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Our Board

Garry Martin - Chair

Garry joined our board in 2015. He commenced his career in the Construction Industry in Civil Engineering progressing into property development, spending an ever increasing amount of his time on charity and voluntary work, particularly in the fields of education and health. Specific areas of interest were children with special needs where he served as a Governor in several schools.

Garry was appointed to the Chair of the Patients Advisory Forum (South Downs NHS Trust) followed by an appointment as Chair of the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. He undertook extensive work with the NHS Executive in the South East Region attached to a variety of committees and working parties. Garry is also a Board Member of Sussex Oakleaf Housing Association.

Karin Divall

Karin has recently been appointed Deputy Chair after joining the Board in March 2015. Karin retired as Assistant Director, Health and Adult Social Care with Brighton and Hove City Council having worked across housing and adult social care for thirty eight years. A former extra care housing lead for the Department of Health, and specialist housing adviser to the LGA. Karin is also currently a trustee with Hastings & Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind.


Esme Hilliard

Former Telecare Project Manager for ESCC. Former tutor at Centre for Sheltered Housing Studies and head of Lifeline and Retirement Housing at Eastbourne Council. Joined October  2011.

Paul Bridger

A Chartered Accountant with 25 years' experienced, Paul has worked in both the public and private sectors with experience of both housing and environmental services.  Currently Managing Partner in an independent consultancy company. Joined December 2015.

Mary Hope

Currently a career coach and HR Consultant with clients including Amicus Horizon, Viridian and Eastbourne Borough Council. Executive recruitment consultant for Campbell Tickell. Former recruitment panel member for Judicial Appointments Commission. Current panel member for the Hardship Scheme for HS2 and board member for Eastbourne Homes Ltd  and formerly for Rosebery Housing Association. Joined May 2016.

Mary Molyneux

Former Legal Director Pearl Life Group and Cable & Wireless Communications plc. Current member of Independent Monitoring Board for Gatwick Immigration Removal Centre. Joined May 2016.

Helen Furlong

Currently a housing consultant and executive coach. Former assistant director for housing and head of housing management for Brighton and Hove City Council. Former Chair and committee member for the Chartered Institute for Housing South East Branch. Health coach for the NHS. Joined May 2016.

Julian Pitcher

Julian is a chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience in social housing senior management roles.  He is Resources Director at Worthing Homes with responsibility for business support services including finance, IT, human resources and governance.  Julian was appointed to the board in February 2017 and is chair of the audit and risk committee.