The Board

 Yarlington Housing Group reports to its own Board. The Board consists of nine members, one of whom is a co-optee. 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 Yarlington 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 and Chair of Westworks Procurement Ltd.


Lindy was previously Director of The Sovereign Development Consortium and has extensive knowledge of housing issues in the region and nationally 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, motivational qualities and partnership working, which she delivers using effective communication and management skills.

Appointed to the Board in August 2009 


Wayne Morris

Yarlington Board member, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Yarlington Homes Board.

Wayne is 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 and Asra Housing Group (London) where he is chair of the Governance and Remuneration Committee. Wayne is also a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Appointed to the Board in April 2015


John Coutts

Yarlington Board member and Chair of Inspired to Achieve.

Diploma in Housing Management, member of Audit and Risk Committee, member of Customer Services Committee and a self-employed business consultant.

John has 20 years experience in managing social housing at a senior level nationally, leading on numerous projects including community empowerment and regeneration.

John also possesses specialist knowledge and experience in business analysis across a range of industry sectors including housing, automotive, pharmaceutical and business services. John is a partner in a Fashion and Retail Consultancy, with a key focus on leadership and the development and delivery of business strategy. 

Appointed to the Board in November 2008


Yarlington Housing Group Board Member

Ray Thompson

Yarlington Board member, Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.

Ray is a self-employed consultant working in the financial services industry, with expertise in finance and risk with significant experience in the mortgage lending industry having held two executive main board appointments.  

Appointment to the Board in July 2010



Michael Stancombe

Yarlington Board member, member of Yarlington Homes Ltd Board and member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Michael is a retired, highly experienced real estate lawyer who worked as a Partner of Hogan Lovells International LLP for over 30 years. Michael specialised in development, financing and investment. Michael is also Vice-Chair of Vivid Homes (previously Sentinel Housing Group).

Appointed to the Board in November 2015


Joanna Makinson

Yarlington Board member and member of the Audit and Risk Committee. First class degree in Land Economy from University of Cambridge.

Jo is 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 Pricewaterhouse Coopers.


Richard Nicol

Yarlington Board Member

Richard is a qualified surveyor and has worked in the housing industry for over 30 years with the last 16 spent at Summerfield developments in Taunton, where he specialises in marketing and sales. During Richard's work in development he has carried out extensive market research which has steered scheme design, advised on the products that should be built and managed the marketing of new properties. With his previous experience, Richard has a sound knowledge of the south west housing market.

Gary Orr

Yarlington Housing Group CEO and Board member.

Gary has been Group Chief Executive 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.

Appointed to the Board in 2013 


Caroline Moore

Yarlington Board member and Yarlington Homes Board member.

Caroline joined Yarlington from Pricewaterhouse Coopers where she specialised in providing consultancy and audit services to the housing sector in the south west and nationally. Caroline is also a Board member of Yarlington Homes Ltd, a non-commercial director on the board of Yeovil District Hospital, and chair of their audit committee. 

Appointed to the Board in April 2015


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