As Chairman of Knightstone, Linda led the board to merge with DCH and became Chair of LiveWest in March 2018.
In addition to housing, Linda has many years’ experience of leading and working with a diverse range of boards in key areas such as the development of strategy, governance and risk management
Past and present roles include Chair of Audit for Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Somerset NHS Trust, Chairman of Kings Schools, Chairman of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman of North Somerset Community Partnership and a Supervisory Board member of the European Institute for Governance Awards.
Paul has worked in property management and residential development for the past 27 years. Prior to being appointed as CEO of LiveWest he held the position of Group Chief Executive at DCH for nine years and Managing Director at Sovereign HA for five years. He is also a member of Homes for the South West (formerly HAILO), an influencing and lobby group focusing on investment to address the various housing challenges in the South West.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Finance
Prior to LiveWest, Melvyn was the DCH Group Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive. Melvyn has extensive finance and operational experience, having joined DCH from Motorola Mobility in 2013, where he was Europe, Middle East, and Africa Finance and Operations Director. He also previously held finance, strategy and chief executive positions in the transport, electronics and distribution sectors; with eight years spent in the USA.
John is a qualified housing professional with wide and senior experience as a local government director, and as advisor to government, to the commercial sector and to social landlords. He has been Director of Housing & Regeneration for a public services PLC and a non-executive director. John joined the DCH board in October 2016 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018. John is also Chairman of Richmond Housing Partnership.
Jacqueline (Jac) joined our LiveWest Customer Services Committee in January 2019 and she is now a member of our board as a non-executive. Jac is the current Chief Executive Officer for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Previous roles have included Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Customer at RDG, Director of Experience at Barclays and Head of Experience at O2.
Tom is an experienced board director, who has lived in North Somerset for almost 30 years. Most of his career was spent in leadership roles at Unilever and BP, and he was a Marketing and Strategy Director for six years at housing association Affinity Sutton. He has a number of non-executive posts including chair of the supervisory board of FLO Cert, the Fairtrade Foundation subsidiary. He is also a volunteer and director at Clevedon Pier. Tom was appointed to the Knightstone board in May 2016 and the board of LiveWest in 2018.
Antony is a chartered accountant with 25 years’ commercial experience as a Finance Director with major international companies. He’s held executive leadership roles in blue chip companies in both the UK and Europe. He has experience in all aspects of business management including financial control, business development, strategic planning, and corporate governance. Antony was appointed to the Knightstone board in November 2015 and joined the LiveWest board in 2018.
Jenefer qualified as a chartered surveyor and has worked primarily in development. Jenefer served as a non-executive director of The Crown Estate. Jenefer was awarded an OBE for services to the real estate industry and voluntary service to young people. Jenefer joined DCH as a board member in August 2015 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018.
Tony is an accomplished Finance Director with executive experience in international reinsurance and in social housing as Group Finance Director of DCH. He has non-executive experience in social housing and as a charity trustee. Tony joined the Knightstone board in November 2015 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018.
Phil trained as a quantity surveyor and has worked in construction and house building for over 40 years. He also has over 25 years of experience at director level. Previous positions include 10 years as Executive Director for Development and Commercial at Sovereign and director roles at Willmott Dixon and Maxim Homes and board member for The Housing Forum.
Rahul has over 25 years' experience working across a number of industry sectors providing broad global IT leadership, digital innovation management and board advisory services for private equity and venture capital-backed companies. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a Trustee of Change Grow Live and a Non-Executive Director at PA Housing. He previously served as the Group Chief Information Officer at L&Q Group and held senior roles at Kuoni Group, Universal Music Group, GlobalNetFinancial.com and the Financial Times.
Joanna has over 25 years' experience in banking and financial services, most recently at the European Investment Bank in Luxemburg. She has worked across a range of disciplines within UK, EMEA and International operations.
Joanna has led strategic transformation projects and organisational design initiatives, and has a particular focus on career development and equal opportunities in both public and private sector businesses.
Joanna has been a NED in the NHS since 2009, chairing Quality and Risk committees and is currently Senior Independent Director at University Hospitals Sussex. Joanna recently moved to Devon and lives in Totnes.
Our Executive team
Deputy CEO/Executive Director of Finance
Executive Director of Business and Digital Change
Executive Director of Development
Executive Director of Operations