Meet the EN:Able Communities Board of Trustees


All trustees share EN’s vision for social and economic regeneration in Yorkshire and Humber and have the experience, skills and capacity to steer the CIO and ensure its aims are accomplished.

Darush Dodds


Trustee

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Darush Dodds

Corporate Affairs Director - Esh Group

Esh Group is one of the North of England’s largest privately-owned construction businesses. Operating throughout the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, its main trading arm, Esh Construction provides commercial build, civil engineering, affordable and private housing services to the private and public sector.

Darush joined Esh in 2007 as a trainee and today heads up the Group’s Corporate Affairs function. With the support of a dedicated team, Darush is responsible for branding, public relations, digital communications, sponsorship and Esh Group’s industry leading socioeconomic value strategy, ‘Constructing Local’.

With over 15-years’ experience in self delivering award winning programmes, supply chain collaboration and a ‘whole business’ approach to community wealth building, Darush champions the delivery of measurable socioeconomic benefits for Esh’s clients and their communities through the delivery of apprenticeships and training, community engagement and improving the employability prospects of local residents.

Esh is proud to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for their outstanding commitment to delivering social and economic value in the areas it operates having been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity & Social Mobility, and, is the only construction business headquartered in the North of England to hold this award.

Darush was recently appointed as a Trustee of EN:Able Communities.

Contact Darush

E: darush.dodds@esh.uk.com

Ken Taylor


Trustee

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Ken Taylor

Ken has over 25 years experience of working at executive director, board and ambassadorial levels across all sectors within regeneration to fulfil people’s social, economic and environmental needs. This has included, for example, being the chair of Wakefield and District Housing, the Executive Director of the charity Groundwork Wakefield and North Yorkshire and most recently as a Board Member of the Mental Health Network.

Having spent his career working within deprived areas across Yorkshire his approach is to work in partnership with communities and organisations to address inequalities and maximise impact.

Ken wants to pull on his skills, knowledge and experience to be a part of leading EN:Able Communities to regenerate communities and help people to reach their potential and live well.

Efficiency North Holdings

Lee Winterbottom


Member Director. Managing Director of Construction Services at Berneslai Homes

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Lee Winterbottom

Member Director

Lee joined Berneslai Homes as Managing Director of Construction Services in October 2018. He has responsibility for the operational and financial performance of Construction Services which is the in-house workforce. He is also part of Berneslai Homes executive team.

He has worked in construction all his working life, and in the property social housing sector for the last 22 years where he has held a number of roles. While these have all been property focused they have included lead roles in repairs service delivery, sustainability, new business and PFI and competitive procurement. The latter seeing success in the award of the PFI contract in Salford for the housing and public realm regeneration. 

Lee is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and is also actively involved in many networks and working groups that focus on improving the efficiency of  in-house workforces and the retrofit agenda.

Louise Ivens


Trustee

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Louise Ivens

Louise joined En:Able Communities in March 2018. Louise has extensive experience in public sector finance, with qualifications in both the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and the Institute of Internal Auditors.  Louise currently works as a Principal Audit Manager for Leeds City Council.

Louise has a young family and lives in Sheffield.

 

Maggie Gjessing


Trustee

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Maggie Gjessing

Maggie joined En:Able Communities in March 2018.  Maggie is currently the Head of Housing Growth at Leeds City Council.  She has an extensive career both the local authority and housing association sectors leading on a number of significant regeneration and housing Investment programmes over the past 18 years. Maggie is currently chair of Leeds Action to Create Homes (LATCH) since 2009 and a Director of St Georges Crypt in LeedsDevelopment Company .

Epiphany Kidd


Trustee

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Epiphany Kidd

Epiphany joined En:Able Communities in March 2018.  Epiphany has extensive experience as a housing professional working for a number of councils and housing associations, in both operational and , project management

Epiphany is currently Programme Co-ordinator, South Yorkshire Housing Association and Treasurer of Women in Social Housing (WISH) Yorkshire and Humber branch

Epiphany has also worked as a mountain bike guide and a snowboard instructor

Efficiency North Holdings

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.