Board Members

Peter BarrettDr Peter Barrett CBE DL is Chair of the board. He was previously Chair of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) until the summer of 2013.  He previously led the National Health Service Independent Reconfiguration Panel reporting to the Secretary of State for Health.  For 30 years prior to that he was a GP in Nottingham. 

Diane DiaconDiane Diacon is the Director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation, an independent charity carrying out research into housing, both in the UK and internationally. She represents the United Kingdom on the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing and has published widely in housing related areas. Diane is also a non-executive director of a regional rural housing provider and a local charity addressing domestic violence.

Chris PrenticeChristopher Prentice is Chairman of two local businesses in Outdoor Accessories and Toy Soldiers. He is also a founder member of an green energy group and a Duke of Edinburgh Leader.



Kanwaljit SinghKanwaljit Singh has worked in housing and the voluntary sector for many years. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing with an MBA. He is a Justice of the Peace and a Trustee of Lankelly Chase Foundation. 



Diane ParishDi Parrish has worked in education throughout her career. A former Nottinghamshire secondary head teacher she is now retired and works part-time as an educational consultant.  She is also a trustee and member of the safeguarding board of a national charity which supports, through community living, adults with special needs. She is an active member of her local community and a keen traveller.

Debbie MaitlandDebbie Maitland is an HR Director for a global speciality chemical company.  She has spent the majority of her professional life working in the area of employee and leadership development for both national and international organisations. From 1994 to 2001, she volunteered for Childline Midlands; during her time with Childline, she was a volunteer counsellor, recruiter and trainer; in addition she held a part time paid position as counselling supervisor for one of Childline’s dedicated services. 

Jane Geraghty, who lives in Newark, enjoyed a successful 40 year career in Probation and is currently an Associate of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary undertaking inspections of Police Forces. She is also Chair of Durham Children & Adult Safeguarding Boards.

In a voluntary capacity Jane works with Framework as a Befriender and holds the position of Chair for the Home Start (Newark) Charity working with parents and pre-school children, having been a Trustee and the Chair since 2011. She has also had roles in the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Care Trust, the Parole Board, the Nottinghamshire Criminal Justice Board, the Nottinghamshire MAPPA SMB, and the Countywide Reducing Reoffending Board throughout her time at Nottinghamshire Probation. 

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