The Board


Meet the Efficiency North Holdings Limited board, steered by Independent Chair, Jackie Axelby MBA MBE. Board directors include the chief executive, 3 independent directors, and 7 directors reflecting our membership, which consists of all category providers of social housing including Local Authorities, Arms Length Management Organisations and Registered Social Landlords.

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Jackie Axelby MBA, MBE


Chair

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Jackie Axelby MBA, MBE

Chair

Jackie joined Efficiency North as Chair in May 2017 bringing a wealth of expertise gained from her extensive experience in senior executive and non-executive positions in housing, health and education.

She has enjoyed a range of Board roles, having been Group Chair of the Isos Housing Group most recently prior to joining EN.  She has also chaired Northumberland Learning and Skills Council, the North-East Judging Panel of the National Training Awards and the Dental Services Board, NHS North-East.

Having begun her career in the NHS in Sheffield, she went on to hold several Chief Executive positions in the health service in South Yorkshire, Lancashire and the North-East. Jackie has also chaired several charitable enterprises and is the current Chair of ESCAPE Family Support Ltd which provides support to individuals and families affected by the impact of drug and alcohol abuse.

Jackie was awarded her MBE in 2014 for services to the education, learning and skills sector.

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George Paterson


Vice Chair. Group Director of Assets, Together Housing Group

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George Paterson

Vice Chair

From May 2014 George was appointed as Group Director of Assets in the Together Housing Group, having previously worked in all areas of housing over his 30 year career.

Prior to May 2014 his role was Salford PFI Director.  Having taken on the role in May 2012, George’s task was to make the PFI bid a reality by making the Housing Management and Repairs Service deliverable – which was achieved in September 2013.  From go live to May 2014 George had to achieve a successful transition whilst ensuring  that Together can deliver on the non-housing management parts of the bid including employment, development and the finance arrangements.

Before the PFI role, George was Director of Corporate Services in the Together Housing Group and held the same role in Pennine Housing and Trans-Pennine Housing from 2001 onwards.   George is a qualified Housing professional and also has an MBA and Business degree.

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Lee Parkinson


Chief Executive

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Lee Parkinson

Chief Executive

Lee has over 28 years of experience in the construction and housing sector, having begun his career as a Youth Training Scheme Apprentice Construction Technician with a major contractor. He has held group wide procurement and supply chain management leadership roles in some of the largest family-owned and PLC major contractors, managing the procurement of multi-million £ contracts on a wide range of construction projects, including major international contracts in the UK and the Far East.

Lee joined Efficiency North in 2007 to lead the development of its procurement offer. In 2010 Lee was appointed as the Director responsible for the consortium’s development as an incorporated entity and in 2013 was appointed Chief Executive of Efficiency North Limited. In 2017 Lee spearheaded the corporate re-structure of Efficiency North to form Efficiency North Holdings Limited and its operating entities EN:Procure Limited, EN:Able Futures CIC, EN:Able Build Limited and our charity EN:Able Communities CIO.

Lee is also a director of the Reallies partnership.

With the support of a dedicated team, Lee has led the company’s strong growth which positions Efficiency North as one of the UK’s largest procurement consortiums and apprenticeship and training providers.

Lee champions intelligent procurement approaches including early contractor involvement, efficient supply chain management solutions through technology and social value delivery. He is a passionate advocate for the construction sector is a regular speaker at sectoral events and features frequently in industry journals.

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Stephen Davis


Member Director. Director of Assets, Regeneration and Construction at Berneslai Homes

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Stephen Davis

Member Director

Director of Assets, Regeneration and Construction at Berneslai Homes and a chartered architect by profession, Stephen has been in the Construction Industry for 35 years, with the last 8 years in housing management, regeneration, improvement and maintenance. Prior to this he had a wide variety of design, procurement and management experience both in the public and private sector.

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Mark Robinson


Member Director. Assistant Head of Service – Housing Investment at Hull City Council

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Mark Robinson

Member Director

Assistant Head of Service – Housing Investment at Hull City Council, Mark has more than 20 years Local Government experience, having previously been Director of Technical Services at North Lincolnshire Homes and prior to that Divisional Manager – Building Works for North Lincolnshire Council.

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Heidi Thompson


Member Director. Executive Director of Property at Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

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Heidi Thompson

Member Director

Heidi has over 25 years of experience within the Social Housing sector and the construction industry. She has responsibility for managing and growing the Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing Property Directorate which currently has an annual turnover in excess of £60m and manages approximately 600 staff.

Heidi is a Building Surveyor by profession and during her career in both the public and private sectors has successfully managed all aspects of asset management, including a comprehensive stock option appraisal, has led a Direct Labour Organisation through transformational change, implemented partnering contracts to deliver repairs, maintenance and capital planned programmes, and delivered major change management initiatives. Moving from a large Local Authority to the private sector in 2008, Heidi has managed diverse workforces on a regional and national basis, focussing on customer satisfaction and client relationships, whilst further developing her commercial awareness and skills.

She is a keen Ambassador for Women in Construction and is the founding member and Chair of Women in Social Housing (WISH) Yorkshire and Humber branch. Heidi hopes to inspire future generations by encouraging young people to explore a career within the construction industry and is passionate about empowering women to be visible and confident to become the best they can be

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Claire Warren


Member Director. Chief Executive of Pickering and Ferens Homes

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Claire Warren

Member Director

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and with a BA (Hons) degree in Housing Studies, Claire has a social housing career spanning 27 years.

Claire has worked in senior leadership roles for 18 years and is currently the Chief Executive at Pickering and Ferens Homes, based in Hull. Claire has significant experience in non-executive roles, previously working with The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Procurement for Housing and is currently a Director with Gentoo Homes, Sunderland.

Claire is appointed to the NHF National Smaller Housing Association Group, the National Efficiency Group and participates with both CIH and NHF Groups at a regional level.

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Mark Jones


Member Director. Executive Director of Property Services at Lincolnshire Housing Partnership.

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Mark Jones

Member Director

Mark joined Lincolnshire Housing Partnership in 2015 as Executive Director of Property Services to lead the creation of a new in-house repair and maintenance service. He has worked in the sector since 1986 in Cambridge and Poole before moving to Norfolk as Director of Asset Management for Circle Anglia. He also held a Managing Director position at Wherry Housing Association and before joining LHP he established Circle’s in-house maintenance business as Group Director. As well as Property Services, Mark leads teams delivering Development, Housing Management, Lettings and Customer Services.

Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a trustee of the Humber YMCA. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Service Management, School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and the Dean’s external advisory board of the School of Business, University of Leicester.

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Nigel Leighton


Independent Director

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Nigel Leighton

Independent Director

Nigel was previously Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, with responsibility for the council’s procurement.  He brings a raft of strategic and commercial experience from 35 years in the public sector, covering not only building services but also civil engineering, housing, leisure and environmental services. He was instrumental in introducing modern procurement methods and forms of contract to the council.

Nigel was also previously Chair of the YORhub construction frameworks board.  Under his leadership the five local authorities that manage YORhub collaborated to develop the original concept of a regional construction framework into the three successful frameworks available today, delivering £1bn of construction projects in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

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Richard Hinchliffe


Independent Director

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Richard Hinchliffe

Independent Director

Richard has over 30 years’ experience in training and development, latterly as Chief Executive and Director of City Training Services (subsidiary company of Bradford College). In this role Richard was responsible for the delivery of a £5million annual government contract for training delivery across the Yorkshire and Humber region, supporting over 3,000 apprentices across 28 occupational areas through City Training Services. Other roles include Director of Employee Engagement at Bradford College, Head of Professional Development at Remarc Technologies, Senior Training Manager at Bradford and Bingley Plc and Training Manager at Allied Colliods (BASF).

Richard is co-founder and non-executive Director of the West Yorkshire Learning Partnership (WYLP) group which serves a consortium of work-based training companies and now has a £3.5 million Government contract for training delivery.

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Chris Banks


Independent Director

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Chris Banks

Independent Director

Chris is currently CEO of the Tower Hamlets GP Care Group CIC and SRO for the Tower Hamlets MCP Vanguard – Tower Hamlets Together. He's a former CEO of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, CEO of Cambridgeshire PCT, and joint managing director of East Coast Community Health Services.  He led a project to build a new hospital in Peterborough, and has led two successful turnarounds. He has also worked as a freelance consultant on health projects in the UK and overseas. 

Chris's voluntary work includes Chair of Health Inclusion Matters CIC, a specialist primary care service for homeless people, and he has Non-executive directorships of Gateway Primary Care CIC and PHASE (Young People Support) CIC.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and holds an MSc in Business Process Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Leadership.