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Our board

Here you can find out about the people on H&SA's Board of Trustees.
The Housing and Support Alliance board is made up of trustees/directors. The board is there to make sure H&SA does a good job. Trustees come from various backgrounds - people who have used housing and support services, commissioners, housing and support providers in the voluntary and independent sector and those with a business background.
The board members are:

Karyn Kirkpatrick

Chair of H&SA
Chief Executive of KeyRing

Karyn is H&SA's Chairperson. she is also the Chief Executive of KeyRing Living Support Networks, a charity supporting vulnerable people, mainly those with learning disabilities, to live in their own homes as tenants or homeowners. She was also the Valuing People Now National Housing Lead at the Office of the National Director, Department of Health.

Eric Hardman

Secretary of H&SA
Head of Housing and Asset Management, Dimensions UK

Eric has responsibility for the provision of housing to people supported by Dimensions. His role also includes the management and maintenance of homes that are self-contained, shared housing, domiciliary care and residential care. 

Peter Webster

Treasurer of H&SA
Chief Executive, Reside Housing Association

Reside provides accommodation for people with disabilities, throughout England and Wales. Following a career as a mechanical engineer and industrial designer, Peter became Project Manager for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer UK). He then moved into estate management with a national care provider before being appointed as the CEO of Reside Housing Association Ltd.

Sarah Maguire

Chief Executive, Choice Support

Choice Support supports nearly 1,000 people with learning disabilities and other social care support needs. Sarah has worked with people with learning disabilities for almost 30 years. Her work began supporting people to move out of long stay institutions in the 1980’s. Sarah has been a training manager, an Operations Director and the Director of Quality and Safeguarding for Choice Support. Sarah is part of the steering committee for the Driving up Quality Alliance and a founder Board member of the Association of Quality Checkers.

Troy Jones

Commissioning Officer, Kent County Council

Troy is Commissioning Officer, Strategic Commissioning (Accommodation Solutions), Families and Social Care for Kent County Council. He develops commissioning strategies to ensure the effective delivery of accommodation-based services. He has over twenty years of experience in learning disability provision.

Helen Shields

Business Manager, Bromford Housing Group

Currently Business Manager for Bromford Support (the support arm of Bromford Group) employing more than 500 people and supporting many different client groups.  During her 20 year career in supported housing Helen has mainly been involved in the development and management of housing schemes for people with Learning Disabilities, including shared ownership and a financial advocacy service for vulnerable people.  Helen also has wide experience of developing and managing Extra Care housing for the elderly.

Bob Tindall

Until recently, Bob Tindall, was Managing Director of the learning disability and mental health charity United Response. For many years, Bob has been responsible for the effective running of United Response, including its day-to-day support to the people it serves, strategic planning and financial viability.

Peter Kinsey

Chief Executive at Care Management Group Ltd

Over the past 5 years, Peter Kinsey has turned CMG around and been an innovative leader in the sector.

Alison Rose- Quirie

CEO at Swanton

Currently CEO of Swanton Care and Community, Alison is also on the Board of Care England and the Housing and Support Alliance, and visiting Chair for the CQC.

Alison’s early career was as Prison Governor into Wandsworth prison, first operational female and youngest Governor of male prison on transfer to the independent sector.  MD of GSL (now G4S) prisons and immigration advising on international development projects.

Alison moved into the Secure Mental Health sector as MD for Priory and later Care UK.  Led the development of innovative rehabilitation services and a unique philosophy of care, always putting the service user at the very heart of the business.  Elected to Chair the Independent Mental Health Alliance (twice) and championed the cause of the sector and service users.  Involved in Parliamentary Groups, Ministerial Advisory Groups and co-authored, “The Pursuit of Happiness, a new ambition for our Mental Health services in 2014”.

Bernie Keenan

Executive Director at Progress Group

Bernie is an Executive Director with Progress Housing Group, which amongst other things, provides supported living accommodation for around 3,000 people with learning disabilities around the country. Bernie has around 30 years experience of working in general needs and supported housing and of providing advice and advocacy services for those in housing need.


Bernie is Executive Director of Housing, Community and Support Services at Progress Group
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