The Board

Yarlington Housing Group reports to its own Board. The Board consists of 9 members (one of whom is a co-optee to the Board). Their aim is to provide a total commitment to affordable housing.

The role of the Board at Yarlington is to provide strategic advice and direction to the Management Team and ensure that the Company meets corporate governance laws and the standards of practice for Registered Providers.


Lindy Morgan

Chair of the Board

MSc Housing & Dip

Housing & TPP,BSc Hons

Member of the Remuneration Committee

Chair of the Customer Services Committee

Previously Director of The Sovereign Development Consortium with extensive knowledge of housing issues in the region and nationally.

Lindy’s housing  knowledge and experience has been gained via a range of activities and employment including tenant and community involvement, local authority strategy and housing association development.

Key skills include strategic thinking, good leadership and motivational qualities and partnership working, which she delivers using effective communication and management skills. Lindy is also Chair of Westworks Procurement Ltd.

Appointment to the Board: August 2009 



 Yarlington Housing Group Board Member

John Coutts

Diploma in Housing Management

Yarlington Board Member

Chair of Inspired to Achieve (i2a)

Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Member of Customer Services Committee

Self-employed as a business consultant.

Over 20 years experience in managing social housing at a senior level nationally, leading on numerous projects including community empowerment, regeneration, tenant involvement and structure of tenant associations.

John possess special knowledge and experience in Social Housing, financial and business management, corporate governance, the development and delivery of business strategy, media & public relations, and equal opportunities and diversity.

Appointment to the Board:  November 2008


Yarlington Housing Group Board MemberRay Thompson

Yarlington Board Member

Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Member of the Remuneration Committee

A self employed consultant working in the financial services industry, with expertise in finance and risk and in particular possessing significant experience in the mortgage lending industry having held two executive main board appointments.  

Appointment to the Board:   December 2010

Appointment to the Board:   July 2010 (Co-optee)


Wayne Morris

Yarlington Board Member and Vice-Chair of the Board

Chair of the Yarlington Homes Board

An experienced housing professional with nearly 25 years working at Chief Executive level within major housing associations in the south west, notably Spectrum Housing Group (2007-13). Wayne holds a number of non-executive directorships in the housing sector including Yarlington Housing Group, Yarlington Homes Ltd which he chairs and Asra Housing Group (London) where he is chair of the Governance and Remuneration Committee. Wayne is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Appointment to the Board:  April 2015


Michael Stancombe

Yarlington Board Member

Member of Yarlington Homes Ltd Board

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Michael is a retired highly experienced leading real estate lawyer; having worked as a Partner of Hogan Lovells International LLP for over 30 years. Michael specialised in development, financing and investment.  Michael is Vice-Chair of the Sentinel Housing Group.

Appointment to Board: November 2015



Joanna Makinson

Yarlington Board Member

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Joanna was recently appointed as the Finance and Commercial Director at Bristol Community Health. Joanna was also the Finance Director and Company Secretary at United Communities and prior to that was the Audit Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Joanna has a wealth of financial experience and received a 1st Class Degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.

 Appointment to Board: November 2015


Gary Orr - Chief Executive

Member of Yarlington Board


Gary has been Group Chief Executive at Yarlington since 2011. He was formally CEO of the ALMO Homes in Sedgemoor and prior to that held a number of senior executive positions within regional and national housing organisations. His career began in 1996 as a housing trainee at Clanmil Housing Association in Northern Ireland where he is now a non-executive Board Member.

Gary is a member of; The National Housing Federations Regional Committee (Vice Chair), The Chartered Institute of Housing, The HAILO group (representing the 11 largest housing associations operating in the south west of England), Housing Partnership UK (a group representing UK housing interests which networks with international housing organisations).

Appointment to the Board: July 2013


Caroline Moore - Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Member of Yarlington Board

Caroline Moore is Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Yarlington Housing Group, where she is responsible for Finance, HR, IT and Business Assurance. She is a Board member of both Yarlington Housing Group and also Yarlington Homes Ltd, which develops homes for outright sale. She is Yarlington’s representative on the Board of Advantage South West (the South West procurement consortium) and is also a Trustee of the Somerset Local Government Pension Scheme. Caroline joined Yarlington from PricewaterhouseCoopers where she specialised in providing consultancy and audit services to the housing sector in the South West and nationally. Caroline also worked for the Housing Corporation in London, regulating the financial aspects of housing associations.

Appointment to the Board: April 2015 

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