The Board


Our Board Members


Mark Lewis - Chair

Mark is also Chair of Action for Kids, a national children’s charity that provides services for young people with physical and learning disabilities.

In addition, Mark is the Chief Financial Officer of the Fairbanking Foundation, a charity dedicated to encouraging and helping banking institutions to improve the financial well-being of their customers.

A finance professional with over 30 years’ experience within Financial Services, mainly with major international banks, including 10 years in finance director / commercial director roles.


Ian Cox - Vice Chair

Ian Cox has been a Board Member at Trent & Dove Housing since 2014. He has been Vice Chair since 2015. He has a broad cross-sector experience across the Social Housing Sector.He has 35 years experience at a senior level, having been most recently been a Main Board Director of a Regional Construction Company.

He has been involved in the initiation and construction of around 5,000 affordable housing dwellings throughout his cross sector career.His career commenced in Housing Management at Birmingham City Council, moving on to work in the Housing Association sector.

This experience has also been added to by Voluntary Director roles, such as Birmingham Institute for the Deaf (BID Services) from 1996-2004.

Ian brings specialist Construction and Business development skills to the Trent & Dove Board.


Gary Middleton - Senior Non Executive Director

Gary is an Economics graduate, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He has undertaken a number of senior leadership roles in the banking sector and has significant experience of real estate finance, restructuring, asset management and recovery.

Gary is passionate about the provision of quality, affordable housing and the key role that housing associations have in delivering this.

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Afzal Ismail - Non Executive Director

Afzal is an Executive Director for a large national housing group.

Afzal graduated with an honours degree in mathematics and a qualified accountant (fellow ACCA). He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

He is regularly invited to speak on governance and risk management topics and has extensive previous experience of boards and chairing audit committees.


Alex James - Non Executive Director

Alex is an avionics engineer working at East Midlands Airport and was formerly a housing manager within a supported housing environment.


Sally Gibson - Non Executive Director

Sally is a Senior Registered Nurse at the Derby Royal Hospital.


Mark Ashby - Non Executive Director

Mark has worked for over 10 years providing care and teaching support for students with a range of learning or speech and hearing difficulties.

He has several years experience working within the prison service and 5 years experience as a manager/team leader in the restaurant trade.

His interest in Trent & Dove was sparked when he attended and passed the Derby University Governance Award.


Katarzyna Goleniowska - Non Executive Director

Katarzyna works full time as an HR Assistant and has over 10 years experience within the automotive industry having carried out a number of different job roles.

Katarzyna holds a Master's Degree in Politics and Social Science, an NVQ Level 2 in Business Improvement Techniques and a CIPD Diploma.

Her interest in Trent and Dove began when she attended and passed the Derby University governance award.


Nicci Miller - Non Executive Director

Nicci has worked locally in Burton for many years in various roles including in the food and drinks industry.

In her spare time Nicci loves gaining knowledge. This led her to take the opportunity to gain the Derby University Governance Award.