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Our Trustees and Directors

MHA is a group structure comprising the charity, Methodist Homes, Methodist Homes Housing Association and MHA Auchlochan. MHA is run by a team of executive directors and governed by non-executive trustees.

Executive Directors

Chief Executive, Methodist Homes (MHA)

Vacant role


 Carol Artis, Operations Director – Care Homes

Carol_Artis.jpgCarol is responsible for MHA’s Care Homes.  She joined MHA on 1 April 2005.

Carol entered the healthcare sector 14 years ago as the financial controller of a small group of nursing homes before moving to an operational position. This company changed hands and Carol was appointed to the position of Director for the Elderly Care Homes for four years, until she was appointed Director of Care Homes with the responsibility of three hundred registered care homes across the UK. 

 Lincoln Clarke, Director of Marketing

Lincoln Clarke.jpgLincoln joined MHA in April 2017 and is responsible for leading MHA’s Marketing, Policy & Research, Fundraising and Sales teams. 

Lincoln has extensive domestic and international marketing expertise in a variety of sectors, both commercial and not-for-profit. He started his career at Vodafone where he became Head of Retail Marketing for more than 400 stores. He moved on to Booths Supermarkets then Merlin Entertainments as Marketing Director before taking strategic roles at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 

 Joy Kingsbury, Director of Retirement Living

Joy-Kingsbury-200-197.jpgJoy joined MHA in November 2014 and is responsible for the operational and strategic management of MHA's retirement housing, independent living services and domiciliary services.  She started her career as a registered nurse working across Portsmouth and South East Hants Health Authority. She has held senior management positions for a number of health, social care and housing providers and has worked as a Director of Care and Support for three housing and care organisations. 

Joy has graduate and post graduate level qualifications in management, disability studies and marketing.  She has been a Trustee of the older people's housing and support national consortium Erosh (essential role of Sheltered Housing), a member of the Department of Health's Learning Improvement Network developing excellent models for Extra Care Housing and was a member of the National Housing Federation's "Breaking the Mould" working group, looking at housing models for older people.

Anna Marshall-Day, Director of People Development

Anna_Marshall-Day.jpgAnna is responsible for all aspects of HR including payroll, organisational development, and internal communications.

Prior to joining MHA in 1998, Anna worked for local government, with roles in marketing and project management.  Anna holds a BA (Hons) degree in Humanities.  

Rev. Dr Christopher Swift, Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality

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 Rev Dr Christopher Swift will continue work to fulfil MHA’s strategic aims regarding faith in ageing and spirituality in later life. In addition to leading our Chaplaincy service, Chris will also be the functional lead for Volunteering across all MHA services.

Chris is an ordained Church of England Minister and was previously Head of Chaplaincy Services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. During his career, Chris has also been Vicar at St Peter’s Church in Arkley, Barnet, and Chaplain at Barnet and Dewsbury and District Hospitals. He also led on the production of new chaplaincy guidelines for NHS England.

Chris has a PhD in chaplaincy in a modern context and a Master’s Degree in theology. His research has been published in a wide variety of academic journals and textbooks and he has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad on the role of chaplaincy in a care environment.

Mark Terry, Director of Finance 

Mark_terry.jpgMark joined MHA in August 2015. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of the Devonshire Group, where his responsibilities included the charity of Chatsworth House Trust and the property and business portfolios of the Duke of Devonshire.  He is also a non-executive board member of the Crewe-based Wulvern Housing.  Prior to working at Chatsworth, Mark was Head of Finance at BUPA and before that held various finance leadership, commercial and strategic roles across NatWest’s finance and leasing subsidiaries.

Mark has a keen interest in the provision of care and housing for older people.  He brings significant commercial experience and believes in helping people achieve their potential through process improvement and technology.   

Annie Webber, Director of Quality


Annie joined MHA in January 2014 and is responsible for regulatory compliance, service development / improvement, staff member training and development, health and safety and hospitality.

Annie has spent 20 years in the British Armed Forces.  Starting her career in the Royal Army Nursing Corps, she held several senior positions.  Latterly she was responsible for Primary and Community Care. 

Board Members

All Board members – each one a volunteer – bring with them the expertise of their day-to-day profession or background. Together they determine MHA’s strategy and vision for meeting the needs of older people and ensure that the management team and staff deliver the service. MHA has three Boards. Methodist Homes is the parent body, responsible for the overarching strategy, mission and values of MHA as well as all care homes and Live at Home operations.

Methodist Homes Housing Association is a housing subsidiary, responsible for all housing operations.  MHA Auchlochan is a charitable subsidiary, responsible for Auchlochan Retirement Village in Scotland which provides a range of care homes and retirement living properties.

John Robinson (Chair)

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John stepped down from a successful executive career as CEO of the international medical devices business, Smith and Nephew plc in 2000, since then he has contributed to a wide variety of Non-Executive roles including Chair of George Wimpy plc (bringing about the big merger with Taylor Woodrow), Chair of Railtrack plc, Chair of The Abbeyfield Society and Chair of Voyage Limited.

As well as his MHA role, John is currently the Chair of The Abbeyfield Research Foundation, which invests in research into elderly care, and Chair of Hull Minster Development Trust, which has been set up to raise money for a transformation project which will see the 700 year old parish church reordered and the facilities within upgraded, for the benefit of the whole community.  John is also a Trustee of several organisations including Livability and Methodist Independent Schools Trust. John is also a Trustee of several organisations including Livability and Methodist Independent Schools Trust.

A chemical engineer by training, John was a Methodist by upbringing but worships in his Anglican village church.  For John, it is not about denomination but more about Christians coming together to make a difference to their communities.   

Ian Ailles


Ian is currently Director General, House of Commons. He reports to the Speaker of the House of Commons and is a Member of the House of Commons Commission. As part of that role he is the project sponsor of the Renewal and Restoration programme for the Houses of Parliament.   

Ian’s principal career has been within the travel and leisure industry. He has worked for Thomas Cook (twice) and Wyndham. In that time he has held CEO, MD, COO and CFO roles encompassing retailing, online, airline and tour operating.  Most recently he was brought back to Thomas Cook to stabilise the UK division of Thomas Cook.  His travel operational roles have covered all parts of the world except the Americas and, closer to home, he led Wyndham’s acquisition of Hoseasons and James Villas in the UK.  

Ian’s non-executive and consulting roles have included a period with the NHS on the establishment of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the Church of England Commissioners, Chairman of the UK FTO (Federation of Tour Operators) representing all the largest UK travel companies and Treasurer of the Travel Foundation. He has also chaired a Private Equity IT company and worked for a Dubai based global education company.  

Prior to joining the travel industry he was an investment banker in the UK/US and is a qualified chartered accountant.  He is married with two daughters and lives in St Albans. 

Deborah Aplin



Deborah is currently working with Mayfield Market Towns Ltd to promote a major new Market Town to include employment, public services, elderly accommodation and 10,000 homes in Mid Sussex. Alongside this role, Deborah is advising West London Colleges on their £500 million redevelopment of their Hammersmith site. 

Deborah has been a senior executive in the property development industry for the past 30 years, specialising in brown field urban mixed use and mixed tenure schemes. Starting her career in the South West of England, Deborah quickly progressed to the urban challenges of London. The majority of her career was spent with the Berkeley Group. Deborah delivered small, space restricted housing projects in Wandsworth in the early days, progressing to larger and more complex schemes such as Hampton Hill Theatre, Hampton Water works, Charter Quay Kingston, Imperial Wharf Fulham and planning on Kings Cross London. With a company change to Crest Nicholson, Deborah became Managing Director of their Regeneration Division and took that business through management changes leaving it as a thriving business producing over 600 residential units per annum, plus substantial commercial/retail. Additionally, Deborah is an original Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a member of the CITB think tank on training and improving skills in the construction industry, is a member of the Catherin Awards for the Variety Club and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Hilary Cocker


Hilary has extensive experience at Director-level in permanent and interim Executive roles in commercial private sector companies and regulated not-for-profit organisations. She brings considerable experience of business strategy development, leading change and financial and risk management. A qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Methodist Church, she has worked in the affordable and social housing sector for the last 15 years, has her own consultancy business and has held a number of non-Executive roles. Hilary is also a member of the Housing Association Board.

Andrew Cozens CBE


Andrew is a leading national social care and health policy analyst and improvement specialist. He has been working independently since April 2012 and his recent commissions include work for the Local Government Association in England, the Welsh LGA, the Health and Social Care Information Centre and a range of councils, voluntary and private sector organisations. Before that, he was strategic adviser on children's services, adult social care and the NHS for the Improvement & Development Agency for local government and the LGA from 2006-12. He has more than 15 years experience as senior manager in local government, 10 as director of social services for Gloucestershire and Leicester City. He is a former President of the Association of Directors of Social Services. He is currently chair of Carers Trust and is a Board Member of In Control and of the National Development Team for inclusion. Until recently he was a non-executive director of the National Skills Academy for Social Care. He was honoured in 2004 for his contribution to social work.

Bala Gnanapragasam


Bala, is a member of the British Methodist Church in London and served for six years as the first Synod secretary of the newly formed London District in 2004. Bala has around 20 years' professional experience in the international telecommunications sector, much of this at executive level at British Telecom, ECI Telecom, CTell Inc. and Interoute Telecommunications Ltd. Until 2010 he was Chairman of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust, a post which he held for eight years. Bala has served on a number of charitable bodies. These include London Ecumenical Aids Trust, Age Exchange, Applecart, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, and Christian Aid. He served two terms as an elected councillor of the London Borough of Lewisham and represented Lewisham on the Inner London Education Authority.

David Hall


David's career includes a 20 year period as a senior executive in the metal industry, followed by the role of Chief Executive of County Durham Training and Enterprise Council. His experience includes strategic planning and development, finance and HR. David has held a number of voluntary roles including Chair of the Board sub group for Equality and Diversity for his local NHS Trust, and Chair of Darlington Mind which provides care and housing support. He is a former member of the Board of MHA. His latest appointments have taken him back to education as the Chairman of the governing body for an 11-16 academy, Darlington School for Mathematics and Science, from which he recently retired after 5 years service. David is an active member of the Methodist Church.

Vanella Jackson


Vanella is the Global CEO of Hall & Partners. Before this she spent 20 years working as a planner in some of the UK's best advertising agencies, including BBH, AMV and JWT. Hall & Partners specialises in brand and communications research and has built a reputation for pioneering new thinking to inspire the industry. Vanella's role is to provide inspiration, energy and direction for the company and teams, to help them develop strong client relationships and attract valuable new clients. Her highlights whilst at Hall & Partners have been to help the company grow successfully (doubling in revenue and trebling in profit in the first four years), becoming the first research company to win a place in The Sunday Times (Top 100 Best Companies to Work For) and Marketing Magazine's (Research Agency of the Year.) Vanella has also won a UK Woman of the Year award. Before joining Hall & Partners, Vanella travelled around the world visiting 36 countries to interview the world's oldest people. The journey is captured in a book called 'The Book of Life.' Vanella has been happily married for twenty five years, with two teenage girls.

Norman Mann


Before retiring, Norman's business experience was latterly with Cadbury Schweppes plc where he was involved in business planning, finance, and systems. He is currently involved in education matters as a lay member of QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority), he sits on the Audit Committee, is Church Treasurer (LEP) and a member of Church Council. He is the Chair of the Methodist Church Audit Committee and observer at Methodist Council. Norman is also Chair of the Housing Association Board.  

James Reilly


James has recently retired after five years as Chief Executive of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Prior to that he served for 27 years in London local government in Brent, Hackney and Hammersmith & Fulham where he held executive positions responsible for social services, housing, community safety and regeneration. He is an active associate of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services having served on its executive and chairing the London Region for five years. In these roles he has exercised a range of board responsibilities.

Prior to this James worked through his Church in education and community development in the Philippines and Zimbabwe where he grew up. James Chairs the Integrated Care Council, a network of commissioners and providers delivering home care services and he is a trustee of the charity Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. He has served on a number of national and London commissions tasked with recommending improvements to services, their governance and that of the professionals working in them. James is married with two children and lives in South East London.

Vijay Thakrar


A Chartered Accountant, Vijay spent 33 years in professional practice, initially as an Auditor before specialising in Tax and Corporate Finance. He was a Partner with Deloitte until July 2016 where he worked with a range of commercial businesses as well as not for profit organisations. His responsibilities included Deloitte's UK practice for fast growth quoted companies as well as Deloitte's mid-market business in the Midlands. Vijay left Deloitte to take up a combination of Non-Executive Director, Board Advisor and Charity roles.

The organisations that he now works with include MHA, British Retail Consortium, Fairview New Homes, MK Dons Sports & Education Trust, Monde Nissin (in Asia and Australia), Quorn Foods and The Quoted Companies Alliance. He has particular experience of Audit and Remuneration Committees. Vijay is married with three daughters. He is Hindu by background and chairs an Advisory Board for a Leicester Temple that runs a day care centre for the elderly, to help provide governance as well as support on fund-raising and community engagement.

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