Meet the Board
Tenant board members
Samantha Macwilliam - Vice Chair of the Board
I have lived in Manchester all my life. My first home was in Hulme and my secondary school was here in Chorlton. My first council home in my name was in Blackley and I have lived here in Chorlton since 2001, altogether I have 19 years tenancy. I have experience in many areas of housing; from helping my elderly grandparents stay in their own home, to being a lone parent and dealing with Housing and Council Tax Benefits. I have a love of nature from wildflowers, to growing vegetables and I am extremely lucky to live near Chorlton Eees Nature Reserve and the River Mersey. It is my life experiences that caused me to apply for the Board, I hope to help ensure that our varying needs as tenants can be met, that our housing is of a good standard and that we the tenants are fully represented.
I applied to be a Tenant Board Member because I care about safety and cleanliness in our community, about those of us struggling to manage to cope with Welfare Reforms, about our young people and the issues they face, and about keeping social housing affordable for all. As Tenants, we have benefited greatly from the support we have had from Southway in these difficult times.
As a Tenant Board Member I hope to continue to raise awareness of the issues many Tenants face, particularly those of us caring for disabled children and older relatives at home. and to work with the Board to develop and continue to support, the positive changes that Southway are making for all of our community.
Memuna appointed as a tenant Board member at the AGM in September 2013. Memuna lived in London most of her life but moved to Manchester and fell in love with Chorlton. Memuna is joining the board with a wealth of knowledge in different areas of the Law. Memuna is an LLB Law holder and has passion in advising people, she spends her spare time by volunteering in the community.
Memuna hopes that she can use her skills and experience in representing tenants in decisions that will affect their well being and give them peace of mind.
I have lived in Chorlton for many years and decided to become a tenant board member due to my interest in social housing. I currently work for Central Manchester Foundation Trust NHS and have much experience in analysing performance data which is required for my role. In addition to being a board member I am also on the performance and resource committee. Through my background knowledge and work experiences I believe I will be able to positively contribute to Southway’s vision for the Trust and decision making which impacts on tenants
Local Authority Board Members
Councillor Joanna Midgley
Councillor Midgley was elected to represent Chorlton Park Ward in 2012 and joined Southway's Board shortly after. She also sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. Prior to becoming a Local Councillor she worked for five years for Manchester Housing in supporting housing for homeless women and young people and is now teaching phychology at a Sixth Form College. She supports local Residents and Community Groups in the Chorlton Park area and is keen to use her position on the Board to make a positive difference to all tenants, particulary those affected by the recent Welfare Reforms.
Councillor Bev Craig
Councillor Bev Craig is a Local Authority Board Member appointed at the AGM on the 20th September 2011. She is a Labour Party Councillor for the Burnage ward and will sit on the Audit and Risk Committee as well as the Southway Housing Trust Board.
Sean McGonigle (Council Nominee)
I completed an Economics degree at Manchester Polytechnic in 1983 and started my career in local government as a clerical officer in a Housing Office for Manchester City Council. I moved to Tameside M.B.C. to become an Estate Management Officer for two years returning to Manchester in early 1990 as a Team Leader in Ardwick Neighbourhood office. After three and a half years I gained promotion and moved to become Principal Housing Team Leader covering Hulme and Moss Side.
In August 1997 I co-ordinated the development of a comprehensive community focussed regeneration programme widely acknowledged by the Government as one of the most innovative and successful in the country tackling one of the most deprived areas of the country.
The NDC scheme merged with New East Manchester, an Urban Regeneration Company, in October 2007 and I took on more responsibility as Deputy Chief Executive of NEM. In October 2009 I moved back into mainstream Council service delivery as Assistant Chief Executive for Neighbourhood Strategy and Delivery for the Neighbourhood Services Directorate. In June 2013 I was asked to move across to a new role as Assistant Chief Executive (Growth) supporting the Council’s ambition to accelerate residential growth in the city.
Independent Board Members
Emma Richman - Chair of the Board
Emma has worked in not-for-profit housing since 1997. She is currently Director of Assets for a large housing organisation. She has a BSc in architecture, planning and environment studies and a BSc in building surveying. Emma brings extensive knowledge of housing investment and regeneration.
John Gallagher - Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
John is now retired, having worked for over forty years in the National Health Service. Over half of his career has been spent at various hospitals in South Manchester culminating in the post of Director of Estates and Facilities at The Christie Hospital. John has extensive experience in the management of Estates including the implementation of major and minor capital developments.
Iain Leviston - Chair of Performance & Resources Committee
Iain lives in Withington and is a qualified accountant who has worked for a large multi-national accountancy firm since 2000. He currently acts as an audit manager across a range of clients within the the public sector including a number of social housing organisations, and has also undertaken a number of advisory projects within the sector.
Roger is Chief Operating Officer at The Christie Foundation Trust in Withington, a position he has held for over six years and has extensive experience of working on large capital projects, as well as being ultimately responsible for the management of an operational budget of £150million. Roger's skills and experience greatly assist the Board make informed decisions about the acquisition and development of new properties and help to guide Southway through the financial challenges that lie ahead, as well as providing strategic acumen.
All board members have signed a Declaration of Interest and Code of Conduct form