Our Board

Our Board Members are responsible for our financial strength and performance. They have lots of useful skills and experience to help with this.

Our Board

Neil Braithwaite, The Chair of the BoardNeil Braithwaite, Chair

Neil is Chair of the Service and Performance Committee, the Pensions Committee, the Finance and Development Committee, a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a board member of Guinness Housing Association Limited. He is also a trustee of Barnardo’s and its pension scheme; is Chairman of the Brathay Trust; Governor of primary and secondary co-operative academies in Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent.
Contact Neil at chair@guinness.org.uk 

Petter Cotton, Deputy Chair of the BoardPeter Cotton, Deputy Chair

Peter is Chair of Guinness Care and Support Limited, Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee, and Chair of Guinness Housing Association Limited.
He is also a volunteer and ambassador for Florence Nightingale Hospice; a bereavement counsellor; former Non-Executive Director and member of audit, remuneration and customer service committees at Eurostar; and former MD of Scotrail, Gatwick Express, and Del Monte UK.

Amanda CalvertAmanda Calvert

Amanda is a board member of Guinness Housing Association Limited,  and member of the Health and Safety committee and a member of the Group Audit and Risk committee. Amanda joined the Board from Wulvern Housing Limited. She is also proprietor of the Quince Consultancy Ltd; a Chartered Engineer; former Vice President of IT risk and compliance at AstraZeneca; and founder of Quince Consultancy.

 

Laure Duhot Board MemberLaure Duhot

Laure is a board member of Guinness Housing Association Limited, a member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee, a member of the Finance and Development Committee and a member of the Service and Performance Committee. She has a background in investment and property development, fund and asset management, corporate finance and audit and risk. She is Director of Duhot-Consult Ltd, Non-Executive Director of MedicX Fund, a REIT listed on the London Stock Exchange; a former Managing Director; and former Deputy Chair and board member of Thames Valley Housing Group.

John Lougher, Board memberJohn Lougher

John is a board member of Guinness Housing Association Limited, and member of the Finance and Development Committee and a member of the Health, Safety and Environmental Committee.
He is the Strategic Land Managing Director of Bovis Homes; a foundation governor at Great Rollright Church of England primary school; and a Chartered Surveyor. He has worked in house building since 2003 and, before that, in property and construction consultancy.

Phil MorganPhil Morgan

Phil is a board member of Guinness Housing Association Limited, and a member of the Service and Performance committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Phil is a housing specialist, who joined our Board from Wulvern Housing Limited.
He is the Chair of Health Watch Salford; Director of Phil Morgan Ltd; and former Executive Director of Tenant Services at the Tenant Services Authority and former Chief Executive of TPAS.

Mike Petter, Board MemberMike Petter

Mike is a member of the Guinness Property Board, Chair of the Health, Safety and Environmental Committee; a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee; a member of  the Group Audit and Risk Committee; a board member of Guinness Care and Support Limited, and Guinness Housing Association Limited. He is also a Board member of the Considerate Constructors’ Scheme; a Chartered Engineer; an Advisory Panel Member with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks; and is a Management Consultant at Five Dimensional Management Ltd.

Samantha Pitt, Board MemberSamantha Pitt

Samantha is Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee, a board member of Guinness Housing Association Limited, a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee, of the Finance and Development Committee and of the Pensions Committee. Samantha is also a qualified accountant and pension trustee. She has a background in Treasury, Debt Financing, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance. She left Network Rail at the end of July 2018 where she was Group Treasurer and had worked since the end of 2004. Previous roles have been in the power and telecoms sectors.

Catriona Simmons, Chief ExecutiveCatriona Simons

Catriona is the Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership Limited and an executive board member.
She is also a board member for Guinness Homes Limited; Guinness Housing Association Limited; City Response Limited; Guinness Developments Limited; Guinness Platform Limited; Hallco 1397 Limited; and a member of the Healthy, Safety & Environmental Committee, and the Service and Performance Committee.

Chris Wilson smallChris Wilson

Chris is a board member of Guinness Housing Association Limited, a member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Finance and Development Committee. He is a retired professional services partner with KPMG with extensive audit and advisory experience in the public sector, ranging from local and central government to housing, education and health. Chris is a board member and Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee for Curo Housing Association and Board and Audit and Risk Committee member of White Horse Housing Association.

Angela Drum

Company Secretary for The Guinness Partnership Limited.