Board Members

Chris Prentice(Chair) Chris is also Chairman of two local businesses in Outdoor Accessories and toy soldiers. He is also a founder member of a green energy group and a Duke of Edinburgh Leader. 



Diane DiaconDiane Diacon is the Director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation, an independent charity carrying out research into housing, both in the UK and internationally. She represents the United Kingdom on the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing and has published widely in housing related areas. Diane is also a non-executive director of a regional rural housing provider and a local charity addressing domestic violence.

Kanwaljit SinghKanwaljit Singh has worked in housing and the voluntary sector for many years. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing with an MBA. He is a Justice of the Peace and a Trustee of Lankelly Chase Foundation.  



Diane ParishDi Parrish has worked in education throughout her career. A former Nottinghamshire secondary head teacher she is now retired and works part-time as an educational consultant.  She is also a trustee and member of the safeguarding board of a national charity which supports, through community living, adults with special needs. She is an active member of her local community and a keen traveller.

Debbie MaitlandDebbie Maitland is an HR Director for a global speciality chemical company.  She has spent the majority of her professional life working in the area of employee and leadership development for both national and international organisations. From 1994 to 2001, she volunteered for Childline Midlands; during her time with Childline, she was a volunteer counsellor, recruiter and trainer; in addition she held a part time paid position as counselling supervisor for one of Childline’s dedicated services. 

IMG 3747Dr. Vinay Shankar  is a GP in Nottingham. He has previously worked as a GP Fellow for Nottingham City CCG where he continues work on local primary care projects. He has a keen interest in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, travelling and staying active.


IMG 3771Caris Henry is a Strategy and Transformation Consultant and has a background in strategy development and change management in the public, private and third sector. Caris has spent the last 18 months providing consultancy support to Southampton City Council supporting them to create a Local Authority Trading Company. Prior to this Caris worked within corporate development and business transformation for a FTSE250 outsourcer (Mitie Group Plc) which provides facilities and property management services. 

Caris is an experienced housing board member and is currently a non-executive director of Staffordshire Housing Group, a social business creating opportunities to improve people’s lives in North Staffordshire and Cheshire. Caris has a master’s degree in Housing and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

IMG 3751Rebecca Rance is the Chief Executive of Newark and Sherwood Homes, a Nottinghamshire landlord and housing management company. With over 30 years’ experience in housing Rebecca is a member of the chartered Institute of Housing, has an Honours Degree in Housing and Masters in Business Administration. Rebecca is an experienced non-executive board member previously having been a director of Longhurst Group and Rykneld Homes. An active contributor at  national level in the housing sector Rebecca  until recently served as an executive steering group member of the National Federation of Arms Length Management Organisations ( ALMOs).

IMG 3760Patrick Mitchell is the Regional Director for the South of England at Health Education England (HEE).  He provides strategic leadership for the multi-professional workforce agenda through the local education & training board (LETB), leading a range of programme reforms.


Jane GeraghtyJane Geraghty, who lives in Newark, enjoyed a successful 40 year career in Probation and is currently an Associate of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary undertaking inspections of Police Forces. She is also Chair of Durham Children & Adult Safeguarding Boards.

In a voluntary capacity Jane works with Framework as a Befriender and holds the position of Chair for the Home Start (Newark) Charity working with parents and pre-school children, having been a Trustee and the Chair since 2011. She has also had roles in the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Care Trust, the Parole Board, the Nottinghamshire Criminal Justice Board, the Nottinghamshire MAPPA SMB, and the Countywide Reducing Reoffending Board throughout her time at Nottinghamshire Probation.