Richard began his career in the engineering office at Associated British Ports, Lowestoft. He prepared drawings, engineering documents, tenders and contracts for various works within the port estate.
He joined Norfolk County Council in 1989, where he spent 18 years. He worked as a Highways Development Control Officer and later with the Waste Management Team, looking after the county’s recycling centres.
Richard retired from his role as Service Manager for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils in 2017. He had represented both authorities on joint venture and partnership boards for outsourced services, including waste and recycling collections, the management and operation of leisure centres, and asset management of council properties.
More recently Richard completed a short term with Great Yarmouth Borough Council in the Planning and Growth Team. This looked at vacant commercial and domestic properties within the Borough and how best to encourage the owners to return them to use/occupation.
I believe that a society should provide some form of social housing and that it fulfils a vitally important sector of the housing provision. The opportunity for people to rent good quality properties coupled with a regulated and fair system of rent increase is essential.
Judith is an experienced HR leader and Executive Coach. She is Head of People for an international technology group based in Cambridge and a Fellow of the CIPD.
Judith has supported senior clinical leaders in the NHS and senior academics at the University of Cambridge, as well as entrepreneurs with big ideas. She had a long career with the John Lewis Partnership before starting her own company and starting a family at the same time.
Chair of the Board
Chris Ewbank, MBA Insead, BA Hons, was co-opted to the Board in April 2017 and took up the position of Chair following the AGM in September 2017.
Chris is the Chief Financial Officer/Senior Bursar of St John’s College, Cambridge, responsible for the college’s £525 million endowment, human resources, strategic planning, governance, regulatory compliance and fundraising. Before joining St John’s in 2005, Chris was Chief Operating Officer of Rothschild’s Asian Investment banking in Hong Kong, having joined Rothschild in 2000. Previously, he was an investment banker for Schroders in London, Singapore and New York. Chris qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Mike is currently employed as a non-executive director at Ongo Partnership Ltd, a social housing provider based in Lincolnshire, where he also serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mike is also a non-executive director at Nottingham Community Housing Association, and a member of its Audit and Risk committee.
Before Mike took early retirement, he was an experienced and successful executive director, with over 15 years’ experience on housing association executive management teams, reporting directly to the chief executive and the board of directors.
He has 7 years’ experience as a specialist housing consultant, including the creation of new housing associations to acquire former local authority properties. He was the project manager and lead advisor for the largest single housing stock transfer in England at the time.
Mike replaced Jon Barber as Chair of Broadland’s Group Audit and Risk Committee at our 2020 Annual General Meeting.
Simon Hibberd was a GP in Norfolk for almost 30 years. During that time he championed collaborative working across health and social services, integrating his North Elmham GP practice team with the local acute trust and agencies.
In 2004, before they became widespread, Simon set up patient representation groups at his practice’s surgeries. In 2009, he set up Breckland Care at Home, a community interest company, to bridge the gap with primary care and support vulnerable local people. He remains a director. His GP practice leadership was recognised twice by the Royal College of General Practice with a Quality Practice Award (the highest possible accolade) in 2004 and 2012.
Simon has participated widely in NHS bodies involved in primary care commissioning, and until 2017 was Chair of Members of South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, comprising representatives of the 24 local practices.
Why did Simon apply to join the board?
I like being part of an organisation of committed, enthusiastic people, but most of all I like seeing how much getting a new home transforms people lives. The genuine good feeling is difficult to over-emphasise. I am part of something worthwhile.
Martin started his career in the Royal Navy as a radio operator. He specialised in tactical communications and coded signals for the manoeuvring of ships in company at sea, via flag hoists and flashing light and voice.
Later when Martin was working in local government, his extensive communications and computer skills and experience led to him becoming a lead IT officer. He also worked closely with local police and social services, project managing and integrating their communications needs and those of the local council.
Martin’s early career means he takes a keen interest in homelessness, especially for armed forces veterans who can often feel they are a non-priority for housing. Martin currently volunteers for the Royal British Legion as a committee member.
Martin is a shared ownership tenant and looks forward to learning more about the social housing sector as a whole. He feels that he can bring a different perspective to the Board as a tenant, and looks forward to shaping the future policy and direction of the Association.
Michael has been Broadland Housing Group’s Chief Executive since May 2003. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
He has worked in the affordable housing sector since 1997, having previously worked for Flagship Housing Group and Anglia Housing Group. Previously Michael worked as a Chartered Surveyor in private practice in London, working for both Richard Ellis and Savills.
In 2013-14 he was the Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Previously held positions within the RICS include Vice Chair of the Global Management Board and Chair of the Communications Board, Public Affairs Committee and the UK Residential Policy Panel.
Michael is a Professional Member of the RICS Standards and Regulation Board, which sets practice standards and regulates chartered surveyors worldwide. Working with the Economic and Social Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Michael chaired an initiative to establish the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, which was launched in 2017, and now sits on its International Advisory Board.
He is a Visiting Fellow and Chair of the Real Estate and Land Management Advisory Board at the Royal Agricultural University. He is also the Chair of the Surveying Professional Advisory Board at Portsmouth University, where he studied 30 years ago, and which awarded him with an Honorary Doctor of Science in 2015 for services to both housing and also real estate education.
Away from housing, Michael is the Chair of the Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust, an educational charity running the 1300-seater art deco theatre in Norwich city centre, as well as the 300-seater Norwich Playhouse and an educational facility called Stage Two.
Michael Newey is person responsible for Broadland Housing being compliant with the Consumer Standards.
Gavin Tempest spent the first 30 years of his career working as a Police Officer. He worked as a Chief Inspector, Head of Community Safety in Norfolk, specialising in partnership working and operations management.
Gavin has a long track record bringing together housing-sector specific and non-housing related community agencies, helping to tackle broader local community issues through collaboration. He won a prestigious Home Office Tilley Award for partnership problem solving alcohol-related crime and disorder, and he has been part of national and local influence on policing responses to licensing, street prostitution and anti-social behaviour. Gavin was Project Director for the development of Neighbourhood Policing in Norfolk, and has a thorough understanding of operational issues facing housing providers.
Why did Gavin apply to become a board member?
I was coming to the end of a career as a police officer. I knew a little about social housing (mainly from an operational perspective) and wanted to find out more. I thought it would be interesting and help me to think more widely about things. I am pleased to say – it is and it has!
I enjoy learning new things and testing my (ageing) brain. I like the process of decision making and there is plenty of opportunity for that. I also like meeting people with different outlooks from different walks of life. Taking part in the board offers that.
Siobhan Trice works for Norfolk Constabulary. She has previous experience in ecological, engineering, brewing and retail sectors.
Siobhan has recently gained qualifications in housing, as well as adult and children’s mental health concerns, all of which are of particular interest to her.
Siobhan been a Broadland Housing Association tenant since May 2016, when she and her husband and family moved into one of our intermediate scheme homes. Siobhan and her family are delighted with her new home.
Keen to give something back to Broadland, she joined the Board as a tenant member in March 2017.