Our Board

Meet the Halton Housing Board

We have eleven members, two nominated from the Local Authority and nine recruited and selected to ensure we have a diverse Board with the right mix of skills and experience to take Halton Housing forward. All Board Members are appointed to either the Audit and Risk or Remuneration and Nominations Committee.  Some Board Members take a lead role for a key area of the business, acting as champion for their area of responsibility. The Board work together as a team to make decisions on a wide range of issues that contribute to the delivery of our vision.

Professor Clive Deadman

Group Board Chair

Clive has a background in engineering and private equity, and he has held senior leadership roles for over 20 years in a range of utilities and infrastructure companies.  Clive brings extensive experience from within the social housing sector, the NHS, the Ombudsmen, and a range of other performance driven not-for-profit organisations.  He is also a Professor of Water & Energy at Cranfield University.

Angela Holdsworth

Audit & Risk Committee Chair

Angela has significant Non-Executive Director experience in the housing association sector. She is an experienced business leader with over 30 years of successful delivery of high- profile business roles and projects in several industry sectors from manufacturing through to highly regulated service organisations.  Angela’s current role as director of Angelteccies includes technical support providing product and processing support into the Wire & Cable Industry. She is also assistant branch secretary of SSAFA Clwyd; a charity providing support for serving military personnel, veterans and their families.

Linda Levin

Lead Member for Customer Experience

Linda is an experienced housing professional who started her career as a graduate trainee Housing Manager with Knowsley MBC and went onto hold senior positions at Wirral and Halton Councils. Linda has a passion for tenant empowerment and building strong effective partnerships between landlords and tenants.  Linda’s focus throughout her career has been in housing where she has achieved positive outcomes for customers and communities. Linda is currently Executive Director of Customer and Communities at a housing association in Greater Manchester.

Kevin Williams


Kevin has extensive property development and asset management experience gained over the past 22 years.  He is financially astute with a strong grasp of financial matters, including business planning and stress testing.  Kevin is currently Executive Director of Commercial Services at The Guinness Partnership.  Kevin is responsible for the management of Guinness’ 11,000 leasehold properties, the marketing and sale of homes for Shared Ownership and market sale with projected receipts in excess of £500m over the next 4 years, management of the Guinness commercial asset and non-residential portfolio, and hard & soft Facilities Management services to the Guinness corporate estate.

Ian Hayhoe

Board Member

Ian is well-known within the business community of Halton.  Ian brings over 25 years’ experience in the Telecoms and Financial Services sectors to the Board of Halton Housing.  Ian is currently Director of Partnerships and Speacialist Services at VMO2 (Virgin Media/O2), a Director of Halton and Widnes Chamber of Commerce and Executive Chair of Halton Enterprises Ltd.

Matt Harrison

Lead Member for Development

Matt is CEO of a leading North West Housing provider.  Before taking on this role, Matt was Development Director at the same organisation and led on many iconic, award winning regeneration projects. He is currently a Board member of the Sheffield Local Housing Company, Chairs the Greater Manchester RP Joint Venture, Hive Homes and is a Board Member of its Sheffield City Region equivalent, Forge New Homes. He leads on Growth for the Greater Manchester Housing providers and is Chair of the South Yorkshire Housing Partnership. Matt has also been involved with a Local Strategic Partnership, has been a PFI Company NED and has supported the NHF in a variety of ways.  Matt is well versed in the power of partnership working and supportive of collaborative approaches to get things done.


Geoff Linnell

Lead Member for Digital

Geoff is a Non-Executive Chair and Director with measurable business transformation success and over 40 years’ experience ensuring companies deliver more business value. Geoff has a strong governance and risk management background with consensus stakeholder management. Geoff’s key strengths are strategy development, digital innovation, governance and risk management, transformation programme delivery, organisation design and talent management.  He has vast experience within many sectors including information technology, NHS, care services, adult learning, investment banking, wealth management, retail banking, building societies and insurance.  Geoff is also a Governance advisor being chair of a Combined Authority Standards Committee and local Parish Council Councillor.

Jennifer Halliday

Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Jennifer has over 30 years of executive experience leading finance and risk teams operating in both manufacturing and financial services industries.  She is currently Finance Director at CF Fertilisers UK Ltd based in Ince, Chester.  She sits on the Advisory Board of the Alliance Manchester Business School and is Chair of the North West Productivity Forum, part of the Productivity Institute working with business and government with a focus a particular focus on education and skills.

Leigh Wylie

Board Member

Leigh is a Chartered Accountant and has held senior leadership roles for over 20 years across a range of large financial services organisations.  Leigh brings extensive experience in finance, risk management and audit, gained in a highly regulated sector.  Leigh’s current role as Head of Internal Audit within the Insurance sector includes providing oversight to the Board and Audit Committee in protecting the assets, reputation and sustainability of the organisation, as well as providing oversight and challenge to the leadership team.  Leigh brings a breadth of experience across financial, customer, regulatory and operational risks as well as transformation oversight.

Norman Plumpton Walsh

Board Member

Norman is a local authority nominee appointed to the board in 2021.  Norman's responsibilities on Halton Borough Council range from ward member for the town centre part of Runcorn, together with being Chair of Safer Halton Policy and Performance Board, a member of Cheshire Police and Crime Panel, and recently Runcorn Town Deal Board.  Outside of council, Norman has a masters’ degree in Public Policy and Management and works as a civil servant.

Marie Wright

Board Member

Marie is a Local Authority nominee, she is currently the Executive Board Member For Health and Well-being, she is also Chair of Halton’s Health and Well-being Board.  Marie has volunteered in the community for over 35 years helping to develop Credit Unions and Food Co-ops, she is passionate about all aspects of Housing, especially Homelessness and Tenant issues, she is a Trustee of Nightstop Communities North West.  She has worked as a Training Co-ordinator/Tenant Support Officer with young people in Homeless projects.  Marie was Chair of Halton Tenants Federation for 10 years.

Board meeting dates


Board meetings allow members and the Leadership Team to get together to discuss plans for the future, whilst reflecting on activities from the previous months. Meetings are closed to members only, but summary notes are subsequently published. See date of forthcoming board meetings in 2022 below.

  • 28th September 2022
  • 17th November 2022

Board meeting summary notes


Board meetings are held every six weeks, and the published summaries of will be updated here after each meeting.

Further information and declarations of interest

A register of Board declarations of interest can be made available upon request to Katie Hamlett, Governance and Compliance Partner.