The Board is a group of appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of the organisation.
Our Board sets the strategic direction and is accountable to Arcon customers and other stakeholders for our overall performance in delivering housing and regeneration services to its customers.
The Board has responsibility for:
However, the day to day running of the organisation is delegated to Arcon’s management team.
Ian has a wealth of experience and expertise in housing and environmental health. He became Director of Housing in Tameside in 1992 and supervised the implementation of one of the Country’s first, and most successful, housing renewal areas, bringing in over £70M private sector investment into one of the boroughs townships.
Ian led the transfer of Tameside’s 16,151 council homes to New Charter Group in March 2000; the first Metropolitan transfer and at the time the biggest in number and valuation [£129M] and first to a new group structure.
Mike, who joined our Board in 2018, has over 25 years experience in social housing sector, working for both local authorities and housing associations. Mike has been responsible to a wide range of frontline customer services including repairs, housing management, customer involvement, income collection, welfare benefits and customer contact centres. Mike is passionate about ensuring services deliver outstanding value for customers and is determined that housing providers do not lose their sense of social purpose.
Bill is an experienced self-employed consultant working in the sector. He brings a wealth of experience around assurance, governance and risk, which he uses in his role as Chair of the Group Audit & Risk Committee.
Bill has previously been a Board member for another local association and is well aware of the issues facing associations in Greater Manchester. He is very supportive of the community investment work that The Bolton at Home Group delivers outside of its core social landlord role.
Bill has been actively involved in a number of events that the Association has been involved with, including the Community Stars Evening and Bolton Pride.
Sharon brings many years’ experience across a wide range of housing and related areas within Local Authorities and Combined Authorities. This includes 15 years at Head of Service level in two Greater Manchester LAs with responsibility for Strategic Housing, Private Sector Housing, Housing-led Regeneration, Housing Growth and a range of other services and areas. Sharon’s experience at CAs (both Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region) – involving several areas such as Private Sector Housing, Housing Growth and Housing Retrofit - has added further experience as well as different perspectives. Strong partnerships and collaboration with Housing Providers has featured highly in her career and is a considerable strength.
Sharon is highly passionate and committed to making a difference to places and the lives of residents and communities; with her Board and Committee roles presenting significant opportunity in these respects.
Matt has been Strategic Director of Property and Development with Southway Housing since December 2017 and has worked in social housing asset management for over 25 years, delivering many significant development and improvement programmes throughout his career.
Matt firmly believes in the benefits that investing in new and existing homes can have in maximising the social value of our properties and how, in turn, this can positively impact the lives of residents and the local environment
A former senior civil servant with a wide range of experience in housing, regeneration and planning policy development and implementation, primarily at regional and sub regional level. Peter developed a broad knowledge of the housing issues affecting the North West and retains a strong commitment to the region. He is a strong advocate of customer scrutiny and involvement and strong, effective governance.
Peter was instrumental in developing the close working relationship with Golden Gates Housing Trust, which culminated in the creation of Torus in 2015. He has only recently stood down from positions on the Board of Torus and as Chair of Helena Partnerships Board, having completed just over 9 years Board membership at Helena.
Peter has been a Board member at Bolton at Home since 2018 and nominated Arcon Board member since May 2019.
Mark combines his non-executive role with his executive career in the NHS. Most recently, Mark has been appointed to a place director role within the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board, tasked with delivering joined up health and care services.
By profession, Mark is a chartered accountant and held executive finance roles across Greater Manchester before moving into general management. Mark is passionate about tackling health inequalities and is keen to explore the broader contribution Bolton at Home Group can make to supporting flourishing communities.
Saeed is an inspiring CEO, Leader and Changemaker having worked to make the world a better place for all young people, for a decade. Having grown up in care, Saeed is acutely aware of how young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can be overlooked when it comes to learning valuable life skills and having a voice in their future.
That’s why, at the age of 15, he set up Youth Leads UK which has supported more than 12,500 disadvantaged young Greater Mancunians to access volunteering opportunities and skills development programmes.
Saeed was the youngest person on Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2019 awarded an MBE for services to young people and community in Greater Manchester. Later that year, Saeed went on to becoming the youngest person ever to be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, a role he’ll use to connect more young people to the Crown, raise aspirations and support voluntary groups.
Grace has had close involvement with various charities and communities across the Bolton Area since 2011, such as Urban Outreach, Bridge Church Bolton, and Bolton Guild of Help.
The Ethos and Culture of Arcon Housing in supporting people and their communities to help them flourish is a vision Grace believes in and is pleased to be a part of.
Grace joined Arcon’s Board as a Co-optee member in May 2023.