Board of Management

Kelvin MacDonald

Chair of the Board of Management

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 Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee. He is a part-time Senior Lecturer at the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Brighton.

Until April 2022, he was an Examining Inspector dealing with major infrastructure projects for the Planning Inspectorate. He was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of Shelter and interim Chair of Shelter Scotland. He was the Director of Policy and Research and then the Chief Policy Adviser to the Royal Town Planning Institute.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Sarah Butler

Sarah had a career in higher education management. Nine of those years were as a senior manager (director of a division) and part of the senior professional services team, at the University of Sussex.

Although she specialised in academic affairs and quality assurance in the last fifteen years, she also had extensive experience of university governance and strategic planning. From 2006 to 2014, she was seconded half time to the national Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), working as an Assistant Director in the areas of standards, quality and enhancement.

Melanie Davis

Chair of the Operations and Personnel Committee

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.

Paul Featherstone

Paul joined the Board in April 2020, having previously been on the Board at Sussex Oakleaf.

In his early career, Paul was employed in local government and in 2001 was appointed as the Director of Support Services for Martlet Homes, a housing association in Chichester - later becoming Deputy Chief Executive.

Paul guided Martlet’s admission into the Hyde Group and became the Group’s Director of Risk and Compliance before returning to Chichester as Managing Director of Hyde Martlet. Paul is qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary and has a Master’s degree in Employment Law.

Paul retired in 2014 and enjoys spending time on his sailing boat and loves to travel. As well as other voluntary roles, Paul also enjoys occasionally working as the relief skipper of a small ferry in Chichester Harbour.

Peter Freeman

Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Peter has a wide experience in management and governance.

He is Chair of Governors at Coombe Road Primary School in Brighton. His previous Boards include BHASVIC Sixth Form College, 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.

Gerry Main

Gerry Main is a current BHT tenant and former BHT client, and brings a wealth of valuable experience and insight to the Board.

Gerry is currently a Project Support Worker for Turning Tides, a community-based homelessness organisation that is active across Sussex. He brings knowledge gained from courses in business, mental health awareness and counselling, as well as an internship with Routes focused on fundraising and promotional activities. He has first-hand experience of the positive role that work and learning can play in recovery. He has also volunteered with local charity Impetus, linking people to community services and groups that improve their health and wellbeing.

Gerry said:

I think having tenants on the Board will really help with keeping BHT in touch with its roots and commitment towards supporting and working with the most vulnerable people in our society.

Ian Millar

Ian lives in Brighton and has had extensive executive and non executive Board level experience across a range of public sector and charity organisations including housing.

He is a qualified accountant and has led on finance in health, education, criminal justice, financial services and local government. However, he also brings the Trust a track record of having led strategic planning, IT, estates, business development and communications, organisational development and transformational change for a range of large organisations.

Andrew Rose

Andrew has recently retired to the Brighton area having worked for much of his career as a Technology Director for a major financial institution.

He is a member of the Association of Project Management Professionals, and has extensive experience of project and programme management, investment management, strategic planning and risk management.

Andrew has been involved in a voluntary capacity in combatting homelessness for many years. He has served as a board member at two other Housing Associations, and was also a District Councillor where he was Chair of the Housing Service Committee.

Lawrence Santcross

Lawrence is currently the Chief Executive of Transform Housing & Support, a Surrey based supported housing association.

Prior to this he held Director level positions at both Notting Hill Genesis and the Home Group, where he has held a number of strategic and operational leadership roles. He is also currently a trustee of Surrey Youth Focus and a co-opted member of the Church of England’s Pension’s Board Housing Committee. In his spare time he particular enjoys spending time climbing mountains, cooking and travelling.

Mary Tawiah

Mary Tawiah is another current BHT tenant and former BHT client, bringing a diverse range of experience and skills to the Board.

Mary is a proud tenant of BHT and a graduate of the University of Sussex. During her studies, she was awarded the Sussex Excellence Scholarship and was a student representative for postgraduate students. She has worked for a variety of local organisations, including Southdown Housing, Lavender House, The Outlook Foundation and the NHS. She has volunteered for St Joseph’s Night Shelter, The Brighton Soup Run, St Anne’s Day Centre and Martlets.

Everything she does is strongly rooted in her deep love for mankind, as she believes we are all part of one human race. Mary is strongly committed to eradicating poverty and homelessness through empowerment, inclusion and education.

Angeline Walker

Angeline is a Consultant in Public Health, employed by NHS England.

For several years before undertaking Public Health specialty training in London, Angeline worked at Brighton & Hove Primary Care Trust alongside services for people experiencing problems with drug and alcohol use, mental health and those at risk of suicide.

During training and after qualifying, Angeline worked in managing the response to health emergencies and infectious diseases in the South East. Angeline’s current work includes supporting NHS England in commissioning evidence-based treatments for specialist services and tackling inequalities in health.

Angeline spends as much of her free time as she can out on the Downs, walking with her rescued greyhound, Bernard.

Nick Willmore

Nick joined the Board in April 2020, having previously been on the Board at Sussex Oakleaf.

Nick is a registered social worker who has been practicing since 1991. He is currently working with the Open University as a lecturer on the social work courses, after completing a Doctorate in Business Administration in 2017. Previously Nick has worked in adult social care as a Commissioner delivering support to senior management teams in councils and the NHS.

In his spare time Nick maintains several classic cars and motorcycles, although his wife keeps asking if he could take up something smaller like stamp collecting so she can get into the garage. In joining the Board Nick is keen to extend the support available to people with mental health needs and see that BHT continues to listen to front-line staff and all those that use our services.

Find Nick on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickwillmore

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