Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust announces new board members


Posted on17 Feb 2021

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust has brought new skills to its board with the appointment of two new members to help to shape the next stage of its work, providing high quality care and affordable housing in York, Leeds, Scarborough and Hartlepool.

Helen Evans, Chair of the JRHT board, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alistair Brown and Gillian Russell to the board. Their knowledge and experience of risk management, finance and strategic planning will be extremely helpful. Over the past year JRHT has been very much grounded in the realities of delivering safe, high quality services at a time of tough conditions. Looking ahead to developing our new strategic plan, we will in time want to think more expansively about what more we can do to get it right for our tenants and residents, building and developing strong and empowered communities without poverty or isolation. Our new members will bring important insights to that process.”

JRHT Executive Director Chris Simpson commented: “Our trustees provide invaluable guidance, support and challenge to JRHT’s leadership team. I look forward to working with our new board members to think about how we can further put into action the vision, legacy, values and principles that guide our work.”

Alistair Brown

Alistair is a qualified accountant and project manager with significant experience of major change programmes across Government including the Universal Credit programme and the upgrade of the DWP Resource Management System. As a High Risk Project Reviewer for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) he has carried out detailed reviews of high cost, complex and high risk projects including HS2, and the A14 Huntingdon to Cambridge Improvement.

Gillian Russell

Gillian is a senior finance partner at Deloitte. She sits on the Government and Public Sector industry and Risk Advisory Executives and leads Deloitte’s work in the education sector. An experienced finance and governance professional (FCA) with extensive experience of operating at board and executive level in a range of public private and not for profit organisations, she is especially passionate about improving public services to citizens and has a particular interest in the role of education in fostering social mobility and inclusion.