Incommunities Group Ltd

Jan Ormondroyd (Chair)

Andrew Kitchingman

Jan has spent most of her career in the public sector including many years as a Chief Executive in Local Government. She is a local woman who worked for Bradford City Council as a Strategic Director before moving to work for a central government department.

She then moved back into Local Government and worked in Hull and Suffolk Coastal before finishing her substantive career as Chief Executive of Bristol City Council. She has a BA in Organisation Studies and an MA in Managing Change.

She was seconded to Cape Town City Council for a short spell in the 90’s to add external expertise to their developing work on performance and equalities. Her strengths are in strategic leadership, governance and organisational transformation.

Since stepping down from her full time career Jan has been a Non-Executive for Health and Social Care Information Centre, undertaken a challenging Interim Chief Executive assignment and continues to undertake mentoring and stand-alone work in the public sector.

Andrew Kitchingman

Andrew Kitchingman

Originally from Bradford, Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant in London in the late 1980s. Since then he has had a highly successful career in the world of finance working primarily in corporate finance for a merchant bank; for corporate stockbrokers and one of the “Big 4” accountancy firms.

He has advised smaller listed and Alternative Investment Market quoted companies on new share issues, subsequent fundraising and on mergers and acquisition transactions as well as providing general financial advice to corporate investors. He has also had experience of the private equity sector and the not-for-profit sector.

Judith Crowther

Judith Crowther1

Judith is an experienced Board Member and has worked in social housing for over 25 years and as an Executive Director for over 10 years in large, multi-disciplined and complex organisations.

As Director of Housing Services for Anchor Trust she was responsible for 25,000 sheltered housing properties on 726 sites; management services for 6,000 leasehold, shared ownership and Almshouse properties on 250 sites throughout England.

In addition to this, Judith has experience of working with vulnerable people, ensuring that services were adapted to meet differing needs. Judith is also Chair of Sadeh Lok Housing Group, which joined the Incommunities Group in April 2015.

Kim Brear


Kim has strong leadership skills with a good reputation for delivering change. A strategic thinker, Kim uses her knowledge and skills to develop integrated approaches to facilitate innovative partnerships at both local and regional levels across all sectors.

Kim has held a number of senior roles in both the local authority and housing organisations, with her experience in this are spanning 23 years. In addition to this Kim is an experienced Board Member, trustee and school governor.

Matthew Walker


A Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Matthew has worked in housing organisations at a senior level since 1991, including as Finance Director, before becoming Chief Executive in 1994.

Matthew is passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives through helping to provide homes that people want to live in, in areas other people will want to move to.

Alongside that work, Matthew seeks to provide people with the opportunities for them to improve their own lives through employment and training opportunities. In following a lifelong commitment to learning, Matthew achieved Corporate Member status of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2012.

Geoff Linnell

Geoff has over 35 years’ experience in helping companies deliver more business value, including innovative uses of IT. Geoff’s wide-ranging experience includes  Trusteeship with Family Fund; former Non-Executive Director with the NHS; Advisory Board Member with NaviSite Inc.; Group CIO with Celerant Consulting, following 10 years as Managing Director, Technology and Security, with UBS (Investment Bank and Wealth Management); Transformation Leader with Gemini Consulting; Allied Irish Bank; Pearl Assurance; Halifax Building Society; National Air Traffic Services; Fiat and Arthur Young.

Geoff graduated from the University of Birmingham. He is a former international basketball player and keen golfer.

Keith Ramsay 


Keith is an experienced commercial executive, and works in consultancy across a number of streams; SME, social enterprise, public sector and health and education. He has key skills in strategic management; relationship building and business development; business transformation; turnaround and efficiency programmes. He has Board and management level experience of operations; organisational development; culture change; business support and strategic development.

Keith’s non-executive directorship experience includes a wide range of companies, including CIDA; In Smart Company; Leeds Metropolitan University, (Deputy Chair and Governor) 2003 – 2012; NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, 2007 – 2011; Chair, Audit Committee and Lay Member, Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the Board of SHINE – The Camberwell Project 2008- 2010.

Ian Cornelius 


Ian has over 25 years’ experience in senior commercial leadership positions across a number of businesses including Esso Petroleum, Boots the Chemists, Capital One, Bradford & Bingley and Virgin Money. He is currently Commercial Director at Skipton Building Society where he sits on the Group Board.

A strategic thinker with strong commercial and marketing skills and experience, Ian is passionate about delivering business success by focusing on better meeting customer needs. He has extensive experience in the housing market and is motivated by the need to improve housing provision for those who are not well provided for by the private sector.

Ian is a graduate of Manchester University and lives locally in North Yorkshire.

Jo Boaden

Jo joined the Northern Housing Consortium as Chief Executive in October 2010. Prior to that she held a number of senior posts 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 Newcastle Gateshead, 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 is a Visiting Fellow of Newcastle University Business School and one of the Commissioners for the NHC Commission for Housing in the North.