Our Board

All Board members listed below act on the Boards of Knightstone Housing Group Limited and Knightstone Housing Association Limited, unless stated otherwise.

Group Chair, Nick Medhurst

Nick has a wealth of experience in housing management and business development. He's specialised in housing management since 1987, with a focus on large scale portfolios in both social and private rented sectors.

Nick was a founding Director of a major private rented joint venture with Nationwide Building Society. More recently, he was Chair of Orchard and Shipman plc, delivering social housing management contracts for homeless families on behalf of local authorities in London and Scotland. He is also a qualified counsellor.

Nick was appointed to the Boards of Knightstone Housing Group Limited and Knightstone Housing Association Limited on 1 January 2013.

Nick is a member of Finance and Scrutiny Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

 

Group Vice Chair, Barrie Dale 

Barrie is a retired local authority Chief Housing Officer and Assistant Chief Executive. He has extensive boardroom experience, having previously served as Chair of the Somerset Care Group for many years, and also as a member of the former Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust. Barrie has previously been a lecturer in housing and social policy for Bridgwater College and the former South West Regional Assembly.

Barrie was appointed to the Board of Knightstone Housing Group Limited in September 2011 and Knightstone Housing Association Limited in September 2009.

Barrie is chair of the Finance and Scrutiny Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and Audit and Assurance Committee. 

 

Judith Clark

Judith has had a successful career in business change and programme management. She runs her own business, as well as working in senior roles across private and public sectors, most recently as the Transformation Director at Sovereign Housing Association.

Judith is passionate about the service delivered by housing associations and is looking forward to supporting Knightstone in delivering its goals to local residents and communities.

Judith was appointed to the Boards of Knightstone Housing Group Limited and Knightstone Housing Association Limited in September 2014.

Judith is a member of the Audit and Assurance Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

 

Nick Horne

Nick is Chief Executive of Knightstone Housing Association. He joined Knightstone in February 1996 as Finance Director and was appointed Chief Executive in September 1998.

Nick is a member of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure & Place Group and a Committee Member of the Social Housing Pension Scheme.

Prior to 1996 Nick had successful private sector careers in property development, house building and construction with Norwest Holst and in the accounting profession with EY.

Nick was appointed to the Board of Knightstone Housing Group Limited in April 2009 and Knightstone Housing Association Limited in July 2009.

 

Linda Nash

Linda's had leadership roles on main boards of complex organisations, from small and medium enterprises to large multi-million pound concerns, since 1995.

Linda was Chairman of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2004-2013) and before this was on the Board of Musgrove Park Hospital. She understands the challenges to offer high quality services with increasing limited resources, and is keen to see partnership working through health, housing and social care. Linda was also a member of the Supervisory Board EIGA (European Institute for Governance Awards).

Linda is a founding director of Nash Bevan Associates Ltd, a trustee on the Board of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chairman of a national advisory panel for NHS Governors and a charitable music trust, and is also a performance/executive coach.

Linda was appointed to the Boards of Knightstone Housing Group Limited and Knightstone Housing Association Limited in September 2014.

Linda is Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Finance and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Tony MacGregor

Tony is an accomplished Finance Director with executive experience in international reinsurance and UK social housing.

He has non-executive experience in social housing and as a charity trustee. His last executive role was as Group Finance Director of DCH, a social housing provider in Devon and Cornwall.

Tony was appointed to the Boards of Knightstone Housing Group Limited and Knightstone Housing Association Limited in November 2015.

Tony is a member of the Finance and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Antony Durbacz

Antony is a chartered accountant with 25 years’ commercial experience as a Finance Director with major international companies.

He’s held executive leadership roles in blue chip companies in both the UK and Europe.

He has experience of all aspects of business management including financial control, business development, strategic planning and corporate governance.

Antony was appointed to the Boards of Knightstone Housing Group Limited and Knightstone Housing Association Limited in November 2015.

Antony is a member of the Audit and Assurance Committee.

 

Tom Vaughan

Tom is an experienced board director, who has lived locally in North Somerset for over 20 years. 

Most of his career was spent in leadership roles at Unilever & BP, but more recently he was marketing & strategy director for six years at Affinity Sutton - a large, national housing association. 

He currently has a number of non-executive posts - including at Fairtrade, the NUS & Freedom Food (RSPCA). He is also a volunteer and director at Clevedon Pier.

Tom was appointed to the Boards of Knightstone Housing Group Limited and Knightstone Housing Association Limited in May 2016.