Leazes Homes is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Charity with the Charity Commission. As a company with charitable status, Leazes Homes is governed by eight Trustees, with one representing Newcastle City Council, six independents and one tenant trustee. Our Trustees are also directors for company law purposes.
The Leazes Homes Trustees come from a range of professional backgrounds, each bringing valuable knowledge and experience to the role. You can read more about all of them below.
Dawn KeightleyChair, Leazes Homes
Dawn Keightley was appointed as a Leazes Homes Trustee in April 2017 and became Chair in August 2018. She has spent over two decades in the social housing sector, mainly working for a national provider of supported housing and latterly for a regional provider in a range of strategic roles. Dawn's background is in marketing and customer research and she is currently working with NHS England Transforming Care Programme focusing on increasing housing choices for people with learning disabilities and/ or Autism.
Ged WalshVice Chair, Leazes Homes
Ged was appointed as a Leazes Homes Trustee in April 2018. Ged currently works as Director of Development and Assets at Karbon Homes and has over 30 years of experience working in the construction and housing sectors. Ged is a chartered surveyor and, during his career, has worked for several large social housing organisations as well as for Homes England.
Mike ReynoldsTrustee, Leazes Homes
Mike was appointed as Leazes Homes Trustee in July 2011 and is a member of our Audit Committee. He is the associate director of a company that provides construction-related professional services and has a wealth of experience in the social housing sector, both new build and refurbishment projects, including general needs, sheltered housing and respite care.
Cllr Veronica DunnNewcastle City Council Trustee, Leazes Homes
Cllr Dunn was appointed as a Leazes Homes Trustee in September 2014. She is Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Newcastle City Council and a local Councillor in the Byker ward. Cllr Dunn is a member of the North East Regional Employers’ Organisation for Local Authorities and a lifetime member of Unison, having been National President in 2001.
William ThompsonTrustee, Leazes Homes
William was appointed as a Leazes Homes Trustee in April 2018. William is currently a Director for Recycling and Renewable Energy Associates, specialising in the field of waste, environment and sustainability. William is a non-practising qualified solicitor and during his career has held several directorships and company secretary positions.
Mick BradyTenant Trustee, Leazes Homes
Mick Brady was appointed as a Leazes Homes Trustee in September 2017. He has been a Leazes Homes tenant since 2013 and has held a number of significant roles in his local community, including as Chair of the Pendower Tenants’ and Residents’ Association. Previously, he worked as a bus driver and was a union official for 18 years.
Kath HeathcoteTrustee, Leazes Homes
Kath is a housing professional who has held several senior positions in housing, including Head of Housing for Derwentside District Council. Over her career Kath has managed a range of services and has experience and expertise in supported housing, which is particularly relevant to Leazes Homes. Kath currently undertakes interim management and consultancy roles and this experience of different organisations and ways of working, along with her experience and expertise in housing is a great addition to the Board of Leazes Homes.