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. Its members bring a broad range of skills and experience with them. These include 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. Our Chair is Nick Lewis.
Our Board meet six times a year and we publish the latest news in our newsletter Big Decisions. Our Annual General Meeting is held in September.
Nick Lewis, Chair
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.
Katie McBride, Vice Chair
Katie began her career in Local Government having attended the University of Plymouth to study Criminal Justice and Psychology. A former Chief Executive of Equality South West, a regional equality and human rights body, she is an Associate lecturer at the University of Plymouth and has recently completed a PhD in Criminology. Katie is Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of Customer Focus Committee and Remuneration Panel. To find out more about Katie, read our interview with her.
Nigel Pitt, Board Member
Nigel was Director of Development at Plymouth City Council and has wide experience in planning, development and regeneration in Plymouth and elsewhere. He is currently a Trustee of the Plymouth Drake Foundation. Nigel is Chair of the Development Committee and also sits on our Audit & Risk Committee. To find out more about Nigel read our interview with him.
Graham Stirling CBE, Board Member
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 Chair of the PCH Manufacturing Services Board and Vice Chair of the Development Committee. To find out more about Graham, read our interview with him.
Maureen Alderson, Board Member
Maureen is a highly skilled and experienced public policy professional with expertise in governance and public administration in both the UK and the USA. Maureen has worked for the South West Regional Development Agency as the Head of Policy and Strategy. Currently Maureen is a lecturer at City College Plymouth and is a member of Westcountry Schools Trust (WEST). Maureen sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. Read our interview with Maureen here.
Simon Ashby, Board Member
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 the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the PCH Manufacturing Services Board. 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. To find out more about Simon, read our interview with him.
Tina Tuohy, Board Member
As a Councillor for Ham Ward, Tina is Vice Chair of the Planning Committee. She sits on various panels including Your Plymouth, Ambitious and Overview and Scrutiny Panels. Tina has lived in Plymouth since 1970, is a tenant of PCH and has always been interested in Housing and in people and their communities. Her focus is the community of North Prospect through work with various community associations, resident groups and involvement in providing arts and culture activities for all ages. Tina is a trustee of Transforming Plymouth Together; she is also Governor of Keyham Barton RC Primary School and sits on the North Yard Community Trust. She teaches archaeology online for Exeter University. Tina is a member of the Customer Focus Committee. Read our interview with Tina here.
Graham Clayton, Board Member
Graham is a qualified chartered accountant and is an Examiner 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. Graham is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. To find out more about Graham, read our interview with him.
Lavinia Porfir, Board Member
Lavinia was born in Romania and moved here six years ago 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 Vice Chair of our Customer Focus Committee and also sits on our Remuneration Panel. Lavinia said: “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.” You can read more about Lavinia here.
Liz Nicolls, Board Member
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. 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 Vice Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and also sits on Development Committee. Read more about Liz here.
Debbie Roche, Board Member
Debbie is a former Plymouth City Councillor and health and social care lecturer. She 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 Chair of 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 & Leisure Trust. To find out more about Debbie, read our interview with her.
Maddi Bridgeman, Board Member
Maddi is a city councillor for Moor View ward and sits on the Plymouth City Council Planning Committee and is Shadow Cabinet for Environment, Street Scene and Climate Change. 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 Vice Chair of the PCH Manufacturing Services Board and a member of the Development Committee. Read more about Maddi here.
Ember Wolffire, Co-optee to CFC
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
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
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, a Board member of Anchorwood Homes - a commercial Development Company subsidiary of North Devon Homes, and 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.