Board of Directors

John Edwards - Chair, Non-executive member

John, a trained a quantity surveyor has been our chair since 2014. His career includes working for major construction companies in the Midlands and North West. He was subsequently a project manager, operations director and then Chief Executive for the Rural Development Commission.

In 1999 John joined Advantage West Midlands (AWM). He was appointed Chief Executive in 2000 and led AWM to be independently validated as a high performing 4-star organisation. John stood down in 2008.

John then took on a number of non-executive and advisory roles in the private and public sector. He was Chairman of the Dudley Group of Hospitals, an NHS Foundation Trust in the Black Country, for 4 years until December 2014.

He is principal fellow and strategic advisor to WMG a department of Warwick University. John sits on the Programme Board for the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), a partnership between WMG, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technology Centre.

John was awarded a CBE for services to the regional economy. He received Honorary Doctorates from Aston, Birmingham, Warwick and Wolverhampton Universities and was Midland’s Property Personality of the Year in 2008.

Glenn Harris MBE - Chief Executive

Glenn has been Chief Executive of Midland Heart since March 2018. Prior to this he was our Executive Director of Corporate Services, responsible for Strategy, Finance, HR and IT.

Supported by the Executive Board, Glenn oversaw delivery of the final year of our Fit for the Future corporate plan and develop the organisation’s future strategy.  Glenn is focused on Midland Heart becoming a truly outstanding landlord and one of the country’s leading developer of affordable homes.

Glenn joined us  following a career spanning seven years at East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), where he spent five years as Executive Director of Corporate Services, followed by two years as Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Logistics, supplying over £1bn of consumable goods to all NHS Trusts across England.

Glenn received an MBE for services to business in 2012.

David Taylor - Executive member

David joined us in 2009 as Head of Housing and became a member of the Executive Team in 2015.  He has strategic responsibility for all of  our front line services. This includes repairs, property investment, customer services and housing management.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has over 20 years of experience working in the sector.

His career started in housing management at Leicester City Council but his experience now spans most areas of the housing sector including resident and community engagement, homelessness, supporting people commissioning and asset management.

Julian Healey - Non-executive member

Julian is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 year’s experience of Asset and Property Management and has been a member of our board since 2013.

He was head of the Asset & Property Management division in one of the UK's national surveying practices for over 20 years and subsequently as Operations Director. He is currently the CEO of NARA (the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers) and has worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders in the arena of property finance.

He is also an arbitrator specialising in landlord & tenant matters, an accredited expert witness and a member of the Insolvency Practioners' Association Investigations Committee.

Carole Mills, Non-executive member

Carole joined our Board in September 2017. Having started her career in the private financial services sector, she has over 30 years’ experience in the public sector in both the NHS and local government; with the last 17 being at Chief Officer level. Carole has particular interests in housing, mental health and social issues. She chairs Midland Heart’s Operations Committee.

A qualified accountant and former Chief Finance Officer, she has a strong track-record in corporate governance, financial strategy and organisational transformation. She has been the Chief Executive at Derby City Council since August 2018, having held a similar role at Milton Keynes Council since 2014. Carole has experience as a charity trustee, school governor and non-executive board member in a number of other organisations.

Chris West - Non-executive member

Chris has been a member of our board since 2017.  He is also highly experienced as a non-executive director in the private sector.

As a qualified accountant (CIPFA), finance has been at the heart of his roles, but he has managed a very wide range of services and organisations. He has a track-record in delivering strategic change, transforming and modernising to create organisations that are robust, sustainable and capable of delivering their long term objectives in the current climate. H

Chris has recently moved on from his long terms role as Executive Director of Resources at Coventry City Council in 2017, and is pursuing a portfolio of consultancy and Board roles.

Kathy McAteer - Non-executive member

Kathy joined us a board member in 2013. She has over 40 years experience of social care and health, having previously worked as a Director of Adult Social Services within local government and as an Executive Director with a NHS Care Trust.

Subsequently she has also provided consultancy support for a number of councils and voluntary organisations and has had experience of chairing Adult Safeguarding Boards, Adult Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews.  Kathy's experience has been predominantly in the integration of health and social care services, both as a commissioner and a provider of services, and she has particular expertise in the fields of learning disability services and adult safeguarding. Kathy is currently a non-executive director on the board of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Martin Tiplady OBE - Non-executive member
Martin is the Senior Independent Director at Midland Heart, he joined is in 2014. He is owner of Chameleon People Solutions Ltd – HR and Management Consultancy which provides Change Management Organisational Development Investigations and General HR Services

He was previously Director of HR with The Metropolitan Police until his retirement. He was also Director of HR with The Berkeley Group Plc., Westminster Health Care Holdings Plc. and The Housing Corporation.

He is regularly listed by HR press as one of the most influential people in HR today and was named by the Daily Telegraph as Personnel Director of the Year.

He is also a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CCIPD) and was Vice President of the CIPD from 2006 – 2010. He was awarded an OBE for services to policing and human resources in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2010 and is a sought after speaker and commentator on employment, OD and HR matters.              

Darren Humphreys – Non-executive member 

Darren started his career as a surveyor with Bryant Homes and has spent more than three decades working in the construction and housing industries. He was recently appointed Chief Executive of Rectory Homes Ltd, and prior to this he held a number of senior positions in leading retirement community developers McCarthy & Stone. He also spent eight years as managing director of CALA Homes (Midlands) Ltd, being responsible for running the company’s Midlands region with a particular focus on growing the land bank. He has significant strategic and leadership experience, having contributed to boards from an executive perspective in large, complex organisations, including during periods of corporate restructuring and change.

Llewellyn Graham – Non-executive member

Llewellyn has worked for more than 30 years in the voluntary, social housing and not-for-profit sectors, with a particular focus on serving multicultural communities. He is Chief Executive Officer of Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association, a community-based provider who supply homes and culturally sensitive services to 4,000 customers from African Caribbean, Asian, Irish and European communities. He has served as non-executive director for several housing associations and not-for-profit organisations including Sanctuary, Trident, and a previous term here at Midland Heart. Working with people has been a long-term passion for Llewellyn, who began his career as a social worker and for the past 21 years has held the role of senior pastor and area bishop for the Church of God of Prophecy.