Board and Committee Members are volunteers. Some of these are Southway tenants, some are nominated by Manchester City Council, and some are independent members appointed to provide specific expertise. Appointments to the governance structure are skills-based, within a constituency-based membership framework.

Below details areas of responsibility and members within our structure:

  • Southway Housing Trust Parent Board

    Southway Housing Trust Parent Board has overall responsibility for Southway's direction and activities and for financial management, development and investment decisions. It sets Southway's vision and objectives, and establishes strategies and frameworks for the delivery of these. The Parent Board delegates powers and activities to its Committees, and sets the frameworks within which they must operate.

    The members are:

    Sam Macwilliam (Chair) 

    Sam is the Chair of the Parent Board and a Member of the Southway DevCo Board.  She joined Southway in 2011. As Chair, Sam provides leadership to the Parent Board and works closely with the Chief Executive to ensure the strong and effective governance of the organisation. 
     
    Sam is a Southway tenant, living in the Chorlton Park area. She is involved in a range of community activities including her local Tenant and Resident Association. Sam is passionate about providing effective services for our tenants and about environmental sustainability which she has championed on the Board.  
    Fiona Worrall
    With almost 30 years Local Authority experience Fiona is Chief Operating Officer – Neighbourhoods at Manchester City Council.

    Fiona is a Manchester resident now living on the north side of the city having been brought up in Burnage within our local footprint.

    Fiona is currently responsible for the planning and delivery of local and citywide neighbourhood services; this includes the City’s Libraries, Parks and Leisure services, a range of compliance and enforcement functions as well as operational neighbourhood based services such as grounds maintenance, markets and cemeteries.

    Fiona works with staff, partners and communities to develop programmes of activity to enable communities to develop and thrive and to become more sustainable.

    Fiona is responsible for the leadership and delivery of the Crime and Disorder Strategy which is focussed on the reduction of crime and anti social behaviour within Manchester neighbourhoods. In addition Fiona is responsible for ensuring that the city is sufficiently prepared to respond to any major incident or emergency.

    Iain Leviston

    Iain is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway DevCo Board. He joined Southway in 2010.
     
    Iain is an auditor at a large national firm. In this role he engages with a wide range of housing providers, so has great insight into different ways of doing things, as well as potential risks and challenges facing Southway. He has a good understanding of financial and assurance matters, which is of great help to the Board in scrutinising Southway's activities.
    Councillor Joanna Midgley

    Joanna is a Member of the Parent Board, the Southway DevCo Board, and the Audit and Risk Committee. She joined Southway in 2012.
     
    Joanna is a Labour Councillor for Chorlton Park, one of Southway's core areas, and works actively to engage with local residents about the issues that affect them. She is the Council's Mental Health Champion, and a passionate campaigner for better support for people with mental health issues. She also serves on the Council's Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee.
    Roger Spencer

    Roger is a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway Plus Board. He joined Southway in 2013.
     
    Roger is Chief Executive of the Christie, a role in which he is responsible for managing significant budgets and achieving efficiencies, managing and developing estates and facilities, taking part in commercial ventures and partnership arrangements, participating in assurance processes, and engaging with the public, staff and stakeholders. He brings enormous energy and experience to his role at Southway.
    Memuna Bangura

    Memuna is  the Chair of the People and Places Committee, a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway DevCo Board. She joined Southway in 2013.
     
    Memuna is a Southway tenant, living in the Chorlton Park area, and feels it is important for tenants to be involved in decision making. She works as a homelessness Project Officer for another social housing provider and previously worked as a legal advisor. Whilst on Southway's Board, she has completed courses in housing management and leadership and management skills, and has a good understanding of the policy changes that are affecting Southway.
    Tony Powell
    Tony has over 40 years’ experience of working in Local Authority and Social Housing. Extensive knowledge of Housing Management, Housing Advice, Homelessness, Supported Housing, and community Regeneration. In recent years, he has developed a number of partnerships/consortiums, and has established the Commercial Partnership Directorate which has enabled the Group to position itself to achieve its wider Corporate Plan objectives.

    As a member of the Jigsaw Management Team, he is responsible for developing and delivering the strategic direction of the Group, Performance Monitoring, Risk Assessments, Governance, new development, asset management and New Charter Building Company.

    Tony is a Director of the Great Academy Education Trust, Chair of Governors at a local Primary School, and Board Member for Challenge4Change.

     
    Clare Tostevin

    Clare is a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway Plus Board, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She joined the Board in April 2016, having previously served on a Commercial Advisory Panel for Southway.
     
    Clare is Director of Communities at a Greater Manchester Social Landlord, where she has been a part of the Executive Group since 2008 . She has substantial experience in public, private and regulatory bodies, which has helped her to develop strong leadership skills and an ability to see the bigger picture.
    Mark Taylor

    Mark is a Member of the Parent Board, the Southway DevCo Board and the Audit and Risk Committee. He joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Mark is the founder and Commercial and Finance Director of a South Manchester based residential property business, which delivers new build homes and provides an accommodation solution for young professionals. He is a qualified accountant with broad executive and financial experience in the NHS and the private sector. He brings commercial expertise, along with an understanding of Southway's neighbourhoods and proeprty issues.

     

  • Executive Group
    Our Executive Group puts the plans and strategies of the Southway Board into practice.

    In 2015, Southway Housing Trust adopted a new and ambitious Futures Strategy, wherein the Trust will be getting involved in a number of new business areas.
     
    As part of the implementation of this strategy, the Executive Group has been restructured, to ensure we have the right people in the right roles to deliver our vision and objectives.
     
    The executive positions and post holders are:

    Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive

     

    Karen has been Chief Executive of Southway since the stock transfer in 2007, and is proud of the progress we have made in improving homes, services and opportunities in our neighbourhoods.

    As the head of an independent, community based organisation, Karen believes passionately in our vision, objectives and the Trust’s commitment to our residents and the wider community.

    Our ambitious Futures Strategy, adopted in 2015, sets out an exciting future for Southway, and details how we will use the strong financial position we have created to deliver more as a housing provider. Increasing the supply of new homes, profit for purpose initiatives, and innovation in areas where we lead the way - including our work to reduce loneliness amongst older people, as part of our Age Friendly Neighbourhoods Approach, and our Green Strategy, which focuses on maintaining our beautiful green spaces – are just a few examples of how we intend to grow as an organisation and enrich the lives of members of our community.

    Jane Gant, Strategic Director - People & Places

    Jane brings more than 25 years' experience working in housing to her role as Strategic Director of People and Places. She is currently responsible for the Landlord and Community Services at Southway. 

    Jane has a real passion for South Manchester and the people who live there, and is committed to delivering excellent services. 

    Matt Roberts, Strategic Director – Property and Development

    Matt has been Strategic Director of Property and Development since December 2017, and has worked in Social Housing Asset Management for over 25 years, delivering many significant development and improvement programmes throughout his career.

    Matt firmly believes in the benefits that investing can have in maximising the social value of our properties and how, in turn, this can positively impact the lives of our residents and the local environment. 

    As Strategic Director, Matt is keen to build upon our existing development strategy by increasing the supply of new affordable homes and developing new sources of income, all whilst continuing to provide affordable homes and excellent services to those who need them most.

    David Clermont, Chief Financial Officer

    David has been Chief Financial Officer since 2015. He joined Southway in 2008 as the Head of Finance, shortly after the housing stock was transferred from Manchester City Council, overseeing the delivery of the £100 million+ stock investment programme.

    David is a Chartered Accountant, with over 25 years' experience in social housing. Previously, he worked as an auditor in practice and at the Housing Corporation, the regulator of the sector, assessing the financial viability and regulatory compliance of housing associations. 

    At Southway, David maintains our strong financial position, ensuring funds are available to finance future development projects, and preparing annual Business Plans and Budgets which assess the strategic priorities and the financial risks the organisation faces.

    David also has responsibility for Southway's Value for Money Strategy, in addition to continuing to deliver financial results and levels of community investment which see Southway well-placed in a range of sector benchmarks and VFM metrics.

    Matthew Maouati, Head of Governance & Performance

    Matthew has worked for Southway since the stock transfer in 2007. His remit includes managing the schedule and meetings for Southway's Board and Committee members, Data Protection, and Performance and Risk Management.

    Prior to joining the Executive Team, Matthew spent a number of years working in the Housing Management Services. He is passionate about our communities, committed to ensuring that Southway delivers a quality service, and always seeking out new and innovative approaches for Southway to advance and improve. 


     

  • Southway DevCo Board

    Southway DevCo Board is a subsidiary which carries out development activities.

    The members are:

    Sam Macwilliam (Chair) 

    Sam is the Chair of the Parent Board and a Member of the Southway DevCo Board.  She joined Southway in 2011. As Chair, Sam provides leadership to the Parent Board and works closely with the Chief Executive to ensure the strong and effective governance of the organisation. 
     
    Sam is a Southway tenant, living in the Chorlton Park area. She is involved in a range of community activities including her local Tenant and Resident Association. Sam is passionate about providing effective services for our tenants and about environmental sustainability, which she has championed on the Board.  
    Iain Leviston

    Iain is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway DevCo Board. He joined Southway in 2010.
     
    Iain is an auditor at a large national firm. In this role, he engages with a wide range of housing providers, so has great insight into different development strategies, in addition to potential risks and challenges facing Southway. He has a profound understanding of financial and assurance matters, which is of great help to the Board in scrutinising Southway's activities.
    Councillor Joanna Midgley

    Joanna is a Member of the Parent Board, the Southway DevCo Board, and the Audit and Risk Committee. She joined Southway in 2012.
     
    Joanna is a Labour Councillor for Chorlton Park, one of Southway's core areas, and works actively to engage with local residents about the issues that affect them. She is the Council's Mental Health Champion, and a passionate campaigner for better support for people with mental health issues. She also serves on the Council's Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee.
    Memuna Bangura

    Memuna is the Chair of the People and Places Committee, a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway DevCo Board. She joined Southway in 2013.
     
    Memuna is a Southway tenant, living in the Chorlton Park area, and feels it is important for tenants to be involved in decision making. She works as a Homelessness Project Officer for another social housing provider and previously worked as a Legal Adviser. Whilst on Southway's Board, she has completed courses in Housing Management and Leadership and Management Skills, and has a firm understanding of the policy changes that are affecting Southway.
    Mark Taylor

    Mark is a Member of the Parent Board, the Southway DevCo Board and the Audit and Risk Committee. He joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Mark is the founder and Commercial and Finance Director of a South Manchester based residential property business, delivering new build homes and an accommodation solution for young professionals. He is a qualified accountant, with broad executive and financial experience in the NHS and the private sector. His commercial expertise and understanding of Southway's neighbourhoods and property issues are invaluable to the Parent Board.
  • Southway Plus Board

    Southway Plus Board is a subsidiary that carries out commercial activities.

    The members are:


    Tony Powell



    Tony has over 40 years’ experience of working in Local Authority and Social Housing and possesses extensive knowledge of Housing Management, Housing Advice, Homelessness, Supported Housing, and Community Regeneration. In recent years, he has developed a number of partnerships and established the Commercial Partnership Directorate, enabling the Group to advance towards achieving its wider Corporate Plan objectives.

    As a member of the Jigsaw Management Team, he is responsible for developing and delivering the strategic direction of the Group, Performance Monitoring, Risk Assessments, Governance, New Development, Asset Management and New Charter Building Company.

    Tony is a Director of the Great Academy Education Trust, Chair of Governors at a local Primary School, and Board Member for Challenge4Change.

     
    Roger Spencer

    Roger is a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway Plus Board. He joined Southway in 2013.
     
    Roger is Chief Executive of the Christie, a role in which he is responsible for managing significant budgets and achieving efficiencies, managing and developing estates and facilities, taking part in commercial ventures and partnership arrangements, participating in assurance processes, and engaging with the public, staff and stakeholders. He brings enormous energy and experience to his role at Southway.
    Clare Tostevin

    Clare is a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway Plus Board, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She joined the Board in April 2016, having previously served on a Commercial Advisory Panel for Southway.
     
    Clare is Director of Communities at a Greater Manchester Social Landlord, where she has been a part of the Executive Group since 2008. She has substantial experience in public, private and regulatory bodies, which has helped her to develop strong leadership skills and an ability to see the bigger picture.
    Karen Mitchell
     
    Karen has been Chief Executive of Southway since the stock transfer in 2007, and is proud of the progress we have made in improving homes, services and opportunities in our neighbourhoods.

    As the head of an independent, community based organisation, Karen believes passionately in our vision, objectives and the Trust's commitment to our residents and the wider community.

    Our ambitious Futures Strategy, adopted in 2015, sets out an exciting future for Southway, and details how we will make the most of the strong financial position we have created to deliver more as a housing provider. Increasing the supply of new homes, profit for purpose initiatives, and innovation in areas where we lead the way - including our work to reduce loneliness amongst older people, as part of our Age Friendly Neighbourhoods Approach, and our Green Strategy, which focuses on maintaining our beautiful green spaces - are just a few examples of how we intend to grow as an organisation and enrich the lives of members of our community.

     

    Matt Roberts


    Matt has been Strategic Director of Property and Development since December 2017, and has worked in Social Housing Asset Management for over 25 years, delivering many significant development and improvement programmes throughout his career.

    Matt firmly believes in the benefits that investing can have in maximising the social value of our properties and how, in turn, this can positively impact the lives of our residents and the local environment.

    As Strategic Director, Matt is keen to build upon our existing development strategy by increasing the supply of new affordable homes and developing new sources of income, all whilst continuing to provide affordable homes and excellent services to those who need them most.

  • People & Places Committee
    The People and Places Committee is the focus for monitoring delivery of our core affordable landlord services. It sets policies and scrutinises performance. This Committee is responsible for ensuring the Trust understands the impact the landlord service has on local communities. It will receive reports and feedback directly from tenant groups and consultations.
    We are currently looking for another member of the People and Places Committee. If you would like the power to shape South Manchester for local people, and to help improve Southway's services and hold us to account, contact m.maouati@southwayhousing.co.uk.
     
    The members are:

    Memuna Bangura (Chair)

    Memuna is  the Chair of the People and Places Committee, a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway DevCo Board. She joined Southway in 2013.
     
    Memuna is a Southway tenant, living in the Chorlton Park area, and feels it is important for tenants to be involved in decision making. She works as a homelessness Project Officer for another social housing provider and previously worked as a legal advisor. Whilst on Southway's Board, she has completed courses in housing management and leadership and management skills, and has a good understanding of the policy changes that are affecting Southway.
    Councillor Ben Clay  

    Ben is a member of the People and Places Committee. He joined Southway in September 2018.

    Ben is a Labour Councillor for Burnage, one of Southway's core areas, working on the issues and concerns of Southway tenants and other residents through casework and community engagement. Ben co founded Tenants Union UK in 2016, which campaigns to protect tenants’ rights and improve housing policy, and has policy development and scrutiny skills from his role on council committees.

    Councillor Gavin White Gavin is a Member of the People and Places Committee. He joined Southway in September 2018.
    Gavin is a Labour Councillor for Old Moat, one of Southway’s core areas, and his engagement with residents has given him an in depth understanding of the local housing and community issues affecting our tenants. His experience in the charity sector and local government has allowed him to develop skills in governance, scrutiny and policy development. Gavin has lived in Old Moat for over 20 years and is active with local groups such as Friends of Old Moat Park, Withington Civic Society and Old Moat Primary School, who all partner with Southway Housing in the Old Moat and Withington area.
    Jim Hutton 
    Jim is a Southway tenant living in the Chorlton Park area and feels passionate about tenants being involved in decision making processes.
    Jim was the Chair of the Southway Tenant Scrutiny Panel from June 2016 to September 2018. Jim is involved in several ways at Southway. He attends the Residents Consultative Group (RCG) meetings, is on the Complaints SIG (Service Improvement Group), is a member of Independent Tenant Solutions (a group made up from tenants of four different housing association that review external complaints) and is a Green Inspector.
    Due to Jim’s time on the Tenant Scrutiny Panel and RCG he has a good understanding of Southway policy and how the company operates.
    In addition to his work with Southway, Jim runs Mad Dogs-a Homeless Street Project, an organisation which feeds homeless people six nights a week and signposts people living on the streets to other agencies to seek housing.
    Michelle Duhaney

    Michelle is a Member of the People and Places Committee. Prior to this she served as a Board Member from September 2013 until March 2016.
     
    Michelle is a Southway tenant, living in the Arrowfield Road nieghbourhood. She works as a Clinical Information Analyst, and brings an ability to scrutinise the information provided to the Committee by Southway's Executive. She is committed to making sure Southway's neighbourhoods are desirable places to live, for this and future generations.
     
    Fiona Worrall 
    With almost 30 years Local Authority experience Fiona is Chief Operating Officer – Neighbourhoods at Manchester City Council.

    Fiona is a Manchester resident now living on the north side of the city having been brought up in Burnage within our local footprint.

    Fiona is currently responsible for the planning and delivery of local and citywide neighbourhood services; this includes the City’s Libraries, Parks and Leisure services, a range of compliance and enforcement functions as well as operational neighbourhood based services such as grounds maintenance, markets and cemeteries.

    Fiona works with staff, partners and communities to develop programmes of activity to enable communities to develop and thrive and to become more sustainable.

    Fiona is responsible the leadership and delivery of the Crime and Disorder Strategy which is focussed on the reduction of crime and anti social behaviour within Manchester neighbourhoods. In addition Fiona is responsible for ensuring that the city is sufficiently prepared to respond to any major incident or emergency.
    Ursula Pabisch

    Ursula is a Member of the People and Places Committee. She joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Ursula is a Southway tenant living in Burnage. She is an experienced language teacher, and also spends time getting involved in her local community, for example sitting on the steering group for a local radio station. Ursula feels strongly that tenants should be involved in shaping the future of Southway and our communities. She used to be a member of our Tenant Scrutiny Panel, which enabled her to develop a good understanding of Southway's objectives and policies, and how the business is run.
     
    Hazel Makinson
    Hazel joined the People and Places committee as a Co-optee in 2018. She has over 14 years working in the Not for Profit sector – over 5 years of those in social housing. She brings a wealth of transformation and change experience that puts the customer at the heart of the service experience. She challenges the norm but ensures legal and regulatory requirements are met within a controlled operating environment that utilises technology.

     

     

  • Audit and Risk Committee

    The Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for overseeing the audit, risk and control frameworks, including reviewing auditor reports and liaising with auditors, and scrutinising the response of officers. It advises and guides the Parent Board.

    The members are:


    Iain Leviston (Chair)

    Iain is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway DevCo Board. He joined Southway in 2010.
     
    Iain is an auditor at a large national firm. In this role he engages with a wide range of housing providers, so has great insight into different ways of doing things, as well as potential risks and challenges facing Southway. He has a good understanding of financial and assurance matters, which is of great help to the Board in scrutinising Southway's activities.
    Steve Jackson 
    Steven Jackson has been a Board Member of the Leasehold Advisory Service since September 2013, and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee from 22 January 2015,. Before taking early retirement in 2011, Steven was the Chief Executive of a NW housing association after being promoted from the position of Housing Director.

    He is a Board Member/Trustee of Manchester Care&Repair, a registered charity which improves the homes and lives of older and disabled people across Greater Manchester and has worked on a pro bono basis with two housing association tenant scrutiny groups, providing them with independent support and professional guidance.

    Steven has lived in South Manchester for all of his life.
    Councillor Joanna Midgley

    Joanna is a Member of the Parent Board, the Southway DevCo Board, and the Audit and Risk Committee. She joined Southway in 2012.
     
    Joanna is a Labour Councillor for Chorlton Park, one of Southway's core areas, and works actively to engage with local residents about the issues that affect them. She is the Council's Mental Health Champion, and a passionate campaigner for better support for people with mental health issues. She also serves on the Council's Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee.
    Mark Taylor

    Mark is a Member of the Parent Board, the Southway DevCo Board and the Audit and Risk Committee. He joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Mark is the founder and Commercial and Finance Director of a South Manchester based residential property business, which delivers new build homes and provides an accommodation solution for young professionals. He is a qualified accountant with broad executive and financial experience in the NHS and the private sector. He brings commercial expertise, along with an understanding of Southway's neighbourhoods and proeprty issues.
    Andy Ewart
    Andy is Director of Finance for an International Charity. 
    Andy held a number of senior finance positions previously and brings a wide range of experience in governance, risk and financial management. He is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA. His experience of working within Social Banking and Social Enterprises offers him a grounded understanding of the importance of providing good social housing.
     
    Louise Griffiths  Louise is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee having joined the organisation in October 2018. She has worked for British Gas for 3 years across Management and Performance Information, Risk and Quality. Louise joined the Centrica Group 3 years ago following a successful career leading performance and risk at a major housing and regeneration group in the North West. With over a decade of experience within this area working across public sector and corporate organisations, Louise utilises extensive experience in the interpretation and analysis of complex performance and financial data to develop business insights that drive value and growth. Louise is also a Trustee of the charity Smart Works GM. Committed to customer service delivery,  Louise is keen to utilise her skills to make a difference to people’s lives.

     

  • Remuneration Committee
    The Remuneration Committee approves the pay of the Executive Directors and organises the appraisal of the Chief Executive.
     
    The members are:

    Clare Tostevin (Chair)

    Clare is a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway Plus Board, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She joined the Board in April 2016, having previously served on a Commercial Advisory Panel for Southway.
     
    Clare is Director of Communities at a Greater Manchester Social Landlord, where she has been a part of the Executive Group since 2008 . She has substantial experience in public, private and regulatory bodies, which has helped her to develop strong leadership skills and an ability to see the bigger picture.

     
    Iain Leviston

    Iain is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, a Member of the Parent Board and the Southway DevCo Board. He joined Southway in 2010.
     
    Iain is an auditor at a large national firm. In this role he engages with a wide range of housing providers, so has great insight into different ways of doing things, as well as potential risks and challenges facing Southway. He has a good understanding of financial and assurance matters, which is of great help to the Board in scrutinising Southway's activities.
    Sam Macwilliam

    Sam is the Chair of the Parent Board and a Member of the Southway DevCo Board.  She joined Southway in 2011. As Chair, Sam provides leadership to the Parent Board and works closely with the Chief Executive to ensure the strong and effective governance of the organisation. 
     
    Sam is a Southway tenant, living in the Chorlton Park area. She is involved in a range of community activities including her local Tenant and Resident Association. Sam is passionate about providing effective services for our tenants and about environmental sustainability which she has championed on the B
  • Other consultative groups

    Click here for Tenant Scrutiny and Resident Consultative Group information.

 

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