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.

Gary Lucas - Vice-Chair

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.

Gina 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.  Gina 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.

Sophie Hughes

Sophie currently works for a large housing association in the South West overseeing retrofit and environmental improvements to the association’s homes. Prior to this Sophie has worked in a variety of roles including housing management, tenancy support and economic development both across Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly. Sophie also resides in a CRHA shared ownership home.

Alex Deller

Alex holds the position of Regional Manager at a renowned national retirement property management and development company. Before this, Alex worked in multiple capacities, including leasehold, service charge, major works management and even IT Housing systems development. Alex has amassed over a decade's worth of expertise in both private and social housing environments.

Paul Heminsley

Paul is a qualified accountant with expertise in treasury management, business planning and new homes appraisals and works for a large national housing association. Paul has rural lived experience and has family roots in the Southwest.

Keith Meredith

Keith has extensive experience in asset management and property related services working across both public and private sectors.  Keith is currently Head of Strategic Asset Management for a local authority in the Southeast.

Ella McLachlan 

Ella is our very first board member representing the Isles of Scilly.  Ella is a customer of CRHA and lives with her family on St. Martin's, she is very active in island life, including running her own award winning organic skincare business 'Phoenix & Providence' and also supporting her husband who runs the island bakery.  Ella is also a committee member for the popular island hall.

Trudy Polkinghorn

Trudy, one of our customers, has lived in North Cornwall for over 30 years. Trudy has a background in health and safety and project management.  She was a Director for an electrical utilities company contracted to Western Power specialising in arboriculture and environmental issues for 10 years.

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