We are managed by a voluntary Board of Management. All members have a breadth of knowledge and experience which enables them to appropriately perform the required governance role and contribute to the association’s aims and long-term stability.
Bob has worked in the sector throughout his career; retiring as Chief Executive of Longhurst Group in 2015. He led the group’s growth from 800 to 18,500 homes and turnover of over £100 million per annum.
Bob is also currently chair of Bishop Grosseteste University and Saffron Housing Trust as well as interim chair of Ongo Partnership
Jessica is a researcher at Rose Regeneration and a senior visiting fellow at The National Centre for Rural Health and Care (based in Lincoln). She works on rural and coastal project across the UK. Jessica has a PhD in geographical sciences, is a Chartered Geographer (CGeog), a visiting fellow at Huddersfield Business School; a Fellow of the RSA; and a member of the Institute of Economic Development.
Barbara has worked in the housing sector for over 25 years; initially with the District Council in rent services, before specializing in supported housing and subsequently transferring to a Housing Association under a LSVT.
Barbara had responsibility for all aspects of supported housing, Right to Buy and administration and involvement in strategic planning of services such as maintenance, housing management, rent services, development, financial services and IT.
James Hazel qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and specialised in corporate law, commercial litigation and employment law. He was an equity partner in a regional law firm where he held various departmental headships.
In 2016, James retired from legal practice but continues to have involvement with various third sector associations and is a published author of crime fiction.
Karen is a retired Registered Nurse whose background was latterly in elderly care and rehabilitation. In the past she was Vice Chair of SSAFA at Cranwell and a parent elected member of LCC for education and scrutiny.
She has been the Vice Chair of Governors at a large Foundation Primary School for nearly twenty years with a special interest in Health and Safety and Safeguarding. Both of Karen’s parents spent their last two years together in a LACE Extra Care Facility and she therefore understands the positive difference LACE can make to the quality of life and happiness of their older residents.
Karen is delighted to be involved with the LACE team as the Board member appointed as Residents Involvement Group Champion.
Stuart has been delivering residential housing development projects for 35 years; initially with Lincolnshire County Council and then as part of the management buyout of Allison Homes in 1991 before selling to Kier group in 2001. He has been involved a numerous housing development from single plots to major projects of 3000+ units. Stuart brings those years of experience to LACE to support them to deliver their ambitious development program.
A member of the Enterprise Forum and a founder member of the APPG for SME House builders.
Adrian qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1991. Since then, he has had a career in senior financial roles with a variety of organisations including Plessey, McKechnie, Siemens, Nuffield Hospitals and more recently, as Finance Director of an SME in the Automotive sector.
With an MBA from the University of Lincoln in 2006, Adrian has extensive management experience and enjoys building and leading effective teams, adopting a ‘work smarter, not harder’ approach to improving efficiency and business performance. For the majority of his last 15 years, he has also been responsible for HR and IT, so brings a multi-disciplined breadth of knowledge to any organisation.
Nick has worked within the social housing sector for over 26 years, 20 of which as Chief Executive at LACE Housing. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Management, Nick has gained considerable experience, knowledge and understanding regarding the housing, care and support needs of older people.
Nick is Chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Housing Association Partnership and Lincolnshire Independent Living Partnership.
For over 15 years Nick has provided services to Education and currently serves as a Director of a local Academy.
After a career in the Police service and then in retail security, John spent his final working years at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. Over the years, he has served on various local charitable and community committees, chairing several from time to time and has been a committee member of a national radio communications registered charity for over 25 years.
John also spent 12 years as a local Councillor. Following his late mother's becoming a LACE resident, and seeing at first hand the difference that LACE makes to the lives of its residents, John joined the committee of the 'Friends Of LACE Housing', and has been its Chair for the past few years as well as a Co-opted member of the Board.
To provide such a wide range of services we require the support of a dedicated team of staff, board members and volunteers. Together, we have the skills, knowledge and experience required to ensure that our services provide our residents with a much-improved quality of life and a higher standard of living.