Independent Board Members

Independent Board Members

Mike Ainsley (Chair of Derby Homes)

Mike is a retired comprehensive school Headteacher who now works as an education consultant.  He has a long interest in social housing and was a board member of Derwent Living for fifteen years before retiring and joining Derby Homes. 

At Derwent Living, he chaired the Operations Committee for ten years. He also served as a member of Derby City Council for nine years, from 1987 to 1996, representing Abbey Ward.

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

Independent Board Members

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 Hate Crime.

Independent Board Members

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.