsa is currently Operations Director for Boundless, one of the UK’s largest membership associations offering experiences and benefits to civil service and public sector employees.

In her role Ailsa is responsible for the Digital, Member Services, Member Communities, People & Culture & HSBE strategy. Prior to this Ailsa spent 20 years in senior HR roles latterly in change management and transformation.

Originally from Edinburgh, Ailsa has lived on the South of England for 22 years, 18 of those in London and most recently just outside Lewes.

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