The organisation is governed by a non-remunerated Board whose members are drawn from the local community and who between them have a diverse range of experience in areas such housing, law, human resources and equalities and human rights.
Rihard Cresswell - Chair of Trustees
Richard has been a trustee of Homemaker Southwest since October 2003 and became the Chair of the Board in January 2007. He has successfully contributed his leadership and people management skills to our charity.
Previously he has been a Member of the North East Regional Assembly and its Executive, a Trustee of Sustainability South West, and Chair of Future Foundations (sustainable construction), Climate UK, and Climate South West.
Until 2014, Richard was Director for the Environment Agency in the South West of England. He currently chairs Wessex Water’s Catchment Panel, the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership, and the Exeter Chiefs Supporters’ Club.
Richard received an MBE in July 2000 for services to the Environment.
Tony Griffin - Trustee
Tony is a founder member of Homemaker Southwest and has been a Trustee since 2001. He was Chair of the organization until 2007.
He is a retired solicitor, who specialized in Housing law and litigation.
Since retirement he has retrained as an immigration adviser and is a volunteer at Refugee Support Devon.
He is also a Trustee/Board member of Vranch House, and a Trustee of the Teign Valley Museum Trust. He is Chair of his village’s Twinning Association.
He speaks French and Spanish.
Richard Ball - Trustee
Richard is now mostly retired but recently was Assistant Director for Economy and Tourism at Exeter City Council and Programme Director for the Innovation Exeter programme based at the University of Exeter. Has held Board positions at Exeter Science Park and the UK Science Park Association. Currently a parish councillor at Woodbury, East Devon.
Judith Froom - Trustee
Judy has been a trustee for 3 years after retiring with 37 years financial experience within the social housing sector. Judy provides financial support to the staff and trustees through budget monitoring and reviewing of management accounts.
She has always lived in Devon and has an active interest in sport and the arts.
Sarah Morrison - Trustee
Sarah joined the Board of Homemaker in November 2016. She is a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience of the implementation of major infrastructure projects. At Homemaker her special interest is in staff and policy matters.
She lives in Torbay and, as well as her trustee work for Homemaker, serves on the advisory board of St Christopher’s School in Staverton.