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Elim Housing Board

Our Board Members are accountable for the robust governance and success of Elim Housing, and oversee all our activities including monitoring performance, planning for the future and agreeing policy.

The Board is led by 10 voluntary members who bring a diverse set of skills and expertise. They drive our aspirations and ensure we are applying commercial thinking to the achievement of our social aims.

Our current Chair is Andy Lunt, who took on the post in September 2019.

Sonia Furzland

Joined: 2018

Sonia has worked in housing for over 30 years and has a special interest in customer involvement, place based leadership and operational management.

"I feel keenly my responsibility as a Board member to ensure that we deliver safe, high quality homes and that the decisions we make need to be informed by our customers priorities and aspirations"

Kathryn Pennington

Joined: 2019


Rachael Fisher, ACA,FCT, BSocsc

Joined: 2010

Rachael is a member of Elim’s Risk and Audit Committee and has a special interest in Finance, Risk and Treasury Management.

"I had previously worked within another Housing Association and had really enjoyed the experience. The opportunity to get back involved in the world of social housing really excited me."

Mark Williams, FCT, ACMA, CGMA, HNC, BSc  (Hons)

Joined: 2013

Mark is also a member of Elim's Risk and Audit Committee. He has special interests in Finance, Housing Development, Financial Planning, Compliance, and Treasury and Risk Management.

"I became a Board Member to obtain experience with a focus on helping solve issues that make a difference to people's lives."

Jacqui Darbyshire, BSc, MRICS

Joined: 2015

Jacqui is also a Director of Lime Property Ventures and has a special interest in Property Development and Management.

"Elim is an open-minded organisation keen to diversify, grow, and yet keep its core values at heart."

Andy Lunt

Joined: 2016

Andy has special interests in Health Care, Strategy Development, Support Services, and Operational Management.

"Having chaired the Organisational Development Committee, I am very pleased to be taking on the role of Group Chair in September 2019. My work with Elim enables me to build upon my previous charitable experience and contribute to the development of a complex, progressive housing provider, and help our residents achieve their ambitions."


Alistair Allender, BA

Joined: 2007

Alistair is Chief Executive of Elim Housing and Managing Director of Lime Property Ventures.

"My background is in Housing, Development and Support, and I have been been able to use these skills as a Board Member and Group CEO."

David Heyes

Joined: 2017

David chairs the Elim Organisational Development Committee supporting effective change and transformation.

"My parents benefited hugely from social housing, as did I. I passionately support Elim’s fantastic people in their aim to provide homes and services that change people’s lives."

Melissa Barber

Joined: 2017

Melissa has special interests in Communications, Marketing, PR, Digital and Branding.

"I am always thinking outside of the box, coming up with creative, innovative ways to implement marketing and communications strategies that effectively reinforce and build brand awareness and achieve long term business objectives."

David Stollard, BEng, CEng, MICE, MAPM, MBA

Joined: 2017

David has over 20 years’ experience in the deployment of large mixed use capital projects across the world.

"I'm very keen to ensure that my skills and experience can be deployed to further benefit the immediate community, and I hope this will continue to be of a benefit to Elim Housing.”

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