Meet Our Team

MHA Board

All housing associations must be led and controlled by a Board which ensures delivery of its objectives, sets its strategic direction and upholds its values. The MHA Board Members have ultimate responsibility for directing the activity of the Association, ensuring it is well run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up. These include:

  • Setting and approving policies, plans and budgets to achieve those objectives and monitoring performance
  • Ensuring compliance with objects, purposes and values
  • Ensuring the financial strength, solvency and good performance of the Association
  • Ensuring that the Association complies with all relevant regulation, laws and requirements
  • Dealing with the appointment and appraisal of the Association’s Chief Executive
  • Setting and maintaining a framework of delegation and internal control where appropriate
  • Agreeing all policies and decisions on matters which might create significant risk to the Association – financial or otherwise
  • Ensure that the Association’s vision, mission and values and activities remain true to its objectives.

To see the Terms of Reference for MHA’s Board, please click here.

Board Members

Barrington Billings, Chair

Barrington’s appointment as Chair is a key appointment for MHA.  Following the regulatory downgrade, we needed someone who brought strength in governance best practice and experience of working in both a housing and non-executive capacity.  We believe Barrington brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be of great benefit to MHA.

Barrington began his senior housing career in 1990 as an Executive Director at Hallmark Community Housing, where he worked for six years.  Since then, he has held Executive-level posts at a number of Housing Associations, such as Prime Focus and Places for People, and is currently Head of Asset Management and Development at Tuntum Housing Association.  In addition to executive roles, Barrington has also served on a number of Boards; outside of sector he has been a non-executive at an Academy and an NHS Trust, and was Chair of the Joint Awarding Body of the Chartered Institute of Building from 2007-2008.  Within the sector he has served on the Boards of Gentoo (2008-2017) and Arhag Housing (2007-2013), having Chaired the latter, and was also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing from 2000-2008, serving as President from 2005-2006.

Abdul Ravat, Vice Chair

Abdul Aziz Ravat has over 25 years of experience in the fields of housing, regeneration, investment and service delivery. Abdul Aziz has a unique knowledge and practice of deploying funds through public and private investment models in both procuring affordable housing and sustaining places. He has previously worked for the Housing Corporation (HC) and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and directly worked with over 50 housing delivery partners and had responsibility for coordinating and representing to boards the regulatory engagement and overall assessment of performance.

Abdul Aziz is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Board Member of the Yorkshire & Humberside Branch and has completed his MBA at Bradford University. He serves as an Independent Chair to the Schools Appeals Panel and is an Ambassador to the National Training Awards encouraging others to seek recognition from their own learning and development journeys. He is also an assessor for the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Awards. Being a keen club cricketer and a Level 2 Coach and All Stars Activator with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) he was recognised as the ‘Heartbeat of the Club’ as part of Yorkshire Cricket & ECB’s 2017 Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards.

Abdul Aziz joined the MHA Board in October 2016 having had a professional relationship for the best part of 15 years or so. Whilst at the HC and HCA he was both its Lead Regulator and Contract Review Manager. Abdul Aziz believes that this is vital understanding and a demonstration of continuity for the organization as it progresses forward to serve its residents and communities.

Cath Bacon, Tenant Board Member

Cath is the Labour Councillor for Keighley West ward and is an active member of the Council and local community.  Cath holds a number of Council Committee appointments, including the Area Planning Panel for Keighley & Shipley; Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee; and Joint Health & Social Care and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  She is also involved with a number of local community groups, UNISON, charities and education trusts.

Julia Histon

Julia is a highly experienced housing professional with many years’ experience at a senior level in the sector.  Julia is currently Chief Executive of York Housing Association and has been in post since 2011.  Prior to this role she had worked in housing and regeneration for over 25 years, and has worked for Housing Associations, Regeneration Companies and Local Authorities in the North East.  Julia is Vice Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber National Housing Federation Chief Executive Group and a member of the Smaller Housing Associations Group.  She is also the Housing Association representative on the Housing Board for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP.  She has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing for 25 years.

Vicky Szulist

Vicky is a chartered accountant and audit partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP where she specialises in the audit of not for profit entities.  Vicky has a number of housing clients and has been involved in the social housing sector throughout her career.  Manningham Housing Association is a past audit client from her time as a senior manager at KPMG.

Vicky also chairs Healthwatch Manchester and sits on Manchester’s Health and Wellbeing Board.  She has an active interest in social value through procurement. She was previously the treasurer of Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau for six and a half years.  Vicky was born in Shipley and grew up in Bradford where she resided until moving to her current home in Brighouse.

Haroon Rashid

Haroon is a  chartered accountant with extensive financial management, treasury and reporting experience  gained at KPMG and FGH .  Whilst at KPMG, Haroon managed many Housing Association audits and due diligence exercises.  Haroon currently heads the Central Finance department at Freemans Grattan Holdings and his responsibilities include Financial Accounting and systems, pensions, treasury and accounts payable.   Haroon has  also served as a school Governor and enjoys playing cricket in his spare time.

Mushtaq Khan

Mushtaq has worked for a number of housing and regeneration organisations throughout his career, as well as running his own consultancy business. He is currently Director of Commercial Partnerships at the Jigsaw Group; this involves overseeing and growing the Group’s non-landlord business activity, with an annual income of about £15m. He has also worked at a senior level in local authorities for the over fifteen years, including working for large metropolitan councils such as Oldham, Trafford and Lambeth.

Mushtaq is particularly interested in ensuring that disadvantaged communities have access to housing, employment and training opportunities to move forward and achieve their potential. He has experience of a host of regeneration schemes ranging from straightforward homes and environment refurbishment to complex public-private partnership schemes involving new build and community investment. These schemes have sought to address issues such as ethnic segregation through ensuring that the quality and choice of accommodation is enhanced, enabling the creation of more mixed-income communities.

Majid Khan

Majid is a chartered accountant, having qualified with Ernst & Young in London. He has since worked for KPMG (Real Estate) and a number of large listed businesses in Yorkshire, including Morrisons Plc and IPF Plc. His most recent role is that of Commercial Finance Director at IPF PLC.

Other relevant experience includes a secondment to the HCA to advise on the allocation of funding to developers as part of the Kickstart programme. As part of this secondment, he worked closely with developers on a number of regional schemes to advise on all aspects of the development finance.

Executive Team Members

The Association has a management team which comprises the Interim Chief Executive, Director of Finance and Customer Services. The management operations of the Association are delegated to this highly committed and professional management team.

Lee Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer

Lee is Chief Executive Officer and started with us in January 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience working in housing and has worked across a range of organisations including local authority, ALMO’s and housing associations. Lee was previously Chief Executive of a BME housing association in Leeds and brings a wealth of experience including corporate governance, business development, organisational change and strong strategic leadership. Lee is a Board Member of the Housing Diversity Network and is passionate about instigating change and improving and developing services for BME communities.

Helen Rourke, Director of Finance and Company Secretary

Helen is the Director of Finance and Company Secretary. She leads the Finance Team and is responsible for all aspects of financial management and reporting. She has over 10 years’ experience of working within the social housing sector; initially as an auditor with KPMG and more latterly as a Finance Director. Helen is a fully qualified CIPFA accountant with significant experience of financing, strategic planning and regulation. She is also a non-executive director for a housing association in Salford.

Ulfat Hussain, Director of Customer Services

Ulfat is the Director of Operations. He has specific responsibility for the delivery of housing management, maintenance and asset management services ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction. Ulfat has over 15 years of senior management experience of driving operations for both small and large housing associations. He is highly committed to customer service excellence shaping high quality services coupled with strong organisational performance. He has been a board member at Pennine Housing 2000; is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, has a Degree in Housing Studies, a Post-graduate Certificate in Leadership and is qualified as a PRINCE2 Practitioner. Ulfat is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Yorkshire and Humberside
Regional Board.