Board Members, Ambassadors & Patrons

Robin Means (Chair)


Emeritus Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of the West of England (UWE), formerly Associate Dean (Research & Knowledge Exchange) and Professor of Health & Social Care. Past President of the British Society of Gerontology; former Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Presently Chair of West of England Care & Repair & Abbeyfield Housing Society Research Committee member. Has published widely on housing & social care issues for older people

John Simmons (Vice Chair)

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Retired from the post of Deputy Director of Social Services and Head of Adult Care in Derbyshire in 2004 and has continued to be involved in looking at how older people can be involved in issues which impact on their lives. Presently Vice- Chair of a local Derbyshire charity looking at maintaining active lives for people in Residential and Nursing Homes and also chairs the local Healthwatch.


Elizabeth Phillips MBE (Secretary)


Worked in the housing arena for nearly 40 years, initially for a major Housing Association, latterly as Chief Executive of Age UK Warwickshire where she developed a range of housing support services, including Care & Repair and Handyperson services, and pioneered partnerships with local health bodies, including General Practices and hospitals. Retired from Age UK Warwickshire in 2016, and is now Chair of Age UK Birmingham and Sandwell.

Chris Long Leather (Treasurer)

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Retired Chartered Accountant formerly employed as a Finance Director in the automotive components sector. Trustee (previously Treasurer) of AgeUK Warwickshire for past 15 years.


Wendy Fabbro

Strategic Leader of Adult Care and Health services with over 30 years working in Local Authorities, and with a special interest in developing high quality, person centred and outcome focused Commissioning.

Domini Gunn-Peim

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Director, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Chartered Institute of Housing; formerly Audit Commission National Lead for Vulnerable Communities & Lead Housing Inspector NE/Y&H. She has worked in housing, health & social care for 32 years. Trustee of ECCT.



Valerie Little

Retired as Director of Public Health in September 2014 after a 40 year career in health planning and Public Health, 18 of which as Executive Director. Served on the national Executive Committee of the Association of Directors of Public Health. Has a longstanding interest in housing and health and has developed a special interest in Arts and Health. Valerie is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a member of its Housing Special Interest Group. She is also a College Governor.

Liz Potter

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Independent consultant, working with a wide range of housing and other social purpose organisations specialising in governance, strategy and leadership, working with boards and executive teams, and an experienced and qualified executive coach. Held a national role as Director of Policy at the National Housing Federation. Former Chair of Orbit Group and current Chair of Curo. Has worked in housing for over 30yrs, and believes passionately that everyone has a right to a decent home.

Richard Turkington BA, PhD, FRSA

Retired Lecturer originally in Sociology (Leeds, Liverpool) then specialising in housing. Director of Housing Research University of Central England. Extensive involvement in community-based research e.g. World Health Organisation-funded ‘Healthy Cities Project’ and co-directed project to determine the health benefits of housing improvement. Member of European Network for Housing Research and currently a member of the Co-ordination Committee. Founded research consultancy ‘Housing Vision’. Currently lead member of the Birmingham University linked Housing and Health Academic: Practitioner Partnership.

Julia Skelton

Retired from the post of Director of Professional Operations at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in 2019. Julia has always held an interest in Housing, adaptations and Disabled Facilities Grants and was responsible for the production of Adaptations Without Delay.


Peter Archer

Founder member of Care & Repair England & former Chair for 20 years: Board Member & Chair of the Audit Committee of The Community Housing Group; Founder member of the Pro-Housing Alliance; Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; former Chair of the CIEH Trustees; President of International Federation of Environmental Health.

Wendy Cocks


Until December 2019, Wendy worked for Care & Repair England as the Housing Action Officer supporting local older people’s action groups, forums and self-help groups to undertake and support initiatives/local action/ projects that aim to improve the housing and living conditions of older people. She extended this support to local and regional bodies interested in improving their integration with housing, health and social care and housing offer to older people.

Previously she worked across the North of England for 20 years developing and managing services with older people. While this has been predominantly in the voluntary sector, it has included innovative partnerships with statutory partners in affordable warmth, health and social care. Her work has included development of older people’s forums and supporting their engagement with local government.

Lorna Easterbrook

Lorna is an independent consultant and trainer in older people’s health, housing and social care and an independent evaluator of arts projects for and with older people; writer and storyteller, including life stories and people’s experiences of health, housing and care services. Lorna is an Associate of Community Catalysts. She previously worked for the King’s Fund, Age Concern England (now Age UK), and Care & Repair Rhymney Valley, and, prior to this, worked in the professional theatre as a stage manager. Until September 2018, Lorna was on the Board of Care & Repair England.

Frances Heywood OBE

Housing researcher (University of Bristol, now mainly retired) Specialist originally in repair and improvement of poor condition housing but then intensively in housing and adaptations for disabled people, pioneering involvement of professionals and service users as co-researchers. Led the DFG review for central government in 2005 and of evidence for value of adaptation, with implications for health and social care, for the DWP in 2007.

Jane Minter

Jane was, until December 2018, the Integration and Engagement Associate (p/t) at Care & Repair England. Previously she was Head of Intelligence and External Affairs at Housing and Care 21, has been seconded to the Department of Health promoting the role of housing in social care and health and has worked for Housing Associations Charitable Trust, the National Housing Federation and Age Concern England (now Age UK) in the field of older people’s housing. Jane has been on the Board of the Elderly Accommodation Counsel and a member of the UK Inquiry into Mental Health in Later Life led by Age UK. She is currently a Board member of the National Development Team for Inclusion and a member of the South East England Forum on Ageing (SEEFA) and Positive Ageing in London (PAIL.)


Baroness Greengross OBE

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Sally is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK; Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance; and was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.

Baroness Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International.

Baroness Greengross is a Member of several advisory boards including Home Instead’s Global Strategy Council; Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Board; and BlackRock Retirement Institute’s Advisory Council.

She is President of the Pensions Policy Institute and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers; Honorary Vice President of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, a Vice President of the Local Government Association and Honorary Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries. Sally is Patron of several organisations including the National Association of Care Caterers; Care & Repair England; the Association of Retirement Community Operators; the National Network of Clinical Ethics Committees; Ransackers Association, the Association for Ageing & Education; and Age UK Westminster. Sally holds honorary doctorates from eight UK universities.

Her work on ageing has been recognised by the UN Committee on Ageing and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well a British Geriatric Society Medal.  Sally was UK Woman of Europe in 1990 and has been an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales supporting responsible business practice.

Baroness Andrews OBE

Elizabeth (Kay) Andrews OBE, Baroness Andrews of Southover, was Chair of English Heritage from July 2009 July 2013.  She served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from May 2005 until May 2009.

Prior to being appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary, Baroness Andrews was a Government Whip and Spokesperson in the House of Lords for Health, Work and Pensions, and Education and Skills (2003-2005).

Before being raised to the peerage, Baroness Andrews was a Fellow of the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University from1968 to 1970, Parliamentary Clerk in the House of Commons from 1970 to 1985, and Policy Adviser to Neil Kinnock as Leader of the Opposition from 1985 to1992. From 1992 until 2002, Baroness Andrews was the Founder and Director of Education Extra, the national charity for out of school learning and activities. She received the OBE in 1998 for her work in education.

Baroness Andrews was educated at Lewis School for Girls, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach and went on to study International Politics at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. At Sussex she took an MA in Political Sociology and subsequently a DPhil in History and Social Studies of Science.

She has written books and articles on the history and organisation of science and technology policy, on poverty and social policy, and on education. Baroness Andrews recently authored a report to the Government of Wales on Culture, Heritage and Poverty.

Baroness Eaton DBE DL

Baroness Margaret Eaton of Cottingley, DBE, DL is a Conservative Party life peer in the House of Lords, with a distinguished political career. She has been a Councillor with Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council since 1986 and was chair of the Local Government Association until June 2011. In recognition of her many services she was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours. She was also presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Bradford in December 2012.

During her career, Baroness Eaton has served as Leader of Conservative Group, Couuk/wp-content/uploads/2014 Local Strategic Partnership Board and Bradford Cultural Consortium, co-chair of Bradford Safer Communities Partnership, director of Bradford Centre Regeneration Company and Leeds Bradford International Airport and has been Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire since 2008.

Her affiliations include appointments as chair and trustee of Near Neighbours, a national registered charity, trustee of the Angelus Foundation, a national registered charity for drugs education and trustee of Cottingley Town Hall in Bradford.