Meet the Board

The Board decides the systems and structures which ensure proper control and direction of Johnnie Johnson Housing. Whilst day-to-day this is the responsibility of the Chief Executive and Executive Directors, longer-term strategy and standards are the responsibility of Board members.

The Board consists of people who offer significant experience and expertise from a range of business sectors. The Board meet regularly to monitor performance, decide policy and provide strategic direction for our work. You can find out more about our Board Members and their responsibilities below.

What are the responsibilities of a Board Member?

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How are Board Members elected?

Frances Street (Chair)


Frances was elected Chair of the Board in August 2013 and has many years of leadership and service in senior public roles. She is Vice Chair of North West Cancer Research, and was previously a Governor of Birkenhead 6th Form College, Chair of Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, a magistrate, a member of Merseyside Police Authority, Chair of Wirral Primary Care Trust, Birkenhead and Wallasey Primary Care Trust and Interim Chair of NHS Sefton. Frances started her career in the city of London as a Sterling broker.

In 2013 Frances became a Public Appointments Ambassador appointed by the Government Equalities and Cabinet Offices to encourage more people from different backgrounds with skills to apply for public appointments. She is also currently a director of a food manufacturing company based on the Wirral.

She believes that the Johnnie Johnson Housing has a firm foundation and a great legacy on which to build an organisation that stakeholders, staff and residents are respectively very proud to know, work for and call their home.

Tom Miskell (Vice Chair)

Tom Miskell

Tom is Chair of the Northern Housing Consortium, Chair of a PFI regeneration scheme in Salford and Chair of the Board at Accent Group. He is also a Director of Integer Advisory. He has run his own management consultancy since May 2014. Previously Together Group's first Chief Executive when it was established in April 2011, Tom grew the Group to 35,000 homes and established a Group culture, delivering substantial efficiencies, improving services and maintaining local accountability and control.

Tom was Chief Executive of Pennine Housing and became Group Chief Executive of Trans-Pennine Housing when it was established in March 2006. He has extensive experience of working in the social housing sector, as well as experience working in management consultancy, local government and the Housing Corporation. Tom is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Tom is Vice Chair of JJH, Chair of JJDL and a member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.  He is keen to maintain the momentum of positive progress for JJH and is proud about returning it to top ratings not only from the regulator but from staff and residents too.

John Sandford

John Sandford

John lives in Stockport and was elected to the Board in August 2013. John worked for KPMG for 33 years, the last 21 of which as an Audit Partner/Director responsible for a wide range of Audit clients. Since leaving KPMG in December 2010 he has become non-Executive Director at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, where he chairs the Audit Committee, Chair of the Council of the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church and a partner in McKellans Outsourcing LLP. John is a Non Executive Director and Chair at the Chorley Building Society.

He is also a Trustee and Chair of Mayes Charity, an Alms House Charity looking after 40 plus dwellings and supporting the residents in their later years. 

In his spare time John is interested in accounting, golf, cricket (he is a Level 2 qualified coach) and Church.

John is Chair of JJH Audit Committee.

Gail Teasdale

Gail Teasdale Gail is the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the Accent Group, responsible for the finance, ICT, Business Intelligence, HR, Legal and Governance services. Gail supported the CEO of Accent Group in a major transformation of the association to one that is highly respected in the sector and leads a development consortium of which JJH is part.

Gail has a 1st class honours degree in Business Studies and Accountancy and has a wealth of financial management experience from previous roles in housing and the commercial sector.

She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is also a Board member of Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Associations.  

Gail is also a member of JJH’s Audit Committee.

Andrew Bowden

AndrewAndrew  spent over twenty years working within Local Government and the Third Sector prior to becoming Head of Housing at Conwy County Borough Council.   Andrew became the first Chief Executive Officer of Cartrefi Conwy in 2008, following the large scale stock transfer from Conwy Council, the first such voluntary transfer in North Wales. 

Andrew is a director of CREW (Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales), a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD).

Andrew is passionate about providing community based services with particular interest in Older Persons’ accommodation that really connects with their local environment.

Brian Benneyworth

Brian Prior to working in social housing, care and retirement services Brian had a successful career in the private sector working as a HR Director for a global automotive organisation and also as a retail and project manager for Tesco where he was responsible for operating some of the largest stores in the company’s portfolio.

Brian is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) where he sits on the national CIPD Committee for professional development.

Brian is currently Managing Director of his own specialist consultancy company and in his spare time enjoys walking and going to the theatre.

Brian is passionate about our work and believes that helping people live longer and better lives by providing safe, secure and affordable homes is something that JJH can be very proud of.

Simon Brooksbank

SimonSimon lives in Leeds and works for Planet Retail as Special Projects Leader advising leading global FMCG manufacturers and retailers on how best to work together to improve performance. He has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and insight having worked for a broad range of consumer-led businesses including Airtours, Yorkshire Electricity, Honeywell, Nielsen, Diageo and Unilever.

Simon has an MBA from Bradford University School of Management and brings a passion for customer understanding and developing strong products and services to better meet their needs.


Steve Secker

Headshot of Steve SeckerSteve has worked for McCarthy & Stone, Britain’s leading Retirement Living housing developer, for 23 years. For 12 years as Regional Managing Director in the North.

He led on the project ‘Transforming our Customer Experience’. McCarthy & Stone are industry leaders with 12 years 5* status recommendation from their customers.

Steve has wide experience at a corporate level including Project Management, Finance, IT, Risk Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is an MBA qualified Chartered Accountant.


Sue Lock

Sue LockSue has held Senior Executive and Non-Executive positions for a number of Registered Providers her most recent role was CEO of Wulvern Housing now mergers with The Guinness Partnership where she is Director of Strategy and Policy for Older People.

She is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Housing and has been Chair of the North West Branch and a nationally elected Council Member on the CIH National Council.

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Ralph Middlemore

Ralph Middlemore Headshot Ralph is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and property professional with extensive experience of working at a senior level for a number of regional and national social landlords.

Most recently Ralph was Director of Property Maintenance for the Places for People Group and in this role was responsible for the management and delivery of property maintenance operations across England and Wales which involved delivering repairs and improvements works to 55,000 properties and managing a team of over 500 people.

Prior to this Ralph worked at management level for social landlords where he focussed on change management and cost reduction and in the private sector for construction and engineering companies.

Anthony Riley

Anthony Riley

Anthony is currently the Group Director of Development and Operations for Waterloo Housing Group, based in the Midlands and has been with the Group for 11 years. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has a B.A (Hons) in Town Planning from the University of Sheffield. 

Prior to joining Waterloo Housing Group, Anthony was a Regional Director for Orbit Housing Association for over 10 years and before that, worked for 3 Local Authorities in London and the Midlands.