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Meet the board

Barry Fletcher - Tenant Member and Chair

Barry Fletcher - Tenant Member

Educated at New Mills Grammar School, Barry went on to achieve a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradford University. Later he gained a Master of Business Administration degree from Sheffield Hallam University. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Barry held positions in production engineering, design, personnel and management. He became self-employed in 1981 and for 25 years he worked with numerous clients from small to very large public, private and voluntary organisations. His consultancy work focused on the development of organisations, teams and individuals. He has written two published resource books on the subject of change and along with his brother has written and published a local history book “A Bradwell Man”.

He has helped many organisations to face up to the challenges of the future: alongside this he has helped many individuals and teams to acquire the skills and knowledge that are required in a dynamic and changing organisation.

Jacque Bevan - LA Member

Jacque Bevan - LA Member

Jacque, a resident of Hathersage for over 30 years, has been a District Councillor for the Hathersage area for over 20 years.

She is also a Board Member of the Peak District National Park Authority and is currently a JP.

Mike Barnett - Independent Board Member

Mike Barnett - Independent Member

Mike has over 12 years experience working in the public sector in a number of roles carrying out feasibility, surveying, design, contract management and supervision on a range of highway and civil engineering infrastructure schemes. His current role is Highway Assets Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council where his responsibilities include the management, implementation and development of the authority’s Highway Asset Management System. In this role, Mike is also the specialist in Pavement Management and gets involves with surveys, performance management, budget allocation and agreeing capital work programmes.

His academic qualifications include a HNC and BENg (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University (2002 and 2004) and a MSc in Road Management and Engineering from the University of Birmingham (2004).

Graham Holland - Independent Member

Graham Holland - Independent Member

Graham Holland is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a qualified Housing Director. He has a Masters Degree in Housing and has worked within Local Authorities in many different roles and as Executive Director in a local Housing Association until early retirement in 2007.

Graham is a member of Gideon's International and is a volunteer prison chaplain. Day by Day, he manages a Christian Spirituality Centre and residential conference centre in Sheffield.

Until recently Graham was a Non-Executive Director with Homezone Housing (7years) and Bromford Support Board (2 years)

Graham is married with three grown up children and lives in Derbyshire.

Ann Elliott - LA Member

Ann Elliott - LA Member

Ann has been a resident of Matlock for 30 years and raised her three children there. She is now in her third term of office on Matlock Town Council having been elected again in May 2011. This includes one year as Mayor.

Her other activities include Brown Owl for the local Brownies for over 17 years and local school Governor.

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Barbara Knott - Tenant Member

Barbara Knott - Tenant Member

One of our new Tenant Board Members, Barbara is a mother of 3 and grandmother of 10. To quote Barbara, she has done anything and everything over the years to earn a living, including running several businesses.

She is a passionate believer in social housing having grown up in a corporation flat in London.

She now lives in Youlgreave in what she describes as ‘a perfect bungalow’ and wants to give something back to Dales Housing.

Neville Kinnaird - Independent Member

Neville Kinnaird - Independent Member

Neville is best described as a ‘seasoned’ housing professional who was heavily involved in the development and management of housing and planning for homelessness needs. He has operated in urban, rural and metropolitan areas and amongst major registered housing providers nationally.

As a retired Director of Housing for the London Borough of Hounslow, and previously a Chief Executive of a national Housing Trust sponsored by both the National Building Agency and the Housing Corporation, latterly he has been a Consultant and Adviser to a large number of UK-wide Housing Trusts.

He is a Fellow, a former Board Member, and Branch Chairman of the Chartered Institute Of Housing and his retirement has brought him back to Derbyshire, right where he started his career.

Colin Swindell - LA Member

Colin Swindell - LA Member

First elected to Derbyshire Dales District Council in 2009 following a by-election and re-elected in 2011 as the authorities youngest member at 29. He is actively involved in his local community as Vice Chair of Elton Parish Council and trustee on the local Sports and Recreational Field.

For the past nine years he has worked as a retail manager in Bakewell and in his spare time Colin is studying towards a degree in Social Science with the Open University.

Since his election to the District Council, Colin has seen firsthand the importance and need for social housing in both his electoral ward and in the Derbyshire Dales, making his appointment to the Dales Housing Board a natural next step.

Steve Smedley - Independent Member

Steve Smedley - Independent Member

Our newest Independent: Steve has worked in the social housing sector since 1989. He became a freelance consultant in summer 2011, having spent over 10 years with HouseMark. His various roles there, including Director of Research & Development, have provided him with a range of experience, skills and knowledge.

Before HouseMark, Steve worked for eleven years in housing management in both the local authority and housing association sectors.

Steve has an MSc in Housing from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Wendy Edwards-Imlach - Tenant Member

Wendy Edwards-Imlach - Tenant Member

Wendy offers a lifetime's experience to her role as a Curbar-based tenant Board member. Elected in September 2011, Wendy recognises the challenges of running and maintaining properties on a budget. A resident of a number of properties in various locations, she also appreciates the considerable effect our homes and environment has on our lives.

A semi-retired Feng Shui practitioner, crystal therapist and adult tutor, Wendy's previous employed and self-employed experience included 15 years as a financial planner and subsequent industry trainer advising personal and corporate clients on their financial affairs. Communication, administration, business and boardroom experience was acquired in the retail, building, TV, advertising and manufacturing sectors.

Wendy enjoys country walks, painting and gardening and welcomes the opportunity to make a contribution to the ongoing success of Dales Housing.

Jennifer Bower - LA Member

Jennifer Bower - LA Member

Jennifer joined the Board in May, 2011 as a nominee of the District Council.