Meet the Board

Bishop David Walker (Chair)

The Bishop of Manchester, The Right Revd David Walker joined the WCHG board in April 2014. He has been a Housing Association board member since 1988, and his passion for social housing, urban regeneration and the wellbeing of tenants has also included being a member of the National Housing Federation Board and as Chair of HACT. He welcomes the opportunity to serve the people of Wythenshawe through the vision of WCHG.

David has held the position of Bishop of Manchester since 2013 and prior to that he was Bishop of Dudley from 2000, following 17 years in assorted parish ministries and industrial chaplaincy in the Diocese of Sheffield. He is also Chair of the Advisory Council on the Relations of Bishops and Religious Communities and the Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee and is a member of the ministry Council of the Church of England. He recently became an elected member of the Church Commissioners.

Ed Dyson

Ed is Director of Planning and Operations for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC). MHCC is a partnership of NHS Manchester CCG and Manchester City Council and commission’s health, adult social care and public health services for the City of Manchester. Ed has worked for the NHS for 20 years with the last two working jointly with the Council. Ed’s career started in finance but has focussed on strategy in recent years. Ed’s passion is to improve the health of the population of Manchester and has particular interest in how issues such as employment, education and housing can help improve people’s health and wellbeing. Working as a non-executive for WCHG is a perfect opportunity to understand and support the connections between housing and the health of the population.

Glynn Evans

Glynn is a long serving Board member and is chair of the Group Remuneration and Governance Committee. Glynn has worked tirelessly in the area for a number of years and is a founder member of the Wythenshawe Games.

Clare Flynn

Clare has lived and worked in Wythenshawe most of her life. She attended St Aidan’s Primary School, The Hollies Convent and has a degree in Mathematics.

Since leaving school, Clare has worked for the Department for Work and Pensions in a variety of roles. Since 1997, she has specialised in Finance, supporting the Director of NW Jobcentres.

She has a particular interest in services for the elderly and disabled and was on the Tenant Committee of PG before joining the WCHG board. Clare is also the Safeguarding champion for the Board.

Ian Hilton

I have lived in Wythenshawe all my life being educated here and worked here for Manchester City Council, Housing Department.

I have over 36 years extensive experience in social housing including housing management, allocations, homelessness, developing choice based lettings schemes and IT infrastructures, mutual exchange schemes, unlawful subletting projects, project management, making best use of stock and other aspects of successful housing service delivery.

I previously worked for Manchester, Stockport, Trafford and Salford councils. I am passionate about social housing and putting customers at the heart of housing services.

I am happy to have the opportunity to be able to put something back into the community where I live, I believe being on the board will enable me to do this.

Nigel Sedman

Nigel is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and works at the ForViva Group, a housing association based in Salford, as Director of Investment and Regeneration. He has worked within social housing for over 20 years and is experienced in strategic asset management, procurement, repairs and maintenance, estate regeneration and new housing development. He is passionate about working with customers to improve neigbourhoods and services.

Away from work Nigel has a nearly grown up family and his main interests involve watching and participating in a range of sports.

Eula Mesuita

Eula is a Wythenshawe resident who has lived in the area for 48 years and recently joined as a board member. Eula has served on the Tenant Committee and Complaints Panel at WCHG and is an active member of the community.Eula is a director and chair of the Tree of Life, taking part since its inception. Eula is also on the board of trustees for the Wythenshawe Community Initiative, a family centre based in Woodhouse Park. Eula is a member of the Dandelion Community, part of the United Reformed Church. Eula has a strong working background, including the Manchester Probation Service, Social Services, Tutoring and coordinating placements for Manchester Metropolitan students. Eula said “I am hoping this new experience will give me the opportunity to contribute something to the area, after living here for so long and watching in develop for the good of Wythenshawe”.

Sarah Russell

Sarah has served as a Board member for five years and is a member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee. Sarah is a qualified solicitor and is recognised as an expert on Employment law.

Bernadette Heanue

Bernadette Heanue has lived in Wythenshawe for over 30 years’, mostly in the Sharston area. She has worked in Wythenshawe in various jobs including health advice at the Forum and teaching exercise classes to the over 50s at local centres.

She enjoyed these roles as it was an opportunity to help people of all ages and backgrounds improve their health. In her role as Tenant Director she hopes to bring this knowledge and experience to the Board and also to be involved in the decision making that improves the quality of life for local people.

Rob Cressey

Rob is a qualified accountant and works at LTE Group, an education and skills group which includes The Manchester College, as Group Finance Director. He is experienced in financial assurance, strategy and operations as well as governance and change. Rob has held senior finance roles with the Housing Association, The Guinness Partnership, a work-based learning provider in the north west, and a global exam testing organisation.

Sam Wilson

Sam works for the commercial property company Bruntwood, as Solutions Architecture Director. Since 2000 he has been involved in creating and maintaining systems and processes that help people to look after buildings and the companies working in those buildings. He has a particular interest in how people can use information systems and the data within in those systems to make better informed decisions.

As well as being born in Wythenshawe Hospital and growing up near by, Sam has a number of family ties to the area through schools and the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust leading to a desire to be involved in the community.

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