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Horton Housing’s Management Board meets every eight weeks and is responsible for setting the overall direction of the organisation and monitoring its performance.

This Board is also the Board for Horton Housing Support Limited and Bradford Base Social Enterprise Company Limited. [see our Organisation Structure]

The Board is made up of independent members who are not paid by the organisation but are interested in its work.

Members review performance measures for the organisation, set standards, monitor finances and make key strategic decisions for the organisation. Senior Management are responsible for implementing those decisions.
The Chair of the Board is Huw Jones.

Current Board Members:

Huw Jones

Huw was born in 1958 in Wimbledon, London. On leaving school he had number of jobs before going to Leeds University in 1982. Following graduation in 1985, he worked as a research assistant at the University on research into single homelessness before becoming a Housing Research Officer at Kirklees Council in 1987.

Huw moved to Leeds City Council in 1990 where, for 15 years, he was responsible for housing strategy, policy analysis, research and housing market assessment at a number of managerial levels.

Huw currently works for Renew, a charity dedicated to supporting the regeneration of neighbourhoods. Huw manages the Leeds Housing Partnership, provides information, advice and consultancy to housing providers and undertakes a range of housing market assessment work.

Ernie Gray

Ernie has been Secretary of the Board of Horton Housing since 2006 and has also served as a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Regional Board between 2009-12. He has considerable experience of working in complex political situations and of collaborative/partnership working.

Ernie is a housing professional with 38 years’ experience at strategic and operational levels in four London authorities and latterly Executive and Senior Management experience in the second largest housing authority in the UK.

Ernie has recently established Ernie Gray Consulting Ltd and can offer the skills and experience to provide leadership in developing and delivering creative solutions and quality results within timescale and budget.

James Austin

James is an employment law solicitor and has been advising clients (including housing associations) on employment law issues since 2002. He is also a part-time lecturer in employment law at Leeds University and a guest lecturer at Leeds City College and Wakefield College. 

James is a keen (but not particularly good) sportsman. He lives in Leeds with his partner and their two young children.

Bob Clayton

Bob has 19 years’ experience of working in social housing in a variety of roles. He is currently concentrating on income management and the implications of the welfare reform changes that will affect many clients over the years to come.

Steve Fox

Steve Fox is a director of a communications company based in Manchester. He works with a wide range of local authorities and housing associations across the country on their public relations and communications programmes.

Steve’s background is in housing, having spent seven years working for Calderdale Council in a variety of roles. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds a Master’s degree in Management.

He lives in Huddersfield and is married with two children.

Ray Milne

Ray Milne joined the Horton board in 2013 after several years as a trustee of Buttershaw-based Ripple Drug and Alcohol Services.

Ray qualified as an actuary on his way to becoming Marketing Director for Scottish Life in Edinburgh before joining Bank of Scotland in 2000 to head up a new Investments division.

Following the BoS/Halifax merger Ray moved to Yorkshire to become MD of Halifax Financial Services and, following the Lloyds acquisition of HBOS, he is currently Business Risk Director for all Retail Products across Halifax, Lloyds and Bank of Scotland.

He is a past Vice President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and was a member of the Council of the Faculty of Actuaries for many years.

A workaholic with a capacity for detail, Ray somehow manages to spend time with his wife and four children in Huddersfield by not playing much golf (for which he lacks talent), though he still plays a mean game of snooker.

David Noble

David has been associated with Horton Housing Association since July 2004. For much of this time he has chaired the Audit Committee of the Board of Management. David retired from KPMG in 2004 after 18 years working as a senior manager. His specialism was corporation tax and his role was to provide advice to large companies including banks and building societies.

Prior to that he worked for 15 years with the Inland Revenue where he managed several tax districts employing up to 100 people.

He continues to be actively involved with several sports clubs, participating as well as managing their financial affairs. He is married with two children and four grandchildren.

Wayne Noteman

Wayne was appointed Regeneration Director for Unity Housing Association in April 2010.

Before joining Unity he held a number of posts including Senior Projects Manager (Firebird JVC), Housing Projects Manager (Bradford Trident NDC) and was Housing Services, New Initiative Manager at Leeds City Council.

With over 30 years in housing regeneration, he has extensive knowledge of the sector. He is currently a school Governor and is on the Board of Horton Housing. He’s also served on a number of Boards, including Bradford and Leeds YouthBuild Trusts and Bradford Community Housing Trust (now InCommunities).

Wayne is passionately committed to improving the choices on offer to local communities through the provision of good quality affordable housing and support.

Sally Walker

Sally has been with Horton Housing since March 2009 as a board member and audit committee member.

She is a local Parish Councillor for Oakworth in Keighley Town Council, through which she became aware of one of our former services for teenage parents, MAPPS.

Sally has been a nurse, a manager and on various charity committees relating mainly to children, the elderly and vulnerable people for over 30 years.

Now in retirement she is actively participating in what is going on in her local area, hoping that the decisions made now can improve the future. Sally has two daughters and two grandchildren, who keep her on her toes.

Charlotte Watson

Charlotte works as a Homelessness Service Manager for a Housing Society.

She began working in the field of homelessness for Bradford Council in 1986 and has moved throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire in similar work ever since.

Charlotte lives in Huddersfield with her daughter and her son, who is at Manchester University.