Meet the board

  • David Frederickson – Chair

    David is Chair of the Association.

    David worked for the Church of England in Sheffield as a community worker for fifteen years. His housing experience began in the public sector when, as a Sheffield City councillor, he chaired the Housing Management Committee, which administered the city's extensive housing stock.

    After a massive mid-life crisis he retrained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked as a professional actor ever since using his stage name David Frederickson (he's also known as David Skinner).

    He is a member of Youlgrave Community Land Trust which, in partnership with PDRHA, has built eight affordable houses for local need in the village.

  • Philip Sunderland – Vice Chair

    Philip is Vice Chair of the Association.

    Philip studied Economics and then qualified as an accountant whilst employed in London. After working at a number of London Boroughs he moved to Derbyshire in 1982.

    He worked as the External Auditor of a range of local authorities, including Derbyshire and Staffordshire County Councils, Police Authorities, District Councils and health bodies.

    He served on the board of Aspire Housing (Newcastle under Lyme) for over ten years. Philip is also a member of the Derby City Council Standards Committee, and an independent person for the Peak District National Park. He watches local football, enjoys walking and watching Yorkshire cricket.

  • Ian Fullilove

    Ian worked as a Policy Planner for the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). After qualifying, he first worked as a Minerals Enforcement Planner before moving into practical environmental work with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV). After 18 months voluntary work for BTCV and the National Trust in Leeds and West Cumbria he managed a community environmental project in Hull and a countrywide environmental project in Leicestershire (both for BTCV).

    Ian moved to the Peak District in 1997 and worked freelance as a drystone waller and general landscape contractor before joining the PDNPA as a Village Planner in 2001.

    Ian is married and lives in Bradwell. His interests include hiking, running, cycling, trekking, cricket, theatre and live music, and learning to play the drums.

  • Ian Sharpe

    A Chartered Engineer by background, Ian began his career with East Midlands Electricity in Nottingham before going on to hold a number of senior management positions and directorships with UK and US utility companies. He worked for twenty years in the City of London, where he founded a business that develops and manages power transmission infrastructure. Prior to this, he worked for an Australian financial institution.

    Now retired, he and his wife live in Bakewell where Ian is also Chair of Trustees of the Almshouses of St John's Hospital. His interests include sport and walking.

  • James Lunney

    Jim studied English Literature at Kent University but started an accidental career in housing by taking a temporary clerical job with Manchester City Council.  This led to a variety of positions with local authorities and housing associations in Hampshire and Cheshire, and the acquisition of professional qualifications in Housing.

    He is currently a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  He held Chief Executive positions with housing associations for 25 years until taking early retirement in 2013.

    He lives in Peak Forest where he helps out as a volunteer at the local school.  His other interests revolve around theatre, including as a reviewer, and as a Trustee of Buxton Drama League.  He first came across the work of PDRHA many years ago, when he provided development agency services for two developments.  He joined the Board to re-engage with its work on behalf of the rural communities of the Peak District.

  • Simon Benyon

    Simon has worked in Local Government since 1987 when he commenced work on a Youth Training Scheme with his local council.

    He has enjoyed working for a number of local authorities up to his current employment.  From 2002 he has worked for Derbyshire Dales District Council as a Housing Strategy Officer (Homelessness and Inclusion) managing the Homelessness and Housing Advice Team.

  • Fiona Hadfield

    Fiona joined the Board in June 2019.


Peak District Rural Housing Association has adopted the National Housing Federation "Excellence in Governance Code" to encourage the highest standards of governance and accountability while responding to change and increased risk.

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