Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are representatives from founding members of wMUCH, as well as other individuals who have been co-opted onto the Board. From our third Annual General Meeting in 2022 onwards, our Board of Directors will be elected by our Members each year.
Carl Taylor, Chair

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.

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.

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.   

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.

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.