Meet the Board

People round a boardroom table

Our board is ultimately responsible for delivering our vision of improving people’s lives by providing quality homes in successful communities.

It is made up of tenants and councillors from across Kirklees who work with us to make decisions on how we deliver our services to tenants.

Our board is responsible for setting strategies and policies and have a range of skills, experience and qualities required to make decisions and monitor our performance.

Councillor Naheed Mather

Councillor Naheed Mather

Board Chair

Naheed began her career in local government as a personnel officer before moving into higher education as a principle lecturer at Bradford and Huddersfield University, and member of the National Executive Committee of the University and College Union (UCU).

She has over 25 years of local government and higher education experience, and has been very active in the community and voluntary sectors; across housing, education, and trade unions. Naheed is a former magistrate and currently serves as a member of the Employment Tribunal Service.

She also has a wealth of experience in leading on, initiating and policy development, gained both as a Cabinet member and former chair and member of numerous boards and organisations, including a housing association.

Naheed’s key priority as chair of KNH would be to ensure the fulfilment of our commitment to keep our tenants at the heart of decision making; to use our land to deliver 31,000 houses over 15 years with an adequate supply of affordable and extra care homes throughout the district.

Paul White

Paul White

Council Representative

Paul has lived in Kirklees since 1985 and is ‘early’ retired having spent most of his career in local government as a Chartered Surveyor. He brings wide experience in property management and development after working on large-scale economic regeneration programmes.

He has been a Meltham Town Councillor since 2011 and Chair of local school governors, and he spends much of his ‘retirement’ caring for his youngest son who has complex special needs.

Paul is a member of the Main Board, the Audit Committee, the Delivery Committee and the Strategy Committee

Eamon Croston

Eamon Croston

Council Representative

Eamonn has been with Kirklees Council since joining in 1990 through the graduate accounting trainee programme and is now an integral member of the Council’s Senior Leadership Team.

During his time at Kirklees, Eamonn has supported KNH on many key developments bringing an enthusiasm for tenant engagement.

As well as a Board Director for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Eamonn is also a Board Director for a local social enterprise based in the Ashbrow ward in Huddersfield.

Councillor Andrew Marchington

Councillor Andrew Marchington

Council Representative

Andrew has lived and worked in the Colne Valley for most of his life. He was elected to Kirklees Council to represent the Golcar Ward for the first time in 2004 and continues to do so.

Having served as Kirklees Cabinet Member with responsibility for housing and member of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is a former Chair of the Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Partnership.

Cllr Andrew C G Marchington is a member of the Main Board, the Audit Committee and the Strategy Committee.

Serena Johnson

Serena Johnson

Tenant Representative

Serena is one of the youngest members on the KNH Board and a KNH tenant since 2006. She previously worked in broadcast TV as a researcher for Calendar News, switching to a career in community engagement and development after 2011.

Her university placement was with KNH and the experience has been very influential and the inspiration to join the KNH Board.

Serena wants to use her position on the Board to ensure that the customer's voice is heard and young people are inclusive of that and is very excited to be involved in shaping the organisation.

Councillor Carole Pattison

Councillor Carole Pattison

Council representative

Carole has always had an interest in housing, with a 40-year career in the sector across various organisations serving many roles and positions at all levels.

As an elected member of Kirklees Council and Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning, Aspiration and Communities. She is passionate about housing and sees good housing as being fundamental in providing tenants with good life opportunities.

Carole is the vice-chair of our Board and a member of the Property sub-committee and will be taking a special interest in the work of the Property Directorate and Committee.

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