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Governance Structure

Impact became a subsidary of The Riverside Group on 20th August 2018 and then completed a Transfer of Engagements on 31st March 2020.   We therefore are part of the Governance Community at Riverside.  The Impact Board will become the Impact Sub Committee and it will represent the interests of the former Impact tenants.  A summary of the membership can be found below.

Mark Cullinan (Chair) – Non-Exec Director of Blackpool Teaching Hospital along with sitting on several sub committees, Board of Trustees for St John’s Hospice Lancaster undertaking role of Vice Chair and the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.  Mark was previously employed as the Chief Executive of Lancaster City Council and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. 

Chris Billinge - Finance Director UK Board, International Federation as a Board Member, previously Head of Operations at Barclays and Deputy Chair of Lake District National Park Authority.

Chris is an experienced Non-Executive Director who is passionate about Cumbria, Chris has commercial experience and strong social purpose.

Wayne Booth - Commercial Director, Torus Property Solutions and a Board Member at Incommunities since 2016.

Wayne brings commercial acumen and knowledge of the construction and maintenance sectors. He is an experienced housing Non-Executive Director with appreciation of group structures.

Sandy Murray - Finance Director, The Oaklea Trust and Board Member, CIMA Conduct Committee since 2015.

Sandy has worked across a variety of finance roles in the commercial and chartable sectors, including some roles within housing, albeit not at an executive level.  She is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a strong social purpose.

Sam Scott - Executive Director of Operations, Muir Group Housing Association and Board Member, Chester Aid to The Homeless (CATH) since 2008.

Sam’s strengths lie in housing, where he has substantial executive experience, through his current role at Muir, across all aspects of housing management, customer service, investment and development.

John Williams - Board member, Chair of the Treasury Task & Finish Group and Member of the Audit & Risk and Remuneration & Governance Committees, Karbon Homes since 2012 and previously, Board Member, Leeds Federated Housing Association Ltd (2009 - 2018).

John is an experienced housing non-executive, John has a background in banking which in the later stages of his career focussed on housing and charitable sectors. Within his role at Karbon, he has experienced mergers as both part of the organisation joining the group and subsequently part of the group Board.

Carol Matthews - took up her post as Group Chief Executive of Riverside in February 2012, following five years as Chief Executive of Guinness Northern Counties, part of the Guinness Partnership.

Originally from Glasgow, Carol’s career began in housing with Sheffield City Council as a management officer collecting rent door to door and managing a patch. She also worked for Burnley and Bristol Councils prior to joining Northern Counties in 1993, ultimately becoming Chief Executive in 2007.

Carol sat on the Board of the National Housing Federation for seven years and is still involved at a regional level. She also served on the Audit Commission’s National Housing and Regeneration panel.

Co-opted to the Group Board, 6 February 2012.

Sue Powell - A Housing professional with over 30 years’ experience, Sue was a Riverside Group Limited Board Member from 2014 to 2016 when she served on the Cumbria Divisional Board as Chair. She joined the Neighbourhood Services Committee in 2016. She is currently the MD of Sue Powell Consultancy Limited and has recently overseen the operational merger of two Housing Associations. She also an experienced facilitator and has a keen interest in developing the role of tenants and residents. Prior to this, Sue has held several management positions within the Housing Sector. Sue has a BA in Housing Studies and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and also sits on their North West Board as policy lead.

Olwen Lintott – (Tenant Board member) Impact leaseholder in Workington for twelve years.  Previously Head of Early Years, Cumbria and Early Years consultant and Area SENCO (special Educational Needs co- coordinator) for Cumbria.  Chair of the new ACTAR group (Allerdale and Copeland Tenant and Resident Group).

Olwen worked with the Early Years team to plan and deliver a range of Cumbria wide training as part of her role in offering appropriate professional development to practitioners.  Olwen’s SENCO role was to support children and families in accessing appropriate education and supporting schools and settings in providing that access. Her role was to negotiate change in a way that offered empowerment through understanding seeing practitioners become confident and able in their role.