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DEVELOPING HOMES AND CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITHIN WEST NORFOLK

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Who we are

The Board leads and controls Freebridge. This includes setting the budget and overall strategy, developing the business plan and monitoring performance. The Board is made up of tenant, independent, council and executive representation.

Andy Walder

Andy Walder (Chairman)

Andy lives in North Wootton and has recently retired from the Construction Industry Training Board where he worked for some 14 years. He was responsible for the CITB's training colleges across the UK, training over 30,000 learners every year and worked closely with construction companies, clients and developers. Andy's earlier experience was in asset management and running multiple site licensed retail outlets for major UK companies such as Allied Domecq and Whitbread. He is currently a Director of the St Edmunds School Academy in King's Lynn and works with both Wolverhampton University and Constructionarium to promote the benefits of vocational training to support academic learning. He is married to Karen, who was born in King's Lynn, and they have 2 daughters who have grown up in the area.

Simon Smith

Simon Smith (Vice Chairman)

Simon has built up his knowledge of West Norfolk over 25 years and joined the Freebridge board in 2016. A career lawyer, he was an Equity Partner and CEO at 2 regional law firms. He is a Consultant and trainer to the legal profession, and a Post Graduate assessor serving the international market. He also holds a number of other roles including Chair of a County Constabulary/OPCC Audit Committee, ‘Independent Person’ to the Broads Authority, and Adjudicator to a Chartered Institute. Simon has strong Norfolk connections and is a Trustee of the county wide Citizens Advice service which supports over 20,000 clients each year.

Steve Clark

Steve Clark

Steve lives in Downham Market and has now retired. He has spent his whole career in the housing profession and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. As well as working in local government as director of housing, he has taught housing qualifications and social studies at Southampton University and worked for a major practice of research and consultancy. Steve has previously been a board member of Swaythling Housing Society. He currently acts as a volunteer with MIND and the Swaffham and Litcham home hospice support and represents West Norfolk as a governor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust.

Tony Hall

Tony Hall (Chief Executive)

Tony is Freebridge's Chief Executive and more information about him can be found here.

Marcus Hopkins

Marcus Hopkins

Marcus lives with his wife and daughter in King’s Lynn. Although he was born in Bedford, he had always been a regular visitor to King’s Lynn – where he met is wife and eventually moved here in 1992. Marcus began his own small business in 2005 and continues to manage it today. He has been a Borough Councillor for a number of years, taking on the additional roles of Vice Chairman on the Audit Committee and Vice Chairman of Licensing and Appeals Board. He is also a member of the Licensing Committee.

Brian long

Brian Long

Brian was born near King's Lynn and has lived in the area all his life, now living in Marshland St. James. He was elected to the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk in 2003 and Norfolk County Council in 2009. He was previously portfolio holder at the Borough Council for Housing and Communities and was deputy leader from 2007 until 2015. He is currently leader of the Borough Council. He has also had involvement with local drainage boards and the Norfolk Coast Partnership.

Ian Pinches

Ian Pinches

Ian is a local business owner and lives in Fincham. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Before establishing his own company, Ian gained over 10 years senior and director level experience in the housing association sector and has also served on the board of a London based charity established to give residents a voice in local planning matters. He has many years experience as a school governor, parish councillor, parochial church councillor and local fundraiser. Ian has recently also been appointed to serve on the Joint Audit Committee of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.

Jas Rigg

Jas Rigg

Jas is a Freebridge tenant who was born, raised and still lives in King's Lynn. Her early work life was in the secretarial field but she has worked for Norfolk County Council for the past 20 years mainly in front line services but in varying roles. She was previously an active member of a local youth club, working along with Community Support Officers supporting young children mainly from South Lynn to be actively involved in their local community and encouraging them to explore their creative nature.

Marie Connell

Marie Connell

Marie was born and raised in Kings Lynn. She grew up on Fairstead Estate and went to Springwood High School. Her first job after leaving school was with a local firm of solicitors. After a few years working abroad and then in Nottingham within the Public Sector Marie settled into a civilian career within the Police Service in London. She ended her time there in a senior management position leading the Shared Services Department. Marie decided it was time to return to the place she always called home in 2010 and she now works for Volunteering Matters on projects that support vulnerable people.

Pauline Pratt

Pauleen Pratt

Pauleen was born in Dersingham, went to school in Hunstanton and to College in Kings Lynn. While she has moved around for work her ‘home’ has always been West Norfolk. Now living in South Wootton with her partner. Pauleen is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience of the National Health Service. Pauleen was Director of Nursing at United Lincolnshire Hospitals and led the turnaround of quality improvement programme to gain removal from special measures. Pauleen has many skills from her time in the NHS that will be useful to Freebridge Board including quality improvement, user experience and change management. Pauleen believes that good housing contributes to health and wellbeing hence her reason for joining the Board. Now working as an Independent Nurse Consultant part time, Pauleen is excited to offer her skills to the Freebridge Board and contribute to its strategic ambitions.

Richard Spilsbury

Richard Spilsbury

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1980, Richard gained valuable experience with companies in the construction, retail and manufacturing sectors before joining Birmingham City University (BCU) where he was Director of Finance until his retirement in 2016. At BCU he had overall responsibility for financial governance and compliance, property development appraisal, treasury management and financial monitoring. He has previously served as a board member of Wrekin Housing Trust and as a non-executive board member at Millennium Point Trust, a charitable organisation based in Birmingham. Richard and his wife live in Beetley and they have 3 grown up children.

Shelley Lamprell-Josephs

Shelley Lamprell-Josephs

Shelley is a Freebridge tenant, living in St Germans. Shelley’s professional life is in health, social care and education. She began as a nurse in the NHS, then moved into community crisis and homelessness (housing) support, working her way up to managerial levels in this field. Following this, Shelley qualified as a counselling psychotherapist and became a qualified adult education trainer for health and social care, developing her own courses. She then created a specialist, holistic end of life training programme, which she has rolled out to hospices and centres in various parts of the country. She subsequently developed this into a charity for people with terminal illness and their families . Shelley also works in a management role, supporting and advocating for people with complex needs and disabilities in West Norfolk.

 

 
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