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.


  • James Taylor

    MA, MPhil, MRICS
    Vice Chair of the Board

    James is a Chartered Surveyor and founding Partner of ADAPT Real Estate. He has worked professionally in Bristol for nineteen years and has an in-depth knowledge of the property market in the city and beyond. James’ experience in site acquisition, financing, development and asset management risks, and joint venture structuring provides Board level support to United Communities Development and Executive Teams. James has also been a Visiting Fellow in Real Estate to University of West of England since 2012.

  • Neil Evans

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

    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.

  • John McGoldrick

    MA (Hons), BSc, MSc, PhD
    Chair of Governance & Remuneration Committee and Board Member of United Communities

    John became a Board Member in July 2012.

    He has recently completed a PhD at the 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. He brings this experience to support us on governance, financial management, strategy development and the monitoring of its implementation.

  • Julie Evans

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

    Julie joined the Board in September 2011 and is has recently been appointed Director of Property and Places Curo Group leading on its asset management strategy and property safety. The move followed 13 years as Curo’s Director of Tenancy Services.

    She has 30 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 and quality home 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.

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

  • Suzanne Wigmore

    MA Housing MCIH
    Board Member of United Communities

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

    She has worked in the statutory and voluntary sector in various fields including welfare rights, homelessness prevention, and for a group of social housing providers.

    She is currently CEO of a large neighbouring Citizens Advice service, and has a strong understanding of how good quality stable housing contributes to many other area including, health, education and employment.

  • Matt Rogers

    Board Member of United Communities

    Matt joined the Board in September 2018, and also sits on our Audit & Risk Committee.

    Outside of his role here he is the Marketing & Communications Officer for ACH (formerly Ashley Community Housing) and a Trustee for Citizens Advice Bristol.

    A strong advocate of affordable housing and the work of social housing providers, Matt brings over a decade of marketing experience to the Board, several years of working in the housing sector, and was formerly a social housing tenant himself. He lives in Bristol with his wife and young son.

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