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Our Trustees

As a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status, we have a Board of Trustees who ensure we maintain our strategic direction and financial sustainability. Our Trustees are focused on delivering excellent care and continually working to ensure we run efficiently and effectively.


Liz Jones – Chair

Liz joined the HNHA Board in March 2015 and became Chair in May 2016. She is also a volunteer for Harrogate & Ripon Meals on Wheels.

Liz is an experienced retired Chief Executive and has been successful in leading, driving and delivering transformation projects and improved outcomes in major service areas in the public sector.


Andrew Parascandolo

Andrew has been on the HNHA Board since November 2015. He is the Managing Partner of Powell Eddison Freeman and Wilks Solicitors, Harrogate and is also a Director of Avery Walters Solicitors in Leeds which he set up in 2013.

Andrew has vast knowledge of the property sector and is the Chairman of the Leeds Property Association. Outside of work, Andrew is actively involved in supporting local charities. Andrew lives in Leeds and is married with two children.


Georgina Mitchell

Georgina joined the HNHA Board of Trustees in September 2017. Having left a 17-year long career in Investment Management and Stockbroking in 2016, Georgina completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma in March 2017.

She is now concentrating her efforts on trustee and other non-executive roles where the financial and governance knowledge gained from these experiences can be applied. In her spare time, Georgina loves to cook and try out extreme sports.


Carl Hotson – Vice Chair

Carl is a Chartered Accountant with extensive financial, business planning and managerial experience in both private and charitable organisations, including social housing, care homes and domiciliary care. Carl was a Trustee board member and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Action Housing and Support for several years until 2017.

He recently retired as Business Planning Manager at a large Housing Association and is now committed to helping Harrogate Neighbours to continue to flourish.


Keith West

Keith joined the HNHA board in September 2019. Keith is a Chartered Safety Professional (CMIOSH) and the Risk Management Director at PEMCO Safety Ltd, a Harrogate-based consultancy and advisory practice delivering safety risk management services to private, public and third sector clients, including several Housing Associations across the UK.

Keith is also a qualified and experienced facilities manager, a property manager, a building services engineer and a safety trainer. Keith hopes that his wide-ranging knowledge of commercial property management and risk management will be an asset to HNHA.


Brian Schur

Brian joined the HNHA board in September 2019. Brian is a Digital and IT Consultant with 25+ years working in all things Internet and IT. Having worked on a number of large complex Internet projects for central government (Cabinet Office, Deputy Prime Minister), Brian then joined the Superbreak executive board at the height of the digital boom taking them to a fully-fledged online travel agent.

He then set up his own Digital Consultancy in 2009, based in Boston Spa, and has been involved in some innovative project working with organisations in Chicago, Kiev and Doncaster. Brian brings all his digital and IT experience to HNHA.


Sally Pickering

Rev Dr Sally Pickering joined the HNHA Board of Trustees in April 2021. Sally is curate at St Andrew’s Church in Starbeck and has links within the Starbeck community and wider within the Harrogate area.

Sally has also practiced as an applied psychologist for 25 years’ working in Educational Authorities as an Educational Psychologist. In her spare time Sally loves to be outdoors where she can be found running, walking and canoeing with her family.


Gudrun Carlisle

Gudrun joined the HNHA Board of Trustees in December 2021. Gudrun is Services Director for Horton Housing Association overseeing a range of housing and support services in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire.

Gudrun has worked in the support and housing sector for over 25 years. Gudrun lives in Bingley with her husband, three children and two dogs.

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about Harrogate Neighbours or are interested in becoming part of our team then get in touch. We are always on the lookout for exceptional people to join us as we continue to grow.

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