Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is currently made up of 14 people who are representatives from founding members of wMUCH, as well as other individuals who have been co-opted onto the Board. At and after our third Annual General Meeting in 2022, our Board of Directors will be elected by our Members each year.
Nic Bliss, Chair

A long term member, tenant and volunteer for 20/20 Housing Co-operative, Nic is Head of Policy for the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, for whom he has worked in both paid and voluntary capacities since the 1990s. Nic has worked with numerous community led housing organisations – both to help them set up and to help them thrive as community businesses. Nic specialises in governance and management guidance for community led housing organisations – he is an experienced trainer and group developer – and he has worked with many local authorities and housing associations in a variety of capacities. Nic is also a director of Leeds Community Homes. 

Linda Hines, Vice Chair

Linda moved to Perry Common in 1977, having never worked in the community and never really understanding what those who did got out of it. Her home in Perry Common was one of 908 that had to be demolished in 1989. Linda became a Director of Witton Lodge Community Association in 1996 and is now Chair of the organisation. She has 28 years of experience enabling residents to get involved and feel the benefit of making a difference themselves and was awarded an M.B.E. in 2009. 

Andy Reeve, Secretary

Andy is founder of DemoDev, which recently won The Urban Challenge Award with PUBLIC and West Midlands Combined Authority to explore how we can create a new supply model in the West Midlands, and he is a previous winner of the Geovation prize, working with Land Registry and Ordnance Survey data to identify underused land and turn it in to open designed, sustainable, adaptable homes. He is currently working with the West Midlands Combined Authority on delivery of innovative housing in the region.

Afzal Hussain

Afzal is Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association – a dynamic social enterprise and community landlord. The Association champions community – led solutions and has overseen the comprehensive redevelopment of Perry Common since 1994. It owns and manages a variety of homes and community assets, piloting the City’s first community asset transfer in 2010, and through its Flourishing Community Programme delivers a range of health, employment and environmental initiatives. Prior to joining WLCA, Afzal held a number of senior regeneration posts.

Akwasi Nuamah

Akwasi is an academic with over15 years experience of teaching varied accounting modules. He is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow at Birmingham City University and an Associate Tutor in Accounting at the University of London. He is also a  fully qualified  finance executive  who  has held a variety of business development/commercial management and financial  management  duties  within the BBC, in  the private sector and  previously  for the Orbit Group, where he developed financial models for housing schemes.

Carl Taylor

Carl was formerly Director of Redditch Co-operative Homes, now Assistant Director of New Business and Growth for Accord HA. As a CLH Enabler Carl has supported the development of 15 Housing Co-operatives managing over 2000 homes over a period of 28 years.  In particular he led the development of 5 Co-ops and 750 new Homes as part of Redditch Co-operative Homes, and assisted the Tenant Management Organisations that now form WATMOS, he has also developed a specialism in Low Carbon Housing.

David Mullins

David is Emeritus Professor of Housing Policy at the University of Birmingham. He has undertaken extensive research on community-led housing in England and internationally; including a long standing action research collaboration with Self-Help Housing.Org demonstrating the benefits of community-led reactivation of empty homes. In July 2018 he organised the Hope for Housing research conference in Birmingham which helped found wMUCH. He is a former trustee of UK Cohousing Trust and a current committee member of GreenSquareAccord and the Birmingham Co-operative Housing Services Partnership Board.   

Eddy Morton

Eddy is a musician and has owned and run Katie Fitzgerald’s music and comedy venue  in Stourbridge  for  the last twenty years . The centre has become a hub for community activism over recent years,  supporting and initiating many community events and supporting local charities. In 2018 Eddy set up Stourbridge CDT, which has been working with Accord on the first CLH scheme  in  Stourbridge  and Dudley.  He has worked closed with DMBC and worked to raised awareness of CLH locally. He is establishing another community project in Lye with DMBC, helped to create  Wyre Forest Community  Development Trust and is a member of Wyre Forest CLT.

Ifor Jones

Ifor currently is Head of Communities at the Pioneer Group. He has worked in a variety of management and leadership positions in housing and community services with a specific thread around shaping place based solutions ranging from more responsive locality solutions, neighbourhood renewal and regeneration and democratic engagement and community development. Ifor is currently active in helping to shape the community health movement through The Active Wellbeing Society and advising the Pioneer Group on strategic planning and place based solutions.

Kate Foley

Kate is the Director of Housing and Customer Services for Castle Vale Community Housing, part of the Pioneer Group. Kate previously worked for Birmingham City Council as a Housing Senior Service Manager with responsibility across Central West and the North of the City. Kate has a policy officer background in the trade union movement. She then moved to the Local Government Association and, before coming to Birmingham, she was the Director of Policy and Strategy at Renaisi, a Hackney-based company specialising in neighbourhood renewal programme and project delivery.

Karen Cheney

Karen is Head of Service- Neighbourhood Development and Support Unit (NDSU) at Birmingham City Council and deeply passionate about the role communities can play in creating stronger, more vibrant communities and neighbourhoods.

Nick Reynolds

Nick has been involved with the Roman Way TMO since it was a residents group and is now part of the board. He also Chairs the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (NFTMO). Encouraging and helping fellow tenants to get involved in the TMO movement so they can make a difference in their neighbourhood.

Pete Richmond

Pete is the Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust and a lifelong community led housing activist. A former chair of Birmingham’s Social Housing Partnership and commissioner of Birmingham Poverty Truth, Pete led Pioneer Group (formerly Castle Vale Community Housing Association) for 20 years before joining BVT. He also worked for Sanctuary Housing Association, William Sutton Trust (now Clarion Housing Group) and Walsall and Birmingham Local Authorities.

Roger Lawrence

Roger has almost 30 years involvement as Councillor in Wolverhampton (retiring May 2021) and as an urban policy and community development professional. He was previously leader of Wolverhampton Council, where he helped establish their wholly owned housing company. He has held roles on regional and sub-regional planning committees, has been a supporter of the Brownfield Institute, was a founder member of the Combined Authority and Chaired a local social enterprise. He was previously a community worker in Sandwell for 15 years.

Our Members

As a Community Benefit Society, we are a democratic membership organisation. Our eleven founding members started the organisation as a group of housing and community focussed individuals and organisations. We now have aspirations to grow our membership across a wide range of stakeholders in the West Midlands and our membership is growing steadily. Do consider joining us yourself – you can find out more about becoming a member of wMUCH here.