Nitin is Policy, Performance and Scrutiny Officer at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and is currently seconded to Northumbria Police to focus on workforce development. He has worked in the public sector for over 30 years and has experience of equality and diversity. Nitin gained invaluable knowledge of housing whilst serving as a Board member of Your Homes Newcastle and always endeavours to put tenants and staff at the heart of all that he does.
Nitin is Chair of Governors at Bridgewater Primary School; Development Board Member of Marie Curie Hospice and member of the ITV Tyne Tees Diversity Panel. Nitin is also a member of Newcastle University Council and Secretary of the North East Gujarati Association. He is a passionate Rotarian, Past President of Newcastle West Rotary Club.
Margaret Ferguson has over twenty five years experience working with charities and in heritage. As a Funding and Development Consultant she brings a wealth of experiences in project planning and development, securing diverse funding streams, partnership and communications.
Margaret has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Haven (Tyneside ) Ltd since October 2015. Prior to this Margaret was a Committee member of the Institute of Fundraising North East (May 2009 – April 2016) and a Trustee of Tyneside and Northumberland Mind (Nov 2013 – Aug 2015).
She has a MBA from Durham University (specialising in Arts and Charity Management) and BA Hons. in English Literature and History form Northumbria University.
Jim is originally from Northumberland and currently lives in Gateshead. He has worked mainly in the Health & Social Care sector, leading regional and national improvement programmes. Jim currently works for the Care Quality Commission supporting internal quality improvement.
Jim is particularly interested in business planning and governance, ensuring that the Board is compliant in meeting its obligations as a charity and a company. He is involved with one other charity that provides transport for people with disabilities in central Scotland.
Jim is keen to ensure that Haven continues to develop so that all clients continue to live in high-quality accommodation and receive tailored support to enable them to live as independently as possible.
Jim enjoys cooking, reading, caravan holidays and walking his two dogs.
A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Institute of Housing Member, and a Member of the Institute of Community Safety, Patrick has many years experience at Board level in the Housing Sector. He has previously served as the National Chair of the ‘Tenants and Residents Executive’ of one of the UK’s largest Social and Supported Housing Providers, as well as sat on it’s national Operational Board.
In addition he has previously been a Board Member of ‘The Gateshead Housing Company’, sat on the Board of the then ‘Bridging NewcastleGateshead Partnership’, and is now currently the Chair of the ‘Tyne Valley Rail Users’ Group’, as well as a Director and Board Member of the DfT Accredited ‘Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership’.
With a career background in Community Safety and Neighbourhood Protection, Law and Order, and Anti-Social Behaviour, he therefore also holds the specific Properties & Accommodation Director portfolio with Haven Tyneside.
He has a keen interest in ensuring Haven continue to provide first-class supported accommodation and services, for some of the most vulnerable in the Community.
My name is Sally Trueman, I was very pleased to be invited to join the Board of Tyneside Haven in June 2019.
Before my disability stopped my career path I had many years in Education and Health. This lead me into volunteering roles within the Church Youth Work programme, Red Cross and supporting families alongside Social services to reach their potential.
I am hoping to bring the housing knowledge which I have gained over the last five years sitting on the board of a major northern Housing association. I am excited to engage with staff and tenants to help future proof this important housing association.
Helen Kay is an experienced employment lawyer with experience in the charitable sector at both advisory and board level.
As well as running her own employment law consultancy business, HMK Legal, Helen is also a consultant solicitor for a local employment law firm. Prior to this she worked for two of the major commercial law firms in Newcastle for a number of years.
Helen is the Director responsible for HR at Haven.