Our Executive Team and Board

Our Group Board and Executive Team work together to set our strategy and direction. 

They also monitor our progress and are ultimately accountable for all that we do.

Meet our Executive Team

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Lindsey Williams: Group Chief Executive

Lindsey has been Chief Executive since Futures was formed in 2003 as Amber Valley Housing. She is a passionate advocate for social housing and firmly believes that providing a home is one of the most important things you can do for someone.

She has been a strategic leader on various boards and is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, currently playing a key role in helping boost the housing sector’s profile with central Government as part of the National Housing Federation’s Political Positioning Group. She is also an East Midlands Chamber of Commerce board member.

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Ian Skipp: Group Finance & Resources Director

Ian joined Futures from KPMG where he led the social housing practice in the Midlands. In addition to having specialist knowledge of social housing he has wide ranging commercial experience obtained from working with a range of organisations including multi-national plcs.

He is adept at putting in place and maintaining robust governance and risk management frameworks, achieving operating efficiencies, maximising income, developing corporate structures to meet strategic objectives as well as maintaining regulatory compliance.

He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has extensive accounting and treasury management knowledge.

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Ceri Theobald, Group Director of Strategic Partnerships & Growth

Ceri joined our Executive Team in 2020. He plays a leading role in delivering the ambitious growth plans set out in our new corporate plan with a particular focus on building strong partnerships. He is also responsible for strategic development, asset maximisation and investment and sits on the Board of Access Training.

Ceri brings a breadth of experience from the private and public sectors with over 20 years’ experience and a broad range of strategic and operational skills. He joins Futures from Flagship Group where he has been Head of Partnerships & Business Development since 2016. Before that he worked as Operations Director with London-based One Housing Group and as Director of Business Improvement and Performance with Kier Group. He also sits on the East Region Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a Regional Council Member with the CBI (Confederation of British Industry).

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Nicola Hope, Director of Business Transformation

Nicola has worked at Futures for eight years with six of those as Director of Business Change. Nicola oversees the delivery of organisational and culture change across the business and has responsibility for people, culture, strategic planning and all aspects of business change including transformations, projects, research and intelligence and change governance frameworks.

Having trained as a consultant with Deloitte, Nicola has worked across all sectors developing and implementing corporate strategies and has an understanding of what drives effective businesses.

Nicola has a psychology background complimented with a Masters degree in Adult Education and an MBA. She has a passion for developing and implementing models that can help people and organisations to understand leadership and culture change.

Nicola’s academic background and rigorous approach means that the programmes she develops are always underpinned by current thinking and up-to-date research.

Meet our Group Board.

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Mike Stevenson: Group Chair

Mike has more than 30 years' commercial banking experience and 13 years as a Board member. He has specialised in the social housing, further and higher education, local government and large charity sectors. He has also worked as a senior member of the credit risk management team in a large commercial bank.

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Sheila Hyde: Group Vice-Chair

Sheila is an experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director. She has worked in housing since 1990 and has a degree in Housing. Sheila was  the Managing Director of (now Metropolitan) Housing Association in the East Midlands and Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Homes and has served on a range of Boards in health and housing. She also has employment experience in the not-for-profit, local authority and voluntary sectors. She has lived in West Bridgford near Nottingham for 30 years and is married with two grown-up children. Sheila has an allotment, loves walking and is attempting to learn French and Spanish.

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Steve Hale: Board Director and Chair of the Asset Investment Committee and Board of Futures Living Ltd

Appointed to the Board in July 2015, Steve has over 30 years' experience in the social housing sector and construction industry in the both the public and private sectors. He has held senior positions in which he has overseen significant programmes related to capital investment, regeneration and repairs and maintenance. He is also a board member of Futures Living Ltd, the Group’s property development company, and Chair of the Nottingham branch of Sands, a national charity.

Ray Harding portrait Feb 2020

Ray Harding: Board Director and Chair of the Group Audit & Risk Committee

Ray is a Chartered Accountant with extensive managerial experience in diverse sectors and in many countries, he is also the trustee of a Tanzanian charity. He believes that housing is the most important area of public policy and hopes to contribute by giving an independent view to the Group’s governance.

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David Brooks: Board Director

David has a commercial background predominantly in the food industry where he spent 20 years in senior executive roles. He has undertaken a range of non-executive activity since 2008 and on the 1 April 2021 was appointed to the Seafish Board.

He is currently on the Boards of the Food Standards Agency, the Publica Group, and an NHS out-of-hours service. He is also an advisor to two food businesses and now has significant experience of working with various Boards in various sectors.

His interests lie in delivering strong growth and change programmes using his general business and financial management experience.

Tim Slater portrait Feb 2020

Tim Slater: Board Director

Tim has held senior roles in both the public and private sector, particularly in IT leadership and programme management. He spent a year lecturing at the University of Derby’s Business School, and more recently gained a Master’s in Finance and Accounting at Nottingham Trent University. He is a Fellow of the British Computing Society, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. He is also a Non-Executive Director at the UK Supreme Court.

Tim lives locally in the Belper area and is keen to contribute his experience and knowledge from outside the Social Housing sector to Futures Housing Group.

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Mary Daunt: Board Director

Appointed to the Board in May 2018, Mary is an experienced executive and non-executive director following 25 years in partnership as a real estate lawyer heading teams at law firms including Eversheds and Andersen Legal before becoming a consultant at Squire Patton Boggs.

Previous roles have included non-executive director and vice-chair of Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, chief executive of Birmingham Forward and non-executive director of The Complete Works Limited.

Mary is also currently a non-executive director and trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.

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Lindsey Williams: Board Director

Lindsey sits on the Board in her capacity as Chief Executive of Futures Housing Group.

Ciara Mcmillan portrait Feb 2020

Ciara McMillan: Board Director and Chair of the Customer Insight Committee

Ciara has many years of experience working in the housing sector, most recently as an Account Director for Crimson supporting housing associations and local authorities to evolve, grow and digitalise using technology to enable transformational change.

Before this she worked for housing associations, leading neighbourhood management and community engagement services.

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Sam Veal, Board Director, member of the Board of Futures Living Ltd and member of the Asset Investment Committee

Appointed to the Asset Investment Committee in 2020, Sam is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years experience in the field of development, asset management and new business working in both the profit for purpose and private sectors. An experienced organisational leader and property professional, Sam is Chief Executive of a regional regeneration specialist and has non-executive experience in special education, student accommodation partnerships and supported living. Sam is also a board member of Futures Living Ltd, the Group’s property development company.


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Peter Burke, Board Director, member of the Board of Futures Living Ltd and member of the Asset Investment Committee

Peter is a NED for the Trafford Housing Trust, having previously worked as a commercial director for Bloor Homes in the South Midlands and before that, a number of other large well-known development companies. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and has worked with a range of housing associations for many years. He is keen to maintain his strategic involvement in contributing to solving the lack of affordable homes.

Other non-executive members

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Jonathan Bemrose, Independent Member of the Group Audit & Risk committee

Jonathan is an experienced Board member with a financial background in healthcare and social care settings, including the NHS. He is currently Finance Director for a growing healthcare company, Pop, which runs GP practices and provides a range of community health services across Nottinghamshire. Previously he held roles as Chief Finance Officer of four statutory organisations with a total turnover of more than £1bn. 


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