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Councillor Sarah Russell (Vice-Chair)
Sarah re-joined Derby Homes Board in 2019. She has been a Councillor in Abbey Ward since 2011, when she was elected as Derby’s youngest ever councillor at just 21.
She has served in a number of roles during that time, including Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare.
Sarah is passionate about social housing and the positive impact excellent homes can have on communities.
Councillor Alan Graves
Alan is a local businessman with a company (established in 1983) on Pride Park, Derby selling ePOS systems. In 2018 his business won the Federation of Small Business Awards' Ethical Green Business of the Year, in the East Midlands.
He was first elected to Derby City Council in 1995. He established the Reform Derby party in 2020, a new independent group focusing on Derby issues for local politics.
Alan originally served on Derby Homes' Board in 2002, its first year of operation, and he is now pleased to rejoin the board in 2020.
In his many duties as councillor, he was the Chairman of Finance and Cabinet member for Leisure & Direct Services. He chaired the QUAD capital board ensuring capital costs came in at budget. He was elated at bringing the two new Football Foundation funded buildings at Alvaston Park and the Racecourse.
Councillor Lucy Care
Lucy Care 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.
Mike Ainsley (Chair)
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.
Independent Board Member
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.
Independent Board Member
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.
Bob MacDonald (Vice-Chair)
Tenant Board Member
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.
Jenn Layton Annable
Tenant Board 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.