Martin Townsend, Chair

Martin joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and has been Chair since 2016.

Martin has worked in retail banks, building societies and financial services throughout his career, most recently focusing on policy, compliance and risk management.  He also has experience of product development, marketing and project management.

Martin is currently an Independent Member on the Group Audit Committee of Aspire Housing, and the Audit Committee of Calderdale Council.

Martin’s previous experience includes being a Board Member of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Yorkshire & North East); an Independent Member on the Finance & Audit Committee of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; an Independent Member on the Audit & Risk Committee of Guinness Northern Counties Housing Association; and a secondment as a Policy Adviser at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister working on the Housing Market Renewal Programme.