The Board

Board Members


Professor Peter Roberts is Chair of the Housing Executive.

Professor Peter Roberts was appointed to the Board of the Housing Executive in 2012. He is also Co-Chair of the NHS Confederation Sustainable Development Group, an Honorary Professor at Queen’s University Belfast and a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.

Professor Roberts has a vast array of housing and regeneration experience. His research and professional interests cover a range of topics, including strategic planning, regeneration, housing and community development. In recent years he has served on a number of public bodies, including the Academy for Sustainable Communities (Chair) and the Homes and Communities Agency (a non-executive director).


John McMullan is Vice Chair of the Housing Executive

John was appointed Vice Chair of the Housing Executive Board on 1 April 2019.  
John holds a BA(Hon) Degree in Business Studies & a MBA from Ulster University. After 33 years John has retired as CEO of Bryson Group, one of the UK’s largest Social Enterprises.

John currently Chairs Social Enterprise NI; holds board positions on a range of Social Enterprises including Drumlin Wind Co-op; WorkWest community enterprise agency and a community based Credit Union.

John served as the NI representative on the UK Landfill Tax Credit Forum to advise HM Revenue & Customs; as Chair of the Visiting Committee for Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and the NI Association of Members of Boards of (prison) Visitors; as a member of DFP’s Social Enterprise Working Group and was a member of the ministerial (DSD) Taskforce on resourcing the Voluntary and Community Sector and the Minister’s Fuel Poverty Taskforce; was appointed by the Minister at the Department for Social Development as 1st Chair of the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Advisory Group until 2009 and by the Minister of State at the Department of Public Enterprise (Republic of Ireland), as a founding Board Member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (Sustainable Energy Ireland); was a Board member of Belfast Healthy Cities; Belfast Hills Partnership; Chaired the Visiting Professor’s Panel on Sustainability at the University of Ulster; Chaired the DoE’s Climate NI, climate change impact partnership; Chaired CO3, membership body for 3rd Sector leaders.

John is a Life Fellow of RSA, was NI & UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2011; was made a Distinguished Graduate of Ulster University; was awarded IoDNI 2012 & IoDUK 2013 Public & 3rd Sector Director of the Year. John was awarded a MBE in 1998 & an OBE in 2011. In 2015 was made a companion of the Chartered Management Institute. In 2017 was elected one of the first national Social Enterprise UK Fellows.


Jim McCall was Managing Director with Four Seasons Health Care Ireland and from May 2008 to 2015. He was also Chief Executive Officer with Ulster Supported Employment 2015-2016.

Jim has worked in Health and Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland for more than 40 years. He trained and qualified as a Social Worker and held a number of senior professional positions including Director of Social Services with a Health and Social Care Trust.

He has been employed in a number of Senior Management positions at Executive Director and Board Level including Chief Executive for 6 years of the largest integrated Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Jim has extensive experience of working in challenging roles including managing Health and Community Social Services through significant reform, modernization and transformation programmes.

He has proven leadership credentials and a record of achievement.  He brings to the role of Non-Executive Director with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive experience of the Northern Ireland and UK Health and Social Care economy with vision, commitment and endurance.

He has studied at Queens University Belfast, University of Ulster, Brunel Institute and completed programmes at the Harvard Business School and European Business School (Insead) at Fontainebleau.


Mr Millar lives in Comber. He has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. He holds one other public appointment as Chairman of the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust.



The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has appointed Mr Chris Welch as a temporary Board Member of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. 

The appointment will take effect from 1 August 2019 for up to a period of six months, and temporarily fills the vacant tenth position on the Board.  

Mr Welch has been a senior manager in six social housing providers, including Acclaim Housing Group, through which he has experience of contributing to planning and implementing strategy and operational responses.  

He also has experience of leading strategic reviews, streamlining processes and implementing improved management systems.  He is a Trustee of Inspire North and a former Trustee of York CVS.

Mr Welch holds no other public appointments and has had no political activity during the last five years.


Derek Wilson has a thirty seven year career in banking with experience in personal, commercial and business lending.

He has specialised in mortgage lending and is currently head of mortgage strategy and distribution for a major bank in Northern Ireland.  He is chairman of the UK Finance Mortgage Policy Committee for Northern Ireland.

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