Meet the board

emh group has adopted the National Housing Federation Excellence In Governance Code to encourage the highest standards of governance and accountability while responding to change and risk.

emh group Board

The Board drives our strategy ensuring we make the best business decisions.

Dr. David Russell, Chair

David Russell

David is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean at the University of Derby. He is an accountant by profession, member of the British Accounting & Finance Association, the Committee of Departments of Accounting & Finance Executive and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He has led change programmes introducing commercial principles into not-for-profit organisations, and the transition of public services to commercial activities. He was appointed Chair in June 2017.

Jim Holden, Vice Chair

Jim Holden

Now retired, Jim is a qualified accountant with a career spanning both the public and private sectors. He has been a Deputy Chief Executive of a local authority, and a shared Finance Director across two neighbouring authorities. He has held corporate responsibility for a wide range of services outside of finance, including housing policy and strategy, the operational landlord function, planning, legal, health, and environmental services. He was instrumental in introducing the first local authority funded Help to Buy scheme, and has a particular interest in value for money and tenant participation within the social housing sector

Chan Kataria OBE, BSc (Hons), FCIH, MBA


Chan is Group Chief Executive. He has held numerous positions at senior level in both the housing association and local authority sectors since 1985. He is a former Chair of the National Housing Federation in the East Midlands and a member of the steering group of housing association alliance PlaceShapers.

Amanda Ashton

Amanda Ashton

Amanda has a wealth of leadership experience at executive board level in higher education and health care transformational change, within local, national and international settings. Amanda now runs her own consultancy company and provides support to NHS foundations. She values team work and has a reputation for developing people to develop both their professional and personal potential.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Tim works as an independent Consultant and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is a senior research associate in Housing and Local Government, Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University. He has recently been a member of the research team evaluating housing and worklessness and currently runs workshops on housing & health and housing & safeguarding.

Vandna Gohil


Vandna currently provides strategic support, leadership, and management for Healthwatch Leicestershire, an organisation dedicated to improving health and social care. She was previously a Senior Welfare Rights Worker for Leicester City Council, providing advice to claimants and raising awareness of anti-poverty issues. She has also worked to promote and market Coventry Law Centre and was involved in setting up the Highfields and Belgrave Law Centre.

Chris Hobson


Chris is currently Director of Policy and External Affairs at East Midlands Chamber. He has spent his career in public policy with experience across a number of fields. Previous roles include Head of Information and Representation for Derbyshire, Nottingham and Leicestershire Chamber of Commence, Lead Manager in the East Midlands for the National Housing Federation and Manager of Transact, the national forum for financial inclusion.

Patricia McCabe

Patricia McCabe

Patricia is Managing Director of Central Consultancy & Training Ltd, a company specialising in delivering a range of consultancy services to housing, social care, and the wider third sector. Among other things, she is Director of Homecome Ltd, a not-for-profit housing company providing good quality affordable housing for people on low incomes in Leicester, and Chair of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid.

Gail Puttock

Gail Puttock

Gail is a highly experienced HR and employment law consultant with over 20 years’ experience within consultancy firms and the health sector. She now works as a self-employed HR consultant providing advice for SMEs on HR and employment relations. She has worked in the voluntary and education sectors, and was a parish councillor for two years, helping to improve services in the local community.


emh group has adopted the National Housing Federation "Excellence In Governance Code" to encourage the highest standards of governance and accountability while responding to change and increased risk.

For more information about our governance, please contact us or read one of the documents below.

In the name of transparency, the board payment schedule is also available: