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Board Members

Meet our Board Members

Bryan McPaul FCIPD (BOARD CHAIR)

Skills: Housing,Youth work, HR and Executive Management.

Bryan works in senior management recruitment, assessment and development, building leadership capability, employee engagement and organisational change. He has some 15 years NED/Trustee experience in housing and services to young people and is currently a Non Exec Director with Manchester based Procure Plus, who invest to create social and economic wellbeing for their neighbourhoods.

With an earlier career in HR, Bryan progressed to board level roles in sales and marketing before moving into consultancy. A qualified leadership coach, Bryan is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Principal Practioner with the Association of Business Psychologists.

Married with 4 adult children, Bryan enjoys, but no longer plays, sports, he is a match going supporter of football and rugby, enjoys hill walking here and in Europe and regular trips to the cinema.

Claire Fouracre (Chair of Tenants and Communications Committee)

Skills: Housing, Income Management and Customer Service

After leaving grammar school, Claire became a parent at the age of eighteen. She enjoyed a brief spell working in the aviation industry before joining Manchester City Council as a Council Tax Officer for four years.

Claire discovered her passion for all things social housing after joining City West Housing Trust (CWHT), now known as For Housing who are part of the Forviva Group, as an Income Officer in 2013. Claire has worked hard to develop her housing career over a six year period, successfully moving into management after working in the sector for two years.

She has worked at various different organisations during this time which has broadened her skills, knowledge and outlook. After leaving CWHT, Claire joined the Guinness Partnership (TGP) as a team manager where she led through a period of organisational change, helping to shape the newly formed national Customer Accounts Team.

Claire re joined Manchester City Council and currently heads up Council Tax administration and collection across South Manchester. Claire is part of the Revenues and Benefits senior management team, and is involved in the making of key strategic decisions and policy making.

Claire was delighted to be offered a place on the board and is looking forward to once again being involved in the housing sector and having the opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives
Having married her childhood sweetheart, Claire is now mother to two teenagers. She enjoys keeping fit as well as spending time with family, friends and her dog Alan; though her husband defines her hobby as “work”!

Tom Sault CPFA ( Chair of Governance & Internal Controls Committee )

Skills: Finance, Business Management

Tom, a qualified accountant, enjoyed a career spanning 44 years in the public sector working at Wirral Council. This included over 15 years involvement with housing finance before taking up a senior finance position until he retired at the end of 2017.

Born on the Wirral, Tom has always enjoyed the many things on offer in the area. He was recently appointed as a Trustee for the Tam O’Shanter Cottage Farm Trust. Rekindling his links with housing Tom joined the Association’s Board in 2019.

Married with two children Tom spends time gardening, walking and eating. He is a keen local football historian, who was involved with New Brighton F.C. for many years, and continues to support the West Cheshire League.

Sandra Simmons MBE (Honorary Secretary)

Skills: HR, Management, Finance, Community Support.

For the past twenty years, Sandra has worked as Chair of Governors at two local schools, leading and supporting the Governing Body, Headteachers and staff. In 2007 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Education. She has also worked with local charities to empower people and to help anyone struggling against unequal odds.
In earlier years she worked within Adult Basic Education with Hamilton Square Adult Literacy Centre which gave her insight in to the life struggles that many people experience and worked to enable people to engage with modern life and gain the skills they needed to thrive.

She likes to spend my spare time with my family and also gardening, walking and enjoying the local area.

David Smith

Skills: Financial Management, Account Analysis.

David spent over 50 years working in the Insurance Industry with the majority of that time spent working as an underwriter with Royal and Sun Alliance (RSA). Before leaving RSA David was a Head Office underwriter dealing with a number of commercial classes of business including property and theft. After leaving RSA David worked as the Northern Director of a small firm of Insurance Brokers specialising in the niche market of Legal Indemnities and dealt with solicitors from around the UK, before retiring in June 2018.

David was born in Lincolnshire but moved around the UK, working in a number of cities before moving to Liverpool. Whilst with RSA David was heavily involved in Union matters and was Chairman of the Cardiff Branch of the Union. David has been on the PTA of two schools, (one as Chairman) and was the Deputy Chairman of the Governors at Willaston Primary School. He is now active in Willaston Methodist Church as the Property Steward and one of a number of Worship Leaders. David is married with two children and four grandchildren who also keep him busy.

Maggie Cornall

Skills: Housing Management, Supported Housing, Repairs and Maintenance and Asset Management.

Maggie has worked in social housing for many years and with several employers. She began her career at Preston Council moving onto North British Housing Association (now Places for People) and later taking a role at West Lancashire District Council. She then moved to managing agent, Anchor Trust, working on the Liverpool Housing Action Trust contract for almost 7 years, before eventually moving to Blackpool where she has spent the majority of her career.

Since 2015 Maggie has been employed as Director of Operations for BCH and has overall responsibility for the housing management, supported housing and repairs and maintenance services and asset management.

She has previously been the chairman of the Blackpool Home Start service, which provides support for families with children under 5 years of age, many of whom were customers of BCH and was a non-executive director of Generation Rent, a small but national organisation that campaigns to improve the rights of private sector tenants and whose influence was recognised in the 2015 general election and London Mayoral election in 2016.

Kerry Scott

Skills: Housing Development, Sustaining Growth

Kerry has over 25 years of residential property experience with a social purpose. As Director and Founder of K&Co Homes, she provides professional consultancy services to the housing industry, assisting contractors and developers to drive forward their ambitious housing growth plans. Over recent years she has become experienced member of senior leadership teams ensuring that the strategic vision, values and culture is embedded into all organisations.
Kerry is a busy working Mum with two boys so spends a lot of weekends on the side of a football or rugby pitch. She enjoys keeping fit and getting out running when she can.

Originally from the Wirral, growing up in Bebington, she is delighted to be back working on the Wirral.

Craig Sparrow BA Hons

Skills: Property development, Housing and Executive Leadership

Craig currently works as the Executive Director of Development for a North Wales based housing association, ClwydAlyn, and has spent the last 30 years securing land and delivering affordable homes across the region. He is the Chair of the Strategic Delivery Group for Future Homes in Wales and has worked closely with Government to help deliver the housing programme. Craig has been responsible for a large number of general housing projects but also specialist schemes for older people, supported accommodation, autism, dementia and more recently, low carbon development.

Craig lives in North Wales and has two daughters, enjoys power boating, amateur archaeology and traveling.

John Morgan

Skills: Finance, Corporate Strategy

John joined the Board of Wirral Methodist Housing Association in June 2022. After 20 years of working in senior finance roles John is growing his own accounting business serving small to medium sized business across the UK. John is an Associate member of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and Certified Member in Practice.

Coupled with his strength in finance is John’s passion in developing high performing teams. By helping to develop the corporate strategy at Wirral Methodist HA John is keen to make a positive difference to the wider communities WMHA impacts.

Away from work John really enjoys an active role in Caldy Rugby Club, getting time to play golf and enjoy precious moments with his young family