Our Board

Mark Ellaby – Chair

Mark has extensive professional experience in housing management, repairs/ maintenance and contract management. After gaining an MBA from Sheffield Business School on 1990 he developed performance frameworks and environmental management systems for Tarmac and worked as a senior manager at Lovell, writing multi-million pound bids for large scale contracts.

Rick Plews – Treasurer

Rick is a retired accountant. His interest in the charity and not for profit sector spans the length of his professional career. In retirement, he has offered his finance and business experience to organisations such as Target, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Sheffield Council, Sheffield Lyceum Theatre Trust and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.

Jacqui Dyer

Jacqui is a solicitor, specialising in housing law. Until recently she worked as head of social housing at Taylor & Emmet in Sheffield. She joined T&E in January 2014 after spending 7 years at Nabarro and has extensive knowledge of landlord and tenant management and property development. She currently works for an organisation which offers online legal advice.

Ellie Staniforth

Ellie works for Sheffield Council as a civil litigator, providing legal representation, advocacy, advice and support on issues such as public sector housing law, negligence, nuisance and debt recovery. Prior to this she worked as a legal director for Howells where she managed the housing team and advised tenants on issues such as antisocial behavior, eviction, disrepair and homelessness.

Ian Brownlee

Ian worked as a solicitor for more than 30 years before retiring  in 2015. He has worked for both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University, and spent ten years at Leeds University where he rose to become Dean of the Faculty of Law. He went on to spend 17 years in a variety of roles with the Crown Prosecution Service in South Yorkshire and nationally.

Cheryl Barrott

Cheryl is a co-founder and co-director of Change AGEnts Network UK Ltd, a charity seeking to challenge ageism and promote the respect, inclusion and the contribution of older people. She is vice chair of the Co-op Party, chair of Co-ops Yorkshire & Humber and holds a number of other roles on cooperative boards.

Sarah Sonne

Sarah graduated from Liverpool University in 2014 with a degree in modern history and politics. Since then she has worked in a number or projects supporting asylum seekers and refugees. She currently works within the Refugee Council’s resettlement team and as a refugee orientation coordinator for the British Red Cross.

Steve Crane 

Steve joined the RAF after leaving school and served in the RAF Regiment. He worked at Blakenhurst Prison in the Midlands before moving back up north and working his way up the management ladder at Action Housing. After a brief spell procuring property for Target and a stint with Sheffield Council’s commissioning team he entered his current role as a health and social care inspector at the Care Quality Commission.