The Board

Find out who the United Communities Board are.

  • Andrew Willis

    Chair of the Board

    Andy joined United Communities as Chair in September 2015. A lawyer by background, he has board experience gained in the health, education and housing sectors and hopes to use this experience to support United Communities in providing great homes and communities in Bristol.

    In his spare time he runs and cycles to keep fit and is a poor but enthusiastic surfer.

  • Patsy Hudson

    BA (Hons) MBA
    Vice Chair of the Board

    Patsy joined the Board in April 2009, she has a particular interest in and knowledge of governance.

    As well as deputising for the Chair when necessary, she is the Board’s Equality and Diversity champion. Due to the dire shortage of houses in Bristol, Patsy is passionate about the development of new homes and very interested in all aspects of Development.

    Patsy has a wealth of experience following a management role with Oxfam for 10 years and a number of Public Appointments to local Boards and to Boards in the Voluntary Sector.

    She currently lives in Bristol and runs a private Mentoring and Coaching business.

  • Neil Evans

    Board Member of United Communities and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

    Joining us in 2013, Neil brings financial expertise to the Board and is also the Chair of our Audit & Risk Committee.

    Neil qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980 with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in London. He moved to Bristol in 1987 and has held several senior finance roles in the insurance industry.

    In his spare time Neil plays drums and percussion in a band he formed with work colleagues.

  • Julie Evans

    BA (Hons); Post Grad Diploma in Housing Studies
    Board Member of United Communities

    Julie joined the Board in September 2011 and is also the Director of Neighbourhoods for Curo Group.

    She has 24 years of experience working in the Welsh and English social housing sectors and in this time has developed an in depth knowledge of the challenges of delivering excellent customer focused housing services for all residents. Julie remains passionate and committed to ensuring social housing customers receive the best possible service from their landlord.

  • Paul Hassan

    Board member of United Communities

    Paul joined the Board in September 2015. He has over two decades of in depth experience in the arena of economic and community development and across a range of media platforms.

    He works full time for Locality, as Development Manager (South West) supporting ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, to work together to ensure their neighbourhoods thrive.

    He is also a company director at Ujima Radio cic, a Bristol based community radio station and social enterprise.

    In his spare time, Paul has co-produced a number of award winning short films.

  • Kate Innes

    Board Member of United Communities

    Kate joined the Board in 2011 having worked in social housing for over 10 years, mainly for London based associations.

    She started her social housing career managing aids and adaptations for residents before moving onto service charge calculation for supported housing residents. More recently Kate has managed the service charge and rent collection for various tenures of a London based association.

  • John McGoldrick

    MA (Hons), BSc, MSc
    Board Member of United Communities

    John became a Board Member in July 2012.

    He is currently doing a PhD programme at University of Bristol within the field of Organisational Studies.

    Prior to that John was a Finance Director of Lloyds SME Business Banking and held a number of senior roles in their strategy development teams across head office and several business areas, including mortgages.

  • James Taylor

    MA, MPhil, MRICS
    Board Member of United Communities

    James brings development expertise to the Board.

    He is a Chartered Surveyor and founding Partner of ADAPT Real Estate and over the course of sixteen years has built up an in-depth knowledge of the property market in Bristol. James is also a Visiting Fellow in Real Estate to University of West of England.

    Outside of property, housing and his family, James’ primary interests are rugby, football and cricket, although these days he is more often a spectator than a participant.

  • Suzanne Wigmore

    MA Housing MCIH
    Board Member of United Communities

    Suzanne joined the Board in 2012 and is also sit on the Governance & Remunerations Committee.

    She is a specialist in Welfare Benefits, homelessness and Financial Inclusion.

    Suzanne has lived in Bristol for over 20 years now and is enjoying it more than ever! She is involved in a number of organisations in Bristol and further afield including Credit Unions and Advice Providers.

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