Board of Management

CRHA Board of Management

CRHA is governed by a voluntary Board of Management which is elected by the shareholders of the Association.

Adam Hackett – Chair

Adam Hackett is a Chartered Environmentalist and is the Transformation Director for Sustainability and Energy at the Aster Group, a social landlord and developer based in the south of England. Adam has successfully delivered a range of large scale retrofit insulation and renewable energy projects and is responsible for improving the environmental performance of the group, it’s homes, and has a commitment to reducing fuel poverty across their customer base. Adam is a member of the National Housing Federations Quality of Existing Homes Group who lead, inform and influence the Federation’s work on existing homes. Adam is also chair of the Sustainability South Housing group, and is a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment South West Regional Steering Group. Prior to Aster Adam has worked for a number of local authorities working on corporate policy, land use planning policy, estate regeneration, sustainability, and corporate health and safety related activity.

Frances Firmin – Vice Chair

Frances Firmin joined the Board in 2017 having retired to Cornwall after a 20 year  career as a general commercial lawyer in the insurance industry.   She was a founder member of a local Community Land Trust and has fostered an interest in social and affordable housing since her days as a law student.  As well as having significant legal expertise Frances also has experience in human resources management and is well versed in regulatory compliance including with the Data Protection Act and other relevant statutory provisions.

Regina Farrell

Regina moved to Cornwall settling in Polperro in 1984.  She attended Looe Comprehensive School then went on to Falmouth School of Art, followed by Crewe and Alsager College where she gained an Art Degree. After extensive worldwide travel obtained a PGCE and became a freelance art teacher. Regina is now a self-employed painter, mainly selling paintings of Cornish harbours. She has raised her 2 children alone and has run an Art Gallery on the beautiful harbour at Polperro since 2009.  Regina had moved from house to house around Polperro because of affordability issues, so she was DELIGHTED to become a tenant with CRHA in October 2018.

Rachel Fisher

After a forty-year career in Healthcare Management and Occupational Therapy, Rachel retired as Associate Director of Therapies in a central London Mental Health Trust. Latterly she specialised in Adult Social Care in local authorities, and Medium Secure Forensic Psychiatry. She has worked in Public Health Medicine at national policy making level and later in the West Indies understanding the provision of healthcare with very limited resources. Rachel was born and schooled in Cornwall and has returned on retirement. She is now active in a number of fitness pursuits and is a Trustee of a local hearing loss charity. She has sat on the Board of CRHA since 2012, bringing her experience of the need for social housing, the wider political environment and a pragmatic approach to management.

Gary Lucas

Gary is a chartered Quantity Surveyor who has been involved in construction and infrastructure for over 40 years, working across a range of sectors including education, healthcare and accommodation as well as transport. His work has covered all facets from origination, funding, transaction management, through development and operations. This included creating facilities management services to maintain various properties . He also has extensive experience outside the UK and has secured business in Europe, India, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Gary is now keen to apply those skills and experience to support the Association in meeting it’s aims and objectives.

Roger Orchard

Roger is a retired army officer with over 35 years’ experience in facilities and property management gained with the Royal Engineers, the South West Regional Development Agency and Cornwall Council. He brings with him extensive knowledge in maintenance works within the Defence Estate worldwide, project management, engineering consultancy, 3rd party audits and contract monitoring. Roger joined the Board in 2012 and is on the Risk sub-committee.

Maurice Vella

Maurice trained at the Architectural Association and worked, until retirement, as an architect in both public and private sectors. He has designed many types of building, from Norfolk vicarages to Surestart Centres in Cornwall and a prizewinning “Classroom of the Future.” He has 25 years’ experience as a local councillor and, as well as being a board member at CRHA, is a founding trustee and board member of CEP, Cornwall’s energy advice centre. Maurice believes that everyone deserves a well-designed, energy efficient home and that high design quality can be achieved at low cost.

Honorary President: Michael Galsworthy CVO CBE

Here is our Membership Policy.


The voluntary Board of Management meets approximately every two months near Bodmin to decide on policy and monitor progress. Meetings are normally held on weekday mornings.

If you are interested in joining our Board and feel that you possess relevant skills, knowledge or experience to help us in our work, please write to:

Cornwall Rural Housing Association Limited

19 Callywith Gate

Launceston Road


PL31 2RQ

Letters of application should be sent to our offices and marked for the attention of Peter Moore, our Chief Executive.

CRHA is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and members of ethnic minority groups as they are currently under represented on our Board.

Further information on the work of the Association is available either from this website or on request from the above address.

For an informal discussion, please contact Peter Moore, our Chief Executive, on 01208 892000 or via