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 and Chair of the Housing Executive’s Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee and a Members of the Tenant & Customer Services Committee.

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 and the Bank of England’s N Ireland Citizen’s Panel; holds board positions on a range of Social Enterprises including Drumlin Wind Co-op; WorkWest community enterprise agency, Advisory Group Member British Council 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 E- -Enterprise UK Fellows.

Alderman Allan Bresland represents Derry & Strabane District Council.  

He served in the Northern Ireland Assembly as a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Member for West Tyrone from 2007-2011.

He was educated at Ballylaw Primary School, is a retired lorry driver with the Water Service and was first elected to Strabane District Council in 1993, representing the Glenelly area.  He is a member of various bodies including the Drainage Council of Northern Ireland and is current chair of the Western Group Environmental Health Committee.  

He is also Chair of North West Passage, which promotes tourism in the area and is a member of the District Policing Partnership in Strabane.  He is a Member of the Housing Executive’s Asset Management & Maintenance Committee.

Alderman Bresland lives in Sion Mills and is married with four children and four grandchildren.  He is a member of the select vestry of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Sion Mills, an active member of the Orange Order and a founder-member of North Tyrone Credit Union.   

Councillor Catherine Elattar has been a local Councillor since 2011 when she was elected to Magherafelt District Council.  She held the position of Chair in 2013 and Vice-Chair in 2012, and was also the Council’s representative on the Housing Council.

Councillor Elattar was elected to the new Mid Ulster District Council in May 2014 and is a Member of the Housing Executive’s Asset Management & Maintenance Committee.

She has a keen interest in community development and engagement.  Previously employed in Community Education, Councillor Elattar is now a midwife, working for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Alderman Amanda Grehan has been a Local Councillor for the Alliance party for five years and was Deputy Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in 2018-19. She was also Chair of its Governance and Audit Committee during 2017-18, where she has gained relevant governance and risk management experience.  

In addition, she was also Vice-Chair of the Corporate Services Committee during 2016-17.   She is a Member of the Housing Executive’s Tenant & Customer Services Committee and the Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee.

Alderman Grehan has also been the Manager of her local MLA’s Constituency Office for 12 years, and brings communication skills and resource management experience to the Board. She holds no other public appointments.  


Pauline Leeson CBE is Chief Executive of Children in Northern Ireland.

She trained and qualified as a Social Worker and has worked in children’s services in Wales and Northern Ireland.  She is a Non - Executive Director in Southern Health and Social Care Trust and an Independent Member in Lisburn and Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership.  

She is a Member of the Housing Executive’s Asset Management & Maintenance Committee and the Resources & Performance Committee.



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.

Jim is the Chair of the Housing Executive’s Tenant & Customer Services Committee and a member of the Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee.

Councillor Mickey Ruane lives in Warrenpoint and was first elected in 2001 to Newry & Mourne District Council and held the position of Mayor in 2013.  He also served two terms on the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority in this time.

Councillor Ruane was elected to the new Newry Mourne & Down District Council in 2014 and served as Chair of Council in 2016.  He has also served as the Sinn Fein group leader on the council for a number of years and is a Board Member on East Border Region. 

He is a Member of the Housing Executive’s Resources & Performance Committee.


Mr Wilson was first appointed to the Board of NIHE in June 2015 and in June 2020 was re-appointed for a further five years. 

He served on the Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee until December 2020 when he moved to become the inaugural chair of the Resources & Performance Committee.

He is a former banker with experience spanning almost four decades, latterly running mortgage businesses in NI, GB and RI. 

For ten years he was the chair of the NI mortgage committee of UK Finance, formerly the Council of Mortgage Lenders and also spent time as a part-time lecturer for the Institute of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast.

Mr Wilson was appointed to the Parades Commission for NI in January 2021 and also serves on the Governing Body of the South Eastern Regional College, to which he was appointed in November 2020.  He has served on the board of Co-ownership since 2019 and is a lay member of the Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI. 

He is a Member of the NI Forum for a better housing market, a Member of the Centre for Collaboration on Housing Evidence and a Non-Executive Chair to the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.

Mr Wilson has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.


Chris Welch has over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, specialising in asset management and construction related services with a range of local authority and housing association providers.

He has worked extensively at head of service level and has held director level posts with Acclaim Group and Waterloo Housing through which he has experience of contributing to planning and implementation of strategy and operational responses.

Chris has experience of leading strategic reviews, streamlining processes and implementing improved management systems.

He is currently employed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, is a former Trustee of Inspire North and a former Trustee of York CVS.

He is the Chair of the Housing Executive’s Asset Management & Maintenance Committee.

You can download the Board and Independent Committee Appointments and Terms of Office (as at 1 November 2020). Clicking on this link opens a new window.

Board and Independent Committee Appointments Terms of Office (PDF 227 KB)

Independent Committee Members
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