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The Board

Our Board is responsible for setting our strategic direction, has overall responsibility for our financial strength and our service performance, whilst ensuring that PCH achieves high standards and value for money. Our Board meet six times a year and our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in September each year. You can view our Board minutes and our Board and Committee Calendar to find out more.

Our Board members bring a broad range of skills and experience with them including backgrounds in housing, finance, customer service, equality and risk management. If you are interested in finding out more information about our board members, you can view their biographies below.

  • Nick Lewis, Chair

    Chair of the Board and member of the Remuneration Panel.

    Joined the PCH Board in October 2017.

    Nick is a Charted Accountant and has an MBE for services to Economic Development in the South West. Nick has experience in Corporate Governance, Finance, HR and Audit & Risk Management. Nick has been involved in social housing for a number of years and was previously Chair of North Devon Homes. Nick became the Chair of Plymouth Community Homes Board in October 2017 and sits on the Remuneration Panel. Nick is also a member of the Investment Committee for Resonance Community Developers and a Board member of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  

    To find out more about Nick read our interview with him. 

  • Debbie Roche, Vice Chair

    Vice Chair, Chair of the Remuneration Panel, member of the Customer Focus Committee and member of the Development Committee.

    Debbie, our Vice Chair, is a former Plymouth City Councillor and health and social care lecturer. She is a member of both the Customer Focus and Development Committees as well as Chair of the Remuneration Panel. Debbie now works in the mental health arena with a particular focus on eating disorders. She has written a book, Anorexia: A Son's Battle, A Mother's War. Debbie is involved with the national eating disorders awareness charity, MaleVoicED. Debbie has served on many strategic bodies around the city but presently is Vice-Chair of the National Housing Federation's Board Member National Group and Chair of Pembroke Estate Management Board, Plymouth's only tenant managed organisation. Debbie is also involved with the Devonport Community Land Trust and also sits on the Housing Ombudsman Resident Panel. 

    To find out more about Debbie, read our interview with her. 

  • Graham Stirling, Board Member

    Board Member, Vice Chair of the Development Committee and Director of PCH Regeneration Company Limited.

    Joined the PCH Board in January 2014.

    Graham was for years the Managing Director of a global high-tech manufacturing business. Graham has chaired many local and regional committees including Devon and Cornwall Training & Enterprise Council and Prosper and Business Link. Graham also finds the time to be a Patron of Shekinah Mission, serves as an external trustee of the University of Plymouth Students Union and is a trustee of Provide Devon. Graham is Chairman of the Barden Corporation (UK) Supervisory Board and Friends of Holy Cross Church Newton Ferrers Trust, Deputy Chair of Plymouth Employment & Skills Board and is a Board member of the Plymouth Area Business Council. Graham is Vice Chair of the Development Committee and Director of PCH Regeneration Company Limited.

    "I was invited to have a chat with the then CEO of PCH, Clive Turner, and the Chair of the Board, Elaine Pellow. They showed me the amazing regeneration work going on in North Prospect and it was mind blowing, so impressive. I felt I had to be part of this going forward and I have enjoyed every minute of the journey. A super organisation involved in improving the lives of so many people."

  • Simon Ashby, Board Member

    Board Member and member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

    Simon is a Professor at Vlerick Business School, Belgium and is Director of Perilla Ltd, a training and consultancy firm. Simon also brings a range of practical skills in these areas, having worked as a financial regulator and a senior risk manager in a number of UK financial institutions. Simon has a PhD in corporate risk management and has published many academic papers and reports on risk, financial services regulation, banking and insurance. Simon is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. In his spare time Simon enjoys walking on Dartmoor and is a keen gardener. Simon loves to cook new dishes with the produce that he and his wife grow in their garden.

    “I grew up in Devon and as a young adult learned first-hand how expensive houses are to buy or rent here. When I had the opportunity to work with PCH I jumped at the chance to use my skills and experience to help others find decent homes in the region.”


  • Graham Clayton, Board Member

    Board Member, member of the Customer Focus Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

    Joined the PCH Board in September 2015.

    Graham is a qualified chartered accountant and is a marker for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He was a Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance at Plymouth University for 26 years until his retirement in 2015. Later that year he joined the board at PCH. Graham sees PCH as very much “tenant-focussed” and feels that it is extremely well run at all levels. His role in the organisation is, to him, both challenging and very enjoyable. Graham believes that social housing has a vital role to play in the lives and happiness of millions of people and their communities in this country and that PCH fulfils that role admirably in the city. In his spare time Graham is Treasurer and Driver for Totnes and Rural Community Transport and he is also Treasurer and Director of Harberton Cricket Club Ltd and Treasurer for Harbertonford Football Club.  Graham is a member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and the Customer Focus Committee. 

    "I joined the PCH board because I believe in the concept and value of social housing. The UK's housing market is in a bit of a mess. More investment in, and promotion of, social housing is vital. I felt that working with PCH would be interesting and rewarding. It certainly has been."

  • Lavinia Porfir, Board Member


    Board Member, Chair of the Customer Focus Committee and member on the Remuneration Panel.

    Joined the Customer Focus Committee in April 2017 and the PCH Board in September 2018.

    Lavinia was born in Romania and moved here with her husband and has a young daughter. Lavinia has numerous qualifications including a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, a Master’s Degree in European Studies, a Master’s Degree in Communications and Public Relations and an Advance Diploma in The Management of Resources in Public Administration. Having worked for eight years as an advisor in Iasi City Council Romania, she dealt with lots of people from different backgrounds and offered them support. Lavinia currently works at Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council as a Community Engagement Worker and Advocate. Lavinia is Chair of our Customer Focus Committee and also sits on our Remuneration Panel.

    “I really believe that PCH is part of the wider community and part of Plymouth as a city. I am really happy to be part of this story. From the moment I approached PCH, I felt the professionalism and dedication of the people who work here. The future of PCH looks brilliant and I want to make sure PCH continues to adapt to new housing requirements and continues to offer great service that people want and can afford."

  • Liz Nicolls, Board Member

    Board Member, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Development Committee.

    Liz is a Plymouthian who has worked for the Greater London Council, at the heart of Government and with Housing Ministers on affordable housing policy. In 2014, she began working with London & Quadrant Housing. She is a candidate for Southway ward in the next local election. When she’s not fully occupied with work, Liz’s hobbies are world travel, learning languages, and socialising. She also volunteers with Shekinah Mission. Liz is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and also sits on Development Committee.

    Read more about Liz here

  • Maddi Bridgeman, Board Member

    Board Member and member of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

    Maddi is a city councillor for Moor View ward and is a Cabinet member for Environment, Street Scene and Climate Change. She has been appointed as the Deputy Lord Mayor for Plymouth from May 21.  She is also a Trustee of Plymouth Energy Committee. She has a foundation degree in Library and Information Science and has worked across a range of sectors and small businesses – everything from creative industries, farming and rural firms to large manufacturing corporations such as BAE Systems and Schneider Electric. She has also worked for the NHS. Maddi is a member of our Audit and Risk Committee.

    Read more about Maddi here.

  • Valerie Lee, Board Member

    Board Member and member of the Customer Focus Committee.

    Joined the PCH Board in September 2020.

    Valerie Lee hails from Plymouth and was educated at Plymstock Comprehensive, where she was head girl. She has enjoyed an extensive career in retail with director positions at Debenhams and Clarks. Valerie now runs her own consultancy company. She is currently non-executive Chair of Sphere Leisure Board for the Circadian Trust operating in the Bristol area and is a board member for Selwood Housing Group who operate in Wiltshire and Somerset. Valerie also has a non-executive role with the NHS at University Hospitals Plymouth. She is a member of our Customer Focus Committee.

    "I joined PCH because I am passionate about supporting businesses that strive to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities across the South West. I am particularly keen to reduce inequalities across Plymouth as I have lived in the area most of my life."

  • Julie White, Board Member

    Board Member and Chair of the Development Committee.

    Joined the PCH Board in September 2020.

    Julie White is a chartered surveyor and member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with experience in development, construction and property management across the private and public sectors. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Building and a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She is the former Chief Executive of Tamar Housing Society and co-founder of the new right-to-own tenure Rentplus. She is a trustee of the Kingsbridge charity Feoffees. Julie is Chair of the Development Committee.

  • Ian Tuffin, Board Member

    Board Member and member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

    Joined the PCH Board in September 2021.

    Ian is a former Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care and sits on the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Plymouth City Council. Ian has represented St Peter and the Waterfront as a city councillor for the last 10 years and had previously worked as a health and safety representative in the manufacturing industry.  Ian is also a Trustee of Millfield Inspired Widening Horizons, a programme developed by Millfield Trust that supports schools and young people in the Stonehouse area. Ian is a member of our Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Ember Wolffire, Co-optee to CFC

    Co-optee to the Customer Focus Committee.

    Ember is a tenant co-optee to the Customer Focus Committee and has held a variety of different roles ranging from estate agent and mechanic to cleaner and landscape gardener. She has also experienced first-hand the multitude of courses and opportunities PCH provides for tenants such as: spend and saves, mystery shopping and Learn for Free courses.

    This wealth of experience and knowledge has led Ember to endeavour to say yes when opportunities present themselves. Ember enjoys getting involved and helping where she can and is also a dedicated Board member/Trustee of many organisations including Timebank South West, Plymouth Pride and Four Greens Community Trust.

  • Kelly Wilding, Co-optee to CFC

    Co-optee to the Customer Focus Committee.

    Kelly was born and raised in Plymouth. Her father was in the Marines and stationed here. Her family remained in the city after his retirement. She spent most of her working life in the cinema and film industry, including time working for 20th Century Fox in London. She is a carer for her disabled sister and also mum to a young daughter. She is currently studying for a BA at Marjon University. A PCH tenant, Kelly is a co-optee to our Customer Focus Committee and would urge any tenant to get involved with PCH.

  • Richard Connolly, Co-optee to Development Committee

    Co-optee to the Development Committee

    Richard leads his own Management & Development services company, is an Independent NED at Exeter City Living and Exeter City Group - the commercial companies owned by Exeter City Council, and a NED Chairman of the Board of Oxford City Housing Group. He is also a school governor in Torbay.

    Richard is proud to join PCH’s Development Committee to support the vision and ambitious plans for growth, investment and services.