Our Board has four reserved places for council nominees and eight places for independents, including the Chair. To find out more about our Chair and Board Members, please click on the links below. To find out more about the role of YHN Board members, visit A day in the life of a Board Member
  • Chair

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    Jo Boaden CBE

    Jo joined the YHN Board as Chair in September 2017. She is also the Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium and has previously held senior roles in the public and private sector including: Director of Information and Business and Enterprise North East, Chief Executive of the North East Regional Assembly and Director of Bridging NewcastleGateshead, a Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder.

    Jo started her career as an Environmental Health Officer in Glasgow and since then has worked in London and the North West, gaining an LLB (Hons) and MBA as she developed her career in Housing. She has also previously worked at Newcastle City Council as an Area Director and is a former Justice of the Peace and board member of Equality NE.

    She is a Visiting Fellow of Newcastle University Business School and one of the Commissioners for the NHC Commission for Housing in the North. Jo was awarded a CBE for services to housing in 2018.
  • Council Board members







    Veronica Dunn (1) low res Veronica Dunn

    Veronica was appointed to the Board by Newcastle City Council in May 2012. Veronica previously served as a YHN Council Board Member between June 2009 and May 2011.

    Veronica is a Labour Councillor for Byker and is also a Cabinet Member for Resources. She has been a councillor since 2007 and is also a member of the Tyne and Wear Pensions Committee and the North East Regional Employers Organisation for Local Authorities.

    Veronica is Vice Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee.
      Alistair Chisholm

      Alistair was appointed to the Board by Newcastle City Council in July 2018. Alistair was elected as a Labour Councillor for Ouseburn ward in 2018. He has worked in the advice sector in local and national roles, with experience of debt advice policy and service delivery. His published research includes public sector debt collection, financial abuse and welfare reform.

    He is a former chair of the Addressing Financial Difficulty Group, and former vice chair of the Institute of Money Advisers. He is currently employed as Head of Advice Sector Policy and Partnerships for PayPlan, a free debt advice provider.

      Alistair is a member of our Finance and Performance Committee.
    Doreen Huddart low res Doreen Huddart

    Doreen was appointed to the Board by Newcastle City Council in May 2012. Doreen previously served as a YHN Council Member between June 2006 and May 2007.

    Doreen is a Liberal Democrat Councillor for North Heaton. She is a member of the Tyne & Wear Joint Trading Standards Committee Doreen is also a governor of the North East Ambulance Service and a member of the Royal College of Nursing.

    Doreen is a Director of our Asfaleia Limited Subsidiary Company.
    Joyce McCarty low res Joyce McCarty (Vice Chair)

    Joyce is a Labour councillor for Wingrove ward and is also Deputy Leader of the Council.Alongside policy co-ordination work with the Leader, her main area of responsibility is to ensure that the Council works in the interests of fairness and tackling inequalities. She leads on financial inclusion and the Council’s response to the impact of welfare reform on the residents of the city.

    Joyce is a Director of our Abri Trading Limited Subsidiary Company and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee.
  • Independent Board members

    Malcolm Page Malcolm joined the Board in 2015. He is Chief Operating Officer at Teesside University, joining in 2013 from his position as Executive Director of Commercial and Corporate Services at Sunderland City Council. He has previously worked as Deputy Chief Executive at the Regional Development Agency, One North East and is a fully qualified accountant. Malcolm brings with him considerable strategic, corporate and resource management experience and a strong track record of operating and delivering at Board level. Malcolm is the Chair of our Finance and Performance Committee and a Director of our Abri Trading Limited Subsidiary Company
    Elaine Snaith low res Elaine Snaith Elaine joined the Board in September 2010.  She is very supportive of YHN’s focus on the local community and looking forward to helping to sustain and improve the services we deliver to our customers. Elaine has over 15 years experience of working in local government and as the former Assistant Chief Executive at Gateshead Housing Company has experience of working for an ALMO. Elaine was the Chief Executive and monitoring officer for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria. Elaine is a member of our Finance and Performance Committee.
    Paul Scope (3) low res Paul Scope Paul joined the Board in May 2015, having previously sat as Independent Vice Chair of the Audit Committee since August 2013. He is a partner in a major regional law firm, headquartered in Newcastle. Paul was previously an in-house solicitor for a FTSE 250 group of companies in London, before returning to his native North East. He has a great deal of experience in commercial and legal matters - and currently specialises in HR and employment law. He works with a diverse range of companies, including major housing organisations, and is a Governor of a Senior School in Whitley Bay. Paul is a Director of our Abri Trading Limited Subsidiary Company and a member of our Group Audit and Risk Committee.
    Richard Clark Richard joined the Board in September 2017. He has had a long career in housing and regeneration spanning several different types of organization including executive and non-executive roles in local authorities, an NGO, housing associations and consultancy sectors. Richard has worked in several English regions including Tyneside and London. Richard was the CEO of Midland Heart in a period where the association grew from 9,000 homes to one of 33,000 homes and became the largest non-specialist provider of care and support in Britain. The association was one of the leading bodies in the development of social investment and regeneration programmes in England in the 1990s. Richard has been a member of a number of charitable and partnership boards as well as being the national chair of the NHF and an innovative housing association in the North West and was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to housing. Richard is the Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee.
    Kevin Lowry Kevin joined the Board in September 2017. He is a Housing Professional with 40 years experience. He has been a Chief Executive Officer of Housing Associations, Arms Length Management organisations (ALMO's) as well as Director of Housing for Local Authorities. He has also worked for Charities, Trusts and supported housing projects. Kevin has lived and worked in many parts of the country but has made his home in the North East since 2011. Kevin now runs a consultancy focussing on management and service improvement programmes, executive coaching and business reviews. Kevin is a member of the Group Audit and Risk committee.
    Helen Simpson Helen joined the Board in September 2017. She currently Chairs Trustees Unlimited, (a partnership which matches senior potential Trustees with charities who need their skills), leads consulting and coaching projects with Simpson & Associates and is a Trustee of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity. Helen previously held senior executive roles in business development. IT, transformation and strategy with BT and before that BP. After many years based in London she has returned home to the north and enjoys using her mix of commercial and charitable expertise to make a difference. Helen is a Director of our Asfaleia Limited Subsidiary Company.
  • Co-optees



    Bill Tebay

    Bill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has worked in social and affordable housing throughout a long and successful career.

    Most of his working life has been spent in the North East where he has occupied Director roles in housing management, development and asset management. Latterly Bill has worked in Worcester where, as Managing Director, he successfully merged two in house contracting teams to provide maintenance services to 3 housing associations comprising 22000 units.

    He was also responsible for a £5M refurbishment of three high rise blocks in the centre of Worcester and developed 250 new build units before returning to the North East in 2018.