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Meet the Board

1625 Independent People Board Members

Nick-Hooper-2019-edit.pngChair of the Board: Nick Hooper

One of Nick’s abiding passions is to end homelessness amongst young people and make sure everyone has a good place to call home.

Nick spent most of his career in local government and has worked in the voluntary and private sectors. In the nearly 30 years spent with Bristol City Council (the last 12 as Director of Housing Solutions) he developed expertise in development, homelessness, private housing renewal, commissioning, strategy & policy work and organisational change.

He has extensive experience of working across organisations and delivering with partners, as well as system change and leadership. He is involved, as a trustee or non-executive director, in a number of other not-for-profit organisations concerned with mental health, street homelessness, community-led housing and older people.


Treasurer: Claire Roebuck-Sacks

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Melanie Anson: HR & Organisational Development

Melanie is a HR and Organisational Development Consultant with many years of experience working within the social housing sector. Latterly she was responsible for the corporate function at the ALMO, Homes in Sedgemoor.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an MBTI practitioner, she works with a variety of organisations to support them to be the best they can be through developing their people.



Claire Burston: Finance

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Craig Wilson: Governance

Craig is currently MD of OC Robotics – a high tech Bristol based engineering company.  
Previously Craig was CEO of Bristol Care & Repair leading the transition of this significant regional charity into West of England Care & Repair. Significant growth was delivered by winning local authority and commercial contracts. In 2012 the entire service was retendered which, after over a year of work, the team won.  
Craig is currently the Chair of the Foundations Advisory Board, the national body for Care & Repairs, and also a trustee of WE Care & Repair.
After graduating with a degree in chemistry Craig trained with Ernst and Young, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1992. Craig worked in the Corporate Advisory team providing business process advice and transaction work. 
He has commercial experience in retail, distribution and manufacturing. Roles include, Financial Controller, group Financial Director and for eight years Managing Director.

Rose Bean: Development

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Phil Bowley: Architecture & regeneration

Phil graduated for from the University of Central England with a Masters degree in Architecture and he is a member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). Phil joined GreenSquare, a housing group, in 2002 as an architect in the Design Team. He later went on to become the Asset Manager before he took on his current role as the Head of Regeneration.

The key driver of the Phil’s Regeneration role involves bringing together the ‘Hard’ (physical elements of regeneration), the ‘Soft’ (social and cultural elements of regeneration) and the economic elements to create places where people really want to, and are able to, live.

In early 2013 Phil was co opted onto the Board of Gloucestershire Land for People (GLP) an umbrella body that develops and supports Community Land Trusts (CLT’s).

Phil is responsible for the development and implementation of GreenSquare’s internal Training and Local Labour Initiative (4ward2work) and dovetailing this in with the Government Work Programme.


Ellen Grace: Co-optee

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Jane Keenan: Fundraising

Jane is a fundraising professional, and has worked for charities supporting young people and in the higher education sector for the past 17 years. Her experience is in developing philanthropic partnerships with individuals, charitable trusts and companies to further the work of the organisation she represents. Jane joined the Board of 1625 Independent People in 2015 to support the development of a new fundraising strategy.
When not working, Jane spends much of her time with her young family and keeping active by getting out on her bike and playing netball.



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