As one of the very few not-for-profit care providers, we have no shareholders. Therefore, we have the privilege to reinvest any surplus back into the services we provide to ensure our care and support is among the very best in the UK.

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Our structure

At Methodist Homes (MHA), we have three Boards. "Methodist Homes (MHA)" is the parent body responsible for the overarching strategy, mission and values of MHA as well as all care homes and MHA Communities operations.

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

MHA is run by a team of executive directors and governed by non-executive trustees. See a full list of our management and governance team below:

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 our strategy and vision for meeting the needs of older people and ensure that the management team and staff deliver high-quality services.

James Reilly, Chair 


James retired in 2016 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. Prior to this James worked through his Church in education and community development in the Philippines and Zimbabwe where he grew up.

James is a Non-Executive Director of Derbyshire Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He is an associate of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services having served on its executive and chaired the London Region for five years. For four years, James was the independent Chair of the Adult Safeguarding Partnership Boards of Camden and Islington Borough Councils. He Chairs the Trustee Safeguarding Committee of the Jesuits in Britain (a Catholic Religious Order). 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. He has served as a Trustee on a number of charity boards. In these roles, he has exercised a range of board responsibilities.

James is married with two adult children and lives in London.

Andrew Cozens CBE, Trustee 

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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, Trustee 


Bala, is a member of the British Methodist Church in London and vice president of the Methodist Conference.

Bala has over 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.

Cath Biddle, Trustee 

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Cath is Head of Digital for the mental health charity Mind. Previous to that role she has worked in both the commercial sector (most recently as Head of Digital for McDonald’s UK and Ireland) and charity sector (for Oxfam GB). While working at McDonald’s, she supported the Ronald McDonald House charity (who provide free accommodation and support for families close to hospitals where their children are being treated) in increasing their fundraising from digital channels as cash payments declined.

In her early career, Cath undertook a PhD and worked as a psychologist, but, frustrated by the academic setting, she decided to shift to the commercial sector, specialising in e-commerce where she utilised her research and analytical skills. She has now worked to deliver frictionless digital experiences for over 20 years.

Cath’s father is living with dementia, so she has first-hand experience of supporting someone with confusion and memory loss.

Cath is determined to utilise her digital skills for good. She believes there is a great misconception around the digital abilities of older people; many of whom use tablets or PCs daily for news, fact-finding, booking holidays and keeping in touch. She also sees great opportunity to broaden the accessibility of digital services through, for example, the use of digital assistants such as Siri and Alexa who can help with shopping lists and reminders such as taking medication or remembering appointments and can allow carers, relatives and friends to virtually 'drop in'.

She is excited about new technologies such as connected fridges (which can order replacement items as it detects they are getting low) or smart meters (which can alert a carer if the kettle doesn't go on at the usual time) which are examples of a range of further opportunities to use digital technology to support older people wishing to remain living independently.

Denise Sanderson, Trustee 

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Denise is a senior HR professional who has worked in a range of HR roles for over 25 years, mostly in the not-for-profit/charity sector in recent years. Her most recent role was Head of People for the Open Data Institute, prior to which she has worked for the Royal College of Physicians, the British Lung Foundation. Denise is a Fellow of the CIPD, has managed several consultancy projects and has spoken at various conferences.

As well as her work in HR, Denise is a trained colour and image consultant and Body Confidence Coach!

Denise is a mum of one, a football fan and loves dining out. She is active in her local Church as an All-Age service leader and member of the Worship Team.

Denise was a Trustee of Langley House Trust for nine years, during which time she sat on both the Audit and People Committees. She currently also sits on the Board of CAYSH and is a Lay Tribunal Member for her HM Courts and Tribunal Service.

Hilary Cocker, Trustee 


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 by background, 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.

Ian Ailles, Trustee 


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. 

Janet Haugh, Trustee 

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Janet started her career in the NHS before spending 14 years in local government. She joined a newly registered charitable leisure trust in 2007, where she helped lead the organisation as it doubled its income over a five year period.

She has spent the last seven years with Mary’s Meals, where she is CEO of the international charity delivering meals to over 1.4 million children every day at school, across 18 countries.

Janet has gained considerable experience leading high growth organisations, including organisational change, strategic development, and communications, corporate restructures and governance. As a qualified accountant, she also has experience in business and financial planning, managing major capital investment programmes and driving efficiency through the effective use of resources.

As a girl, an officer and a captain, Janet was a member of The Girls’ Brigade for almost 40 years before she ‘retired’ in 2015.

Janet and her husband live in Scotland with their daughter and two sons, who are all at University.

Keith Hickey, Trustee 

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Prior to retirement, Keith spent 18 years with British Gas, leaving them as Director of Finance and Planning in the Power Generation Business Unit. He then spent 18 years in the Charity Sector where his roles included Group Director, Resources of RNIB, and Finance Director of Help the Aged and Chief Executive of the Charity Finance Group.

Keith has served on a number of committees in the Charity Sector, including being a member of the Charity SORP committee for 11 years and the ICAEW Charities Technical Committee for 10 years. He has contributed to a number of publications on Charity pensions and investments and edited a book on the Role of the Charity Finance Director.

Keith is married with two daughters; he is a Methodist and currently Treasurer at his local church. He was a Trustee of Livability between 2008 and 2019 and their Treasurer between 2015 and 2019.

Lisa Commane, Trustee 

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Lisa is a senior public service leader with expertise leading corporate and multidisciplinary teams to make a positive difference for the public.

Since 2017 Lisa has been at Ofwat - as chief operating officer, leading a diverse business improvement programme and as an SLT member devising a new strategy for Ofwat.

Prior to that Lisa gained 11 years of senior experience in a range of roles at Coventry City Council including Director of Customer Services and Transformation with responsibility for IT/digital, HR, procurement, communications and major projects finance.

Lisa is a CIPFA accountant and has volunteered as a CIPFA in the Midlands Regional Council member since she qualified in 2003 and is a Past President. In 2019 she will complete a 2 year term on CIPFA National Council and has served as a non-executive Director of SOLACE in Business.

Martin Burkitt, Trustee 


Martin is currently working as a consultant with a number of corporate occupiers, providing strategic asset management and operational advice on their property portfolios. 

He is a Chartered Surveyor with 40 years of experience in all areas of real estate and has worked exclusively in the last 20 years with occupiers in the private and public sectors. He has worked with clients including Addison Lee, Cable & Wireless, Cobham, ITV, Logica, Remploy, TNS and WPP.

Having built up Fulcrum Corporate, the specialist Corporate Real Estate Adviser, he sold the company to Johnson Controls, at the time a global real estate and facilities management company, becoming VP Real Estate for EMEA. He recently stood down as Executive Chairman of Trilogie Corporate Real Estate.

Martin is an active member of CORENET and Federation of Corporate Real Estate. He is married with three children and divides his time between working in London during the week and living in Norfolk.

Rev Ruth Gee, Trustee 

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Ruth is a Methodist Minister and is currently serving as the Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain prior to this she lived in the north east and was the Chair of the Darlington District of the Methodist Church. Ruth has also been a circuit minister in Bradford and Halifax.

From 2013-2014 Ruth was the President of the Methodist Conference and she was the Chair of the Methodist Council from 2015-2018.

She has always been a committed ecumenist believing that we are enriched by our relationship with others and has served as the Moderator of the Forum of Churches Together in England.

Before her call to ordained ministry Ruth taught religious studies in secondary schools in Oxfordshire and Dorset.

Executive Directors

Sam Monaghan, Chief Executive 

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Sam joined MHA as CEO in February 2018. He has extensive experience as a corporate director and senior operational and strategic manager within the Third and Public Sectors, in a career of more than 30 years in social care. Originally a graphic designer, Sam qualified as a social worker in 1988, working for 15 years in local authority social services, prior to joining Action for Children in 2003. In 2006, he moved to Barnardo’s as their Midlands Director and became Corporate Director of Children’s Services in 2013.

Outside work it’s all about family, the dog, the arts and cycling.  Sam is a member of his local Methodist Church, involved in worship and youth leadership, as well as worship for people with dementia and learning disabilities.

Dan Ryan, Director of Operations 

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Dan Ryan joined MHA’s Executive Leadership Team in April 2019 as Director of Operations bringing together the management of our care homes, retirement living and community based Live at Home schemes into one directorate.

Dan’s career began with the Civil Service where he worked at HM Treasury and the Department of Health. Since 2007 he has worked in the provision of health and social care, primarily in the independent sector. He was drawn to MHA because of its charitable status. Dan wanted to work somewhere with a different approach to the private sector, with a much longer term strategy and the emphasis on the end users of the service rather than a more direct focus on profits for the benefit of shareholders.

Dan has recently been appointed as a Trustee for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust in addition to his work for MHA. 

Victoria Parkinson, Director of Finance 

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Victoria joined MHA in 2014 to develop the commercial finance function within MHA to provide business support and improve our budgeting and forecasting capabilities. After taking on the Head of Finance role in December 2017, in November 2019 she became Director of Finance, responsible for all aspects of Finance including budgeting and forecasting, statutory accounts and external reporting, operational finance and the financial strategy of the organisation.

Victoria started her accountancy career training as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. After qualifying, Victoria worked in commercial roles across a variety of well-known retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Argos, Homebase and Wilko’s. Victoria was drawn to MHA because of its charitable status; the opportunity to make a difference within MHA which ultimately enables our residents and scheme users to live later life well.

Andrew White, Director of Property 

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Andrew joined MHA in 2016 as Head of Development. In January 2019, he became Director of Property, joining the Executive Leadership Team and has responsibility for Estates, Development, Sales, Health & Safety and Procurement.

Andrew is a qualified Quantity Surveyor (QS), a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has spent his working life in the property industry. Initially as a contractors QS based in London before moving into the Housing Association Sector where ultimately he worked for Sanctuary Housing Group in various Director roles before joining MHA.

Anna Marshall-Day, Director of People & Corporate Services 

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Anna is responsible for all aspects of our people services including HR, payroll, people development and internal communications, as well as fundraising and marketing. 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 Psychology, Sociology and English.

Anna is also a foster carer providing respite care for children with disabilities.

Rev. Dr Christopher Swift, Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality 

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Chris joined MHA in 2017 and is responsible for the organisation’s commitment to excellence in Chaplaincy & Spirituality. Prior to joining MHA Chris was a senior manager in the NHS, most recently leading the provision of spiritual care in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is Visiting Professor in Religious, Spiritual and Pastoral Care at Staffordshire University and has contributed widely to the professional development of chaplaincy in health and social care.

Chris is an ordained minister, and regularly leads worship at churches where he lives in York.

Mandy Mottram, General Counsel/Company Secretary 

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Mandy Mottram joined MHA’s Leadership Team on 8 May 2018 as Company Secretary/General Counsel responsible for MHA’s legal matters (reporting to the Chief Executive) and governance (reporting to the Chair). Mandy is a qualified solicitor and barrister with significant commercial, property and legal experience at a senior level as both Company Secretary and Director. She joined us from The Co-operative Group and has previously worked at Eversheds, Trinity (Estates) Property Management and EMIS, who develop software for primary care and community care.

In addition to her work commitments, Mandy has recently been appointed as a Trustee of Pathfinder Schools Academy Trust, which consists of eight Primary and one Secondary School as well as a community sports and fitness centre.

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