Incommunities Ltd

Wayne Booth

Wayne has over 20 years experience in commercial, managerial, non-executive and business development roles in the Social Housing & Maintenance Sector.

Specialising in planned and responsive maintenance works, and with good relationships and contacts with the majority of housing associations, local authorities, architects and consultants in the industry, in particular the North of England.

He has a proven track record of developing robust commercial processes in organisations and improving business profitability, with a broad experience of carrying full P&L responsibility in start up, consolidation and turn around companies.

‘I like to think my energy and commitment can inspire a team of people to collectively achieve their goals, even under difficult and challenging circumstances.’

Matthew Walker – (FCCA, CIHCM) (Chair)


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. Matthew also sits on the Board of Incommunities Group Ltd.

Duncan Wahuho


Duncan brings a wealth of experience from his background in refugee and asylum support work. He is passionate and has hands on experience of working with homeless people with complex needs.

He has had over twenty years working in housing support for refugee families and individuals and also people with substance misuse issues and with ex-offenders. He is also involved in the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery and is a board member of a leading charitable company seeing to these issues.

He is trained in Economics and is a community leader involved in various organisations dealing with African and refugee issues.

Ruby Bhatti – independent member

Ruby Bhatti

Ruby is a Bradford solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in the legal field. She also has 17 years’ experience as a non-executive director in the voluntary and community sector, previously with Manningham Housing Association and presently with Incommunities, Firebird Homes, Action For Business Ltd and Dixon Multi Academy Trust.

She also sits as an independent member of the Mental Health Panel which enables patients to have their cases considered independently. She has recently become a Fellow for the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), (FRSA) and a National Leader of Governance for Education (NLG).

Ruby also sits on the Board of Sadeh Lok.

Simon Wilson – independent member


Simon is a successful housing professional with over 15 years of experience and a track record of delivering high quality housing and customer services. He has worked in some of the most challenging areas of multiple deprivation and diverse neighbourhoods and has a strong commitment to customer service, community development and diversity.  Simon achieved the Dip HE Housing in 2000, with Leeds Metropolitan University and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Bartlomiej Swakowski – tenant board member

 Bart Swakowski

Bart is a Tenant of Incommunities who is former Director of Incommunities Group Board and has experience of how governance functions at the highest level at Incommunities.  He also has a wealth of experience in the area of social care and has held roles as Health Care Assistant; Senior Care Worker/ Educational Support Worker; Community Support Worker; Educational support worker and Medical Interpreter.

His roles in Health and Social Care and in schools have given him an in-depth understanding of disadvantage generally and more particularly how that affects local communities and the everyday challenges they have to face in society. This, together with the voluntary assistance he provides within the Polish community, has given Bart a great understanding of diversity in its many forms.

Simon Cooke – council nominee

Simon Cooke

Simon is a nominee of Bradford Council. Involved at the highest level of the Council as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group, Simon is also on the Health & Wellbeing Board, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee; and the Shipley Area Committee.

 Simon is a professional marketer with a MSc in Urban Regeneration and has a particular interest in local markets, food policy and town centres. Professionally, Simon has worked extensively in the voluntary sector focused on business development, fundraising and policy, he is enthusiastic about the opportunities that localism provides and supports groups, parishes and residents to take up, and make the most of, the opportunities available to them in this area.

                                              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.