Homes & Investment Committee

Homes & Investment Committee

The Homes & Investment Committee is a committee of the Board whose purpose is to assist in ensuring that Havebury’s objectives for the delivery of new homes and investment in existing homes are met.

It plays an important role in considering the way in which Havebury’s resources are invested in new and existing homes, whilst also taking into account the challenge of achieving net zero carbon emissions.

Mark Webster (Chair)

Mark Webster (Chair)

“I joined the Board as a co-opted member in May 2018, having worked with the housing association sector since 1990. For 10 years I was a board member of a South Midlands Housing Group, serving as Group Chair for the last five years. My professional career was with a major financial institution where for much of the time I specialised in financing housing associations. I have a keen interest in affordable rural housing issues, sport and the natural environment.”

Jerry Harkness

Jerry Harkness

“I have over 35 years’ experience of development, new business and asset management working primarily in the housing association sector in the East of England, East & West Midlands, London and the South East.

I am currently the Director of Noryl Consulting Ltd. which I set up in October 2017 to provide consultancy services to organisations working to provide new affordable homes.

Prior to this, I was Head of Design & Construction at Circle Housing Group (now Clarion), one of the larger housing associations in the UK.  This involved a group-wide role in ensuring quality housing delivery for customers as well as providing technical support to the department on large multi-tenure projects.

Before that I spent 10 years as Regional Development Director at Circle covering the East of England, East and West Midlands, generating and delivering up to 1,000 homes per annum across the region, including affordable rent, shared ownership, market rent and market sale tenures, together with specialist housing for older residents.

I have a BSc. in Building gained from Nottingham Trent University in 1980 and an MSc. in Property Development (Project Management) from London South Bank University in 1994.

I’m married with 2 grown-up children and my interests include reading and music. I’m also a keen cyclist and spend quite a lot of time in the garden.”

Simon Burton

Simon Burton

“I am a hardworking and experienced commercial property surveyor with 16 years’ experience dealing with the sale, letting and marketing of property and land in the office, industrial & retail sectors as well as residential land sales and commercial development sites in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding areas. I am very passionate about the town and heavily involved in the local business community holding governance and trustee roles with a number of organisations.”

Deb Thomas

Deb Thomas

“I am excited to be joining the Committee at Havebury and am looking forward to sharing my experiences in the housing and construction sectors to positively impact the lives of tenants.

I am a structural engineer by training and worked for Arup for over 25 years designing buildings including offices, museums, schools, and housing.

I have worked for Central & Cecil Housing Trust (C&C) since December 2016. I was Executive Director for Property and Development from August 2018, with responsibility for development, asset management, repairs, and property compliance.

Following C&C’s merger with the Aster Group, in January 2022, my focus has moved back to development.

Outside work I am a trustee of CTU Collective and Camden Highline, both Camden based charities. I moved to Cambridge in 2020 and am the Group Scout Leader at the 1st Trumpington Scout Group.”

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

“I am a Fellow of the RICS and I have extensive leadership experience of working in executive and non-executive roles. This has been gained through a mix of roles in housing associations, charities, contractor and consultancy over the last 20 years.

I have significant experience in asset management in the social housing sector. I am currently the Managing Director for a maintenance services company operating in the region.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing football, cycling, and coaching my son’s football team.”