Housing Ventures Trust

Housing Ventures Trust Board

About the Board

The Board leads and controls South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust. The Board has responsibility for making sure it is well run and that it stays true to its objectives.

It set its strategic direction, upholds its values and make sure it delivers what it was set up to do.

Board meetings

The date of our next board meeting is to be confirmed.

Board Members

Some of our current Board Members are shown below.

Helen James (Chair)

I am originally from the Midlands and moved to the North East in 2011. My interests include open water swimming, general gym training, winter sports, reading non-fiction and fiction, and navigation (land and maritime). I am an avid supporter of charities that offer support to those experiencing disaster or crisis situations. I regularly travel and have previously lived in Argentina and Uruguay. 

Now I have two roles; The Managing Director of a company based in South Tyneside and as a student at Durham University.

I joined the board in January 2020, and I am also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

STHVT has a crucial role in South Tyneside as a social housing provider which plans, develops and rents quality properties for those in the most need of accommodation. I applied for the position to assist STHVT in achieving these objectives and help South Tyneside communities.

Helen James

Helen James

Cllr Richard Porthouse (Vice Chair)

Born and bred in Hebburn, I have been married to Patricia for 50 years. We have two daughters, Dianne and Dionne, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

I am retired but spent my entire career in heavy Engineering working throughout the UK and Europe. My final appointment was as an Area Manager in A&P Tyne and Tees, supplying Welders, Platers and any other trades they required.

I take a particular interest in Health and Safety and am IOSH qualified and scrutinise any health and safety reports.

I am a local Councillor and was appointed through the Council to be on the STHVT Board in July 2018 and was accepted and have been on the Board since.

I have many other appointments in the Council which require me to engage with tenants of various housing associations dealing with their concerns.

I am on various local committees, one being TS Kelly which give children the opportunity to become involved with the boats and learn seafaring skills.

I am a governor at St Oswalds CofE school in Hebburn.

I am a passionate football supporter, following all local teams and have a love of all sports.

I enjoy spending lots of time with family and friends going to local events, especially the theatre.

Cllr Richard Porthouse

Cllr Richard Porthouse

Kate Maughan (Board Member)

Kate Maughan is Director of Member Engagement for the Northern Housing Consortium, a membership organisation for social housing organisations across the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber regions.

Kate has worked in the housing sector for 14 years and is passionate about providing great customer service and making the North a great place to live.

Kate Maughan

Kate Maughan

Daniel Gibson (Board Member)

Having worked in the property industry for 15 years, Daniel has built up experience in property development, management, surveying, residential lettings and property investment. 

Daniel set up his own residential estate agency, Daniel Craig Residential, in 2012 and has worked on numerous multi million pound housing developments in the preceding years. 

During this time in the private sector he has seen the need for affordable housing grow within the local community, often with tenants living in homes that are either unsuitable or unaffordable. 

He joined South Tyneside Housing Ventures towards the end of 2020 in order to help make a difference in this area.

Daniel Gibson

Daniel Gibson

Ken Dawes (Board Member)

"I was born and raised in South Shields. I am married to Lynn, we have two grown-up children and two grandchildren. I am interested in community matters and have been involved with several voluntary roles within the housing sector for several years. I have a passion for creative writing, my stories are based upon characters from my family history. In 2019, one of my short plays was performed in front of a live audience at a Newcastle Theatre.

"Now I am semi-retired. I am part of a team who deliver online learning to adult learners in the further education sector. Before this, I was a principal grade lecturer at South Tyneside College. When I left school, I joined a Technical Corps of the British Army, completing a full career engagement. I achieved the rank of Senior Non-Commissioned Officer during my period of service. 

"I applied and was invited to join the board as the Tenant Director in June 2017. Apart from my board involvement. I am also a member of the Development Committee and vice-chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

"I believe that the tenant voice should be heard at board level. I am also a great believer in creating a safe and collaborative community for all tenants and staff alike!"

Ken Dawes

Ken Dawes

David Fleetwood (Board Member)

David Fleetwood is a qualified public finance accountant with over 50 years experience in local government, the NHS and the private risk and insurance sectors.

He has extensive experience in audit and risk management, corporate governance, change and project management, investment appraisal and strategic planning. He is also involved in charitable and community work and was awarded the MBE for his services to the community in the North East in 2018.

Board Member - David Fleetwood