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.

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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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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Mark Jones


Member Director. Executive Director of Property Services at Acis Group.

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Mark Jones

Member Director

Mark joined Acis Group in December 2019 as Executive Director of Property Services.

He has worked in social housing for over 32 years and has a wealth of leadership and operational experience, with extensive senior leadership knowledge. 

Mark previously held an executive role for Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, Group Director role for Circle Housing Group and a position as Managing Director of Wherry Housing Association in Norfolk.

He has significant experience of transformation and service improvement, working closely with the boards of previous organisations. Mark also has non-executive experience and is currently a member of the international advisory board for the School of Business and Economics at Leicester University, Chair of EN Procure Ltd and is Chair of the core group. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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Richard Holmes


Member Director. Contracts Lawyer at WDH

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Richard Holmes

Contracts Lawyer at Wakefield and District Housing

Richard joined WDH in 2018 as their Contracts Lawyer advising on company, commercial and construction matters.

Prior to joining WDH Richard spent more than 20 years employed as an in-house lawyer for a number of local authorities, including Leeds City Council and Manchester City Council, and also in private practice working for Irwin Mitchell, Walker Morris and Nabarro/CMS. During this time he advised both public and private sector clients on the commercial legal issues relating to PFI, PPP and major public sector projects particularly in the waste, education and housing sectors as well as on public procurement, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and outsourcing.

Richard was seconded to the Department for Education as a Commercial Manager delivering the Government’s Building Schools for the Future Programme.

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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.