Group Board

David Procter – independent member (Chair)


Dave is an experienced senior manager in housing, with 44 years’ experience, 32 in local government. For the last 5 years of his permanent career he was the Chief Executive of a large LSVT housing association following the successful transfer of the local authority’s stock. He is an effective leader, with vision and a track record of delivering service improvements, entrepreneurial business developments and of managing change. He has wide experience of governance and how to add genuine value to the leadership of organisations. Dave now works as an independent housing consultant.

Ian Greenwood OBE – independent member


Ian is motivated by his passionate belief in social justice. He is a proud Bradfordian and served the City for a total of 22 years as a Councillor, including 2 x 2 year periods as leader of the Council. During that time Ian also held senior positions in his Trade Union. Ian has a solid understanding of how the markets, the wider investment community and big business work. For 8 years Ian chaired the West Yorkshire Pension Fund, seen as one of the most successful funds in the country, and for 5 years, chaired the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum; he is now Vice Chair of both. His work was recognised in the New Year’s Honours 2013 when he was awarded an OBE for services to local government.

Andrew Kitchingman – independent member

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.

John Healey MP


John was Shadow Health Secretary from October 2010 until he stood down from the shadow cabinet a year later. Prior to the 2010 Election, John was Minister for Housing and Planning, with direct responsibility for the Homes and Communities Agency. Before that he served over nine years as Local Government Minister, Treasury Minister and Skills Minister. He has had a long-standing interest in social housing both as an MP and before being elected to Parliament for Wentworth in South Yorkshire in 1997. He served for a number of years as a non-executive director of his local Chamber of Commerce, and previously worked in both trade unions and the voluntary sector, including with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation and MIND campaigning to improve rights and services for disabled people.

Judith Crowther – independent member


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.

Kim Brear – independent member


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 – (HA Board Representative) independent member


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.