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.  
    Stuart Shore (Vice Chair)

    Stuart is a Member of the Parent Board and the People and Places Committee, and Vice Chair of the Parent Board. He joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Stuart has worked in the social housing sector for many years and has held executive and trustee roles in the housing association and charity sectors. His robust risk management and business acumen has seen him deliver improvements and efficiencies in the organisations he has served. He brings a commitment to social values, as well as in-depth knowledge of asset management and retirement living services.
    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.
    Sean McGonigle

    Sean is the Chair of Southway Plus's Board and a Member of the Parent Board. He joined Southway in June 2015.
     
    Sean is Assistant Director of Regeneration and Growth at Manchester City Council and has had a lengthy career in local government that has included housing, regeneration, residential growth and neighbourhood services delivery. This has given him a good understanding of Southway's core services, the expectations of tenants and the importance of resident engagement, as well as the challenges Southway and our tenants.

     
    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.

    Southway Housing Trust adopted a new Futures Strategy in 2015. The strategy is ambitious and will see the Trust getting involved in a number of new business areas.
     
    The Executive Group has been restructured to make sure 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 from the stock transfer in 2007 and is proud of the difference we have made – improving homes, services and opportunities in our neighbourhoods.
    As an independent community based organisation, Karen believes passionately in our vision, objectives and the importance of the social purpose of the Trust and will build success from our commitment to the people and neighbourhoods that we work in.
    Our ambitious Futures Strategy adopted in 2015, sets an exciting future for Southway, showing how we will make the most of the strong financial position that we have created to deliver more, increasing the supply of new homes, profit for purpose initiatives, and innovation in areas where we lead the way. This includes our work to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people as part of our age friendly neighbourhoods approach and our Green Strategy which focuses on our beautiful greenery and open spaces – both of which help to make our homes happy and heathy places to live.

    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 having worked in Social Housing Asset Management for over 25 years.
    Having delivered some significant development and improvement programmes Matt believes in the added benefits that can be achieved by maximising social value through investment and the difference this can make to the lives of our residents and our impact on the environment and will seek to focus on this going forward.
    Matt is keen to build on the ambitious development strategy already in place and increase the supply of new affordable homes as well as develop new streams of income whilst continuing to provide good quality affordable homes and excellent services to those who need them most.

    David Clermont, Chief Financial Officer

    David is Southway's Chief Financial Officer.

    Matthew Maouati, Head of Governance & Performance

    Matthew is the Head of Governance and Performance and Company Secretary and has worked for Southway since stock transfer in 2007. His remit includes managing the schedule of meetings and reports 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 service. He is passionate about our communities, committed to ensuring that Southway delivers a quality service, and always seeking out new and innovative ways of working that mean we can improve our offer to all of Southway’s tenants and residents.

     


     

  • 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 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.
    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.
    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.
  • Southway Plus Board

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

    The members are:

    Sean McGonigle (Chair)


    Sean is the Chair of Southway Plus's Board and a Member of the Parent Board. He joined Southway in June 2015.
     
    Sean is Assistant Director of Regeneration and Growth at Manchester City Council and has had a lengthy career in local government that has included housing, regeneration, residential growth and neighbourhood services delivery. This has given him a good understanding of Southway's core services, the expectations of tenants and the importance of resident engagement, as well as the challenges Southway and our tenants.


     
    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 is Southway Housing Trust's Chief Executive.


     

    Matt Roberts


    Matt is Southway Housing Trust's Strategic Director of Property and Development.
  • 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.
       
    Stuart Shore

    Stuart is a Member of the Parent Board and the People and Places Committee, and Vice Chair of the Parent Board. He joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Stuart has worked in the social housing sector for many years and has held executive and trustee roles in the housing association and charity sectors. His robust risk management and business acumen has seen him deliver improvements and efficiencies in the organisations he has served. He brings a commitment to social values, as well as in-depth knowledge of asset management and retirement living services.
    Councillor Bev Craig

    Bev is a Member of the People and Places Committee. Prior to this she served as a Board Member from September 2011 until March 2016. 
     
    Bev is a Labour Councillor for Burnage, one of Southway's core areas. At the Council she is also Lead Member for LGBT Women and Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee. She brings knowledge of specific issues around health, sexuality and gender, as well as a general understanding of the issues affecting local residents.
     
    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.
     
    Councillor Garry Bridges

    Garry is a Member of the People and Places Committee. He joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Garry 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 issues affecting our tenants. His experience in local government has allowed him to develop skills in scrutiny and policy development.
     
    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.
     

     

     

  • 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.
    Tony McMahon (Vice Chair)

    Tony is the Vice Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He joined Southway in April 2016.
     
    Tony is Contracts Manager at a Greater Manchester Social Landlord. He has many years of experience in the social housing sector and has held key roles including Stock Transfer Director, Regional Housing Manager and Operations Director. He has also completed the world-renowned Oxford University World-Class Leadership Programme. Tony has a broad range of skills and is passionate about delivering excellence for social housing tenants.
     
    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.
     
    John Gallagher

    John is a co-optee to the Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to this he served as a Board and Committee Member from 2010 and as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee from 2012, until March 2016. 
     
    John held various roles in estate management for the NHS, including that of Director. Now retired, he is passionate about utilising his knowledge and skills for the benefit of the local community.
  • 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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