Yorkshire Housing appoints four new board members

The 18,000-home landlord has appointed Leann Hearne, Isabel Hunt, Matt Blake and Jacqueline Esimaje-Heath to its board of directors.
Yorkshire Housing manages over 18,000 affordable and social homes across 20 local authorities. Credit: Pixabay

The Yorkshire housing association Yorkshire Housing has appointed four new people to its board of directors, including staff at Livv Housing Group and L&Q.

Combined, the four new non-executive board members bring over half a century’s experience to Yorkshire Housing across a variety of areas.

Leann Hearne has been chief executive of the 25,000-home Merseyside landlord Livv Housing Group since October 2018 and has experience from the commercial, not-for-profit and regulated sectors.

Isabel Hunt has over 20 years’ executive experience in service design, digital transformation and customer-facing roles, mostly recently working for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NHS Digital in Leeds.

Matt Blake is a chartered management accountant and has worked for over 15 years in the financial services industry in a variety of treasury, accounting and analytical roles.

Jacqueline Esimaje-Heath, meanwhile, is an real estate director with 20 years’ senior experience in the public and private sectors. Esimaje-Heath currently works as a regional development director for London North at the housing association L&Q.

Yorkshire Housing’s 10-person board works with its committees and directors to oversee the housing association’s governance.

Will Lifford, the chair of Yorkshire Housing’s board, said: “I am delighted that Isabel, Leann, Matt and Jacqueline have joined the Yorkshire Housing board. They each bring a unique mix of experience, expertise and insights and will add a lot of value to how we work and our performance.

“We want to make it possible for our customers to have a place that they’re proud to call home and want to be the first choice in Yorkshire for anyone who wants to rent or buy a home. We look forward to working with our committee members and directors at Yorkshire Housing to achieve this vison.”

Yorkshire Housing manages over 18,000 affordable and social rent homes across 20 local authorities. It is a member of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, which launched a propectus for housing last year ahead of the region’s first metro mayor elections.

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