Our Board members

Meet the Board

Our Board of Non-Executive Directors bring a wealth of experience from their respective backgrounds, and use it to hold the organisation to account and ensure that we are operating effectively and achieving our vision to enable people across the Sheffield City Region to settle at home, live well and realise their potential.

Barbara Walsh – Chair (Diversity Champion)

Barbara Walsh

Barbara has served on the Board since 2008 and has been Chair since 2011. She is also our Diversity Champion.

She is a former Chief Executive of Community Health Sheffield, with professional qualifications in health administration. Barbara also chairs King Edward VII School, delivers neighbourhood mediation and together with her partner and children offers fostering.


Andy BuckAndy Buck – LiveWell Champion

Andy joined our Board back in 2014 and he is currently Chief Executive of Sheffield Citizens Advice. Prior to this Andy held several senior NHS positions, latterly as NHS England’s Director for West Yorkshire and before that as Chief Executive of primary care trusts in South Yorkshire.

As the Board’s LiveWell Champion he will help us develop our LiveWell services to meet the needs of our customers and commissioners.

Ian Norris – Treasury Management ChampionIan Norris

Ian joined the Board in 2008. He is a Chartered Accountant who works for a major local company, SIG Trading Limited as Risk and Financial Controller. He previously worked for KPMG as a Senior Manager in their audit department.

Ian is Chair of our Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee, and also the Treasury Management Champion for SYHA. Ian is active in the local accountancy community. He is a past President of the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants, and now Chairs the Business Members Group and the Regional Strategy Board.

Rebecca RoyleRebecca Royle – Customer Communications Champion

Rebecca has served on our Board since 2012. She is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with a degree in social psychology. She has a special interest in the way we communicate with our customers.

In her role as the Board’s Communications Champion she is involved in developing our Annual Report to Customers and other customer publications.

Phil Taylor – Risk ChampionPhil Taylor

Phil has been on SYHA’s Board since 2011. He is an experienced senior manager and finance professional with over 30 years’ experience in local government, including nearly fifteen years at senior director and corporate director level.

Phil has significant experience of risk management and he is our Board Risk Champion. He is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Kath ChambersKath Chambers – LiveWell Quality Champion

Kath Chambers has been a tenant of SYHA since 1979 and has served on the Board since 2009.

She is Board Champion for co-production, taking a keen interest in the way we work with our LiveWell customers to develop and design services to meet their needs. Her past experience is in nursing and teaching and she has a Hallam University Level 3 qualification in housing.

Ian Cole – Housing Policy ChampionIan Cole

Ian is a Professor of Housing Studes at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University.

His expertise in research, teaching, analysis and policy development in the field of housing proves invaluable for our future plans for housing development in the Sheffield City Region.

John JeffriesJohn Jeffries – Co-Regulation Champion

John has held a long and varied career in the housing and regeneration field.

In his current role as Director at 4point2 Ltd, John acts as a housing consultant, aiding social housing organisations with business, financial planning and strategic asset management.

John previously held the position of Head of Housing at Sheffield City Council.

Bookey Oshin – Pensions ChampionBookey Oshin

Bookey is the Finance and Resources Director at Sheffield Theatres Trust.

She provides expert financial advice on our commercial activities, ensuring that we are a profitable organisation.

Bookey ensures that the organisation is compliant with all the necessary statutory, legal and financial requirements.


Deborah LockwoodDeborah Lockwood – Value for Money Champion

Deborah’s current role is Director at local insolvency firm Graywoods.

She has previously served as a Non-Executive Director on the SYHA Enterprises Board since 2014.

As well as her role with SYHA, Deborah is a Non-Executive Director at Yorkshire Icon and a member of the Development Council for Sheffield Theatres.

Yunus Ahmed – Design and Development ChampionYunus Ahmed

Yunus is a Development Team Manager in City Regeneration at Sheffield City Council and brings a wealth of local knowledge on town planning and urban regeneration.

He recently secured significant funding under the Sheffield City Region Investment Funding programme for further city centre infrastructure investment.