Meet the Board

Jim Holden - Chair

Now retired, Jim is a qualified accountant with a career spanning both the public and private sectors. He has been a Deputy Chief Executive of a local authority, and a shared Finance Director across two neighbouring authorities. He has held corporate responsibility for a wide range of services outside of finance, including housing policy and strategy, the operational landlord function, planning, legal, health, and environmental services. He was instrumental in introducing the first local authority funded Help to Buy scheme, and has a particular interest in value for money and tenant participation within the social housing sector

Tim Brown

Tim works as an independent Consultant and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is a senior research associate in Housing and Local Government, Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University. He has recently been a member of the research team evaluating housing and worklessness and currently runs workshops on housing & health and housing & safeguarding.

Margaret Coward

Margaret has worked in the housing & regeneration and support fields for over 30 years in a variety of leadership roles, and has a comprehensive understanding of statutory and regulatory requirements in both the public and voluntary sectors. In her current role Margaret is responsible for a supported accommodation service for vulnerable young people.

Vandna Gohil

Vandna currently provides strategic support, leadership, and management for Healthwatch Leicestershire, an organisation dedicated to improving health and social care. She was previously a Senior Welfare Rights Worker for Leicester City Council, providing advice to claimants and raising awareness of anti-poverty issues. She has also worked to promote and market Coventry Law Centre and was involved in setting up the Highfields and Belgrave Law Centre.

Patricia McCabe

Patricia is Managing Director of Central Consultancy & Training Ltd, a company specialising in delivering a range of consultancy services to housing, social care, and the wider third sector. Among other things, she is Director of Homecome Ltd, a not-for-profit housing company providing good quality affordable housing for people on low incomes in Leicester, and Chair of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid.


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