Board members

Shiraz was appointed to Derby Homes Board in May 2021.

He has lived in Derby for over 50 years and is the owner of a sub-post office since 1989.

Shiraz is a Derby City Councillor for the Abbey ward and was elected to Derby City Council in 2004.  He is currently the Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee and has previously chaired the Licensing Committee, Personnel Committee and Appeals Committee.

Declarations of interest - 6 November 2022

  • Employee of Post Office Limited
  • Board Member of The Liversage Trust

Cllr Jerry Pearce

Jerry originally joined the Derby Homes Board in 2019, shortly after being elected as a Councillor for the first time in the Chaddesden Ward.‌

He has worked in the Plumbing/Heating industry for 40 years in various roles and is currently a freelance estimator alongside his council role.

Jerry has been a Derby County season ticket holder for over 20 years.

Declarations of interest - 3 November 2022

  • Liversage Trust Board Member
  • Committee Member of the Wilmot, Gilbert and Berrysford Charity
  • Governor of Cavendish Close Infants School, Wood Road, Chaddesden, Derby.

Councillor Lucy Care

Lucy joined the Derby Homes Board in 2018. She is a councillor in Littleover ward, having been first elected in 1993. Lucy's background is in engineering and she takes a keen interest in the sustainability of housing. This includes the energy use in homes and the way communities work.

Lucy has also worked on national policy development with the Liberal Democrats and stood for parliament.

Declarations of interest - 26 October 2022

  • Member of Derbyshire Environmental Trust
  • Member of Pensions and Investments Committee, of Derbyshire Local Authority Pension Fund
  • Member of Council of Governors, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Partner in Littleover Community Print
  • Partner in Derby LD Adverts
  • Member of Friends of Littleover Parks
  • Member of Derby Cycling Group
  • Member of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
  • Member of Derby Quakers‌


Mike Ainsley

Mike is a retired comprehensive school Headteacher. He has a long interest in social housing and was a board member of Derwent Living for 15 years before retiring and joining Derby Homes. At Derwent Living he chaired the Operations Committee for 10 years.

He joined the board of Derby Homes in 2011 and became chair in 2014.

He also served as a member of Derby City Council for 9 years from 1987 to 1996, representing Abbey Ward.

As well as his interest in housing, Mike is interested in the arts and currently chairs the board of Derby Jazz.

Declarations of interest - 27 October 2022

  • Director of the National Federation of ALMO’s
  • Director of Derby Jazz
  • Trustee of Northworthy Trust
  • Volunteer of Derby CAMRA

Jsan Shepherd

Jsan has over 20 years experience working in the social housing sector and has worked as a senior housing manager at neighbouring organisations in the East Midlands. She has recently set up her own business and is currently engaged in coaching, consultancy and project management work.

Jsan is passionate about good quality social housing and the positive impact well designed and delivered services can have on communities.

She lives in Nottingham, but was brought up in Derby and still has family living in the area, maintaining close links with the City.

Jsan is the Board's Champion for Equalities and Hate Crime.

Declarations of interest - 7 November 2022

  • Sole trader, Business and Project Management, Community Development, Coaching.
  • Immediate family member is employee of a housing partnership organisation.

Iain MacDonald

Iain has been a member of the Board of Derby Homes since its inception and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Iain is the Board's Champion for Health & Safety and for Safeguarding.

He is a former local authority Chief Executive and former United Nations Chief Executive of the City of Pristina, Kosovo. Iain is also a former national President and Chairman of a number of professional Associations.

Iain is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Declarations of interest - 8 November 2022

  • Derby Homes representative on the Board of CMAP (Central Midlands Audit Partnership) and current elected Chair of CMAP

Bob MacDonald

Bob has lived in Derby since 1987, spending the last 25 years in Alvaston. He served in the Royal Air Force joining at the tender age of 16. Since leaving the RAF, he has spent most of his working life in a customer service environment. He also spent time as an area manager for a Contract Security Company.

Bob became a Derby Homes tenant in 2011 and served on the Tenant Panel, City and Operational Boards, before being appointed to the Board of Derby Homes.

He looks forward to continuing to represent tenants at Board level. Bob is the Board's Champion for Customer Service.

Declarations of interest - 25 October 2022

  • NFA Tenant Advisory Panel
  • Housing Ombudsman Resident Panel Member

Jenn has lived in Derby for seven years with her family and is developing a career as an academic studying mental health and identity in autistic women. She is passionate about equitable services for all and strives to include a diverse and co-produced perspective in all the work she is involved in.

Declarations of interest - 4 November 2022

  • Managing Director of Changemaking Limited (Dormant)

Charlene Bhurton

Charlene was born and raised in Derby and has a passion for social housing and for ensuring the city continues to rejuvenate the community and bring people together.

She has over 15 years experience working in the private sector (both in the UK and USA) and a background in quality assurance/risk management. Charlene is keen to ensure Derby Homes provides a best-in-class service to its customers and the wider community. She believes this can be achieved by implementing strategies that make sense and by having the best interest of tenants and customers at the heart of all actions.

A Derby Homes tenant herself, Charlene joined the Operational Board in 2019 before being appointed to the main Board of Directors and Audit Committee in January 2021.‌

Declarations of interest - 6 November 2022

  • Employee of Heineken UK