Meet the Board

Tim Brown

Tim works as an independent Consultant and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is a senior research associate in Housing and Local Government, Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University. He has recently been a member of the research team evaluating housing and worklessness and currently runs workshops on housing & health and housing & safeguarding.

Margaret Coward

Margaret brings to the board more than 30 years’ experience in housing and regeneration having covered senior roles in public and voluntary sectors delivering housing management, supported accommodation, new build social housing, redevelopment and regeneration at Nottingham, Derby, Surrey, Hampshire, Belfast, Sheffield and Leeds.

Her volunteer experience includes Chair of an almshouse charity providing accommodation for older people, Trustee of charity providing support services around domestic abuse and previous Board Member roles at Citizen (then WM Housing).

Margaret has an extensive understanding of emh’s care and support operation, having served as an Independent Member of the Care & Support Board and Audit Committee since 2018.

Patricia McCabe

Patricia is an experienced Non-Executive with 16 years’ experience serving on boards in housing and the wider third sector. She is a Group board member of emh group, Chair of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, and a board member of Homecome Ltd. She is also independent Chair of the Birmingham Ageing Better Strategic Partnership.

Patricia’s career was primarily in Organisational Development, working in Housing, Social Services, the NHS, charities and the private sector. She was previously Managing Director of Central Consultancy & Training, specialising in governance and Board development.

Patricia is professionally qualified in company direction, general management and Human Resource Development.

Amanda Ashton

Amanda has a wealth of leadership experience at executive board level in higher education and health care transformational change, within local, national and international settings. Amanda now runs her own consultancy company and provides support to NHS foundations. She values team work and has a reputation for developing people to develop both their professional and personal potential.

Roger Merchant

Roger is a Chartered Accountant and a Charity Specialist Partner for UHY Hacker Young, a national accountancy and business advisory firm.

After graduating from Bristol University in Economics and Statistics, Roger worked in London and Warsaw as a partner with PwC, before moving to the East Midlands 25 years ago.

He is a former Chair of Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing, and his additional not-for-profit experience includes roles as trustee/audit committee member at Warwick Care, Derby Museums, Leicester College, Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Fund and Leicester Business Voice.

Outside work, Roger - who has four sons - enjoys playing golf and is a season ticket holder at Leicester City FC

Sarah Woolley

Sarah is an experienced non-executive and executive board director with over 18 years' experience working in the social housing and healthcare sectors.

She is Senior Research Fellow at Warwick Business School where her research interests are in strategic management, leadership, innovation and change in not-for- profit sectors.

Sarah completed her undergraduate scientific training at Manchester University (BSc. Cell Biology) and holds a PhD in Business and Management (Warwick Business School) and a PhD in Immunology & Biochemistry (Birmingham University.) Sarah is a qualified executive coach.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys exploring and adventuring with her dog Alma.

Simon Ketteridge

Tim Bishop

Mike Lawton


emh care & support 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.