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Meet the board

David Frederickson, Chair

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

Phil Sunderland, Vice Chair

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.

Sam Matthews

Sam studied architecture and then town planning in Manchester and Glasgow before starting work with Liverpool City Council in 1970. He moved to Derbyshire with his family in the 1980s and became director of technical services at Erewash Borough Council. On retiring, he pursued his interest in environmental and regeneration issues and joined the Board of Groundwork Erewash Valley which he later chaired. Sam trained as a generalist adviser with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau which gave him the opportunity to join the Board of Peak District Rural Housing Association (PDRHA). He and his wife, Sue, have three grown-up children and two, soon to be three, grandchildren. His interests include sport, walking and the arts

Ian Fullilove

Ian works 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.

Heather Clifton Smith

Now retired, Heather spent 25 years managing Mid-Derbyshire Citizens’ Advice Bureau and therefore has experience of dealing with the problems people face day to day. Heather believes that the work of PDRHA is essential and a very effective way of ensuring that social housing is available now and in the future. Heather also chairs a local charity that runs a workshop for disabled people. She enjoys walking and sailing, especially when the sun shines.

Anne Croasdell

Anne studied at the Laban Art of Movement Centre and after a brief spell teaching worked with the young unemployed in SW Coventry. After 12yrs as a Youth and Community worker, she moved to the Peak District becoming a Parish Councillor and started the long battle for affordable housing in the village. More recently Anne has spent the last 9yrs. leading the village playgroup but has given that up in favour of starting an OU degree in Social Sciences. She is currently secretary of the Youlgrave Community Land Trust, formed to carry forward the Youlgrave Village Plan.

Malcolm Roper

A retired civil servant, Malcolm has lived in the Peak District on and off since 1975. He takes an active interest in village affairs and is a parish councillor. Following a controversial planning application for affordable homes in Baslow, he became involved in planning issues and has followed developments in both local and central Government policy ever since. He enjoys the arts and walking in the area.

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.

Jonathan Jenkin


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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