Our Trustees & Directors

ExtraCare is supported by the Executive Leadership Team and a Non Executive Board of Trustees. Trustees are ultimately responsible for the charity, setting the vision, mission and values of the charity and working with the Executive Leadership Team to develop the longterm strategy.

Trustees are chosen for their experience in relevant areas such as health, social care, financial management and human resources management.

Our Chairman and Chief Executive

Paul Jennings

Chair of Board of Trustees


Paul has worked in or for the NHS for 40 years in a wide range of roles and for the last two decades has been a Chief Officer or Chief Executive. Paul is currently the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and is also the System Leader across Health and Care. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, and before that was interim chief executive at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He has also been chief executive of three Primary Care Trusts in the Midlands. He has a strong track record of building partnerships, and leading organisations to deliver changes that make a positive difference to the health and care services people receive in their local community. Paul is the President and Chair of Welcome Wellbeing CIC, which focuses on addressing health issues from Black and Minority Communities and Migrants. He has also recently been appointed as a non-executive Director and now Transition Chair of the Gold Standards Framework CIC which delivers training and influences policy around end of life care in a range of community and hospital settings.

At ExtraCare, Paul was appointed as the Chair of the Development Committee in June 2016 and is also a member of the Audit and Assurance Committee. He was appointed as Chair of the Charity in 2017.

Paul has been committed to reducing health inequalities and improving care for older people for the whole of his career and is an Honorary Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health in recognition of his contribution to these fields of work.

Mick Laverty

Chief Executive

Mick is a chartered accountant and experienced chief executive. Before joining ExtraCare in January 2016 he was chief executive of the Student Loans Company, a government-funded ‘digital exemplar’ organisation that distributes £18 billion per annum and has seven million customers. Mick has also previously been chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency for the West Midlands. He has held a number of non executive director roles in the public, private and charity sectors and is currently a Council Member at the University of Birmingham and non executive director of Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre. Born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, Mick has lived in the Midlands for most of his life. Mick supports Aston Villa and enjoys running, music, reading and gardening. Mick was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands in 2018.

Our Trustees

Judith Mortimer Sykes


Judith has a background in financial services including corporate banking, commercial lending and retail banking. She has significant experience in sales and operations, customer service, change and risk management. Judith is currently Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director at Harpenden Building Society.

At ExtraCare, Judith was appointed as Chair of the Operations Committee in June 2016 and is also a member of the Audit and Assurance Committee.


Martin Leppard


Martin has significant commercial experience in the travel and leisure sector, particularly in in operations and marketing. Martin has been involved in a number of management buy outs and buy ins and has held a number of executive and non-executive roles. Martin acts as an adviser to private equity investors, and continues to seek new opportunities as an investing non-executive director.

At ExtraCare, Martin was appointed as the Chair of the Fundraising, Research & Advocacy Committee in June 2016. He has been a director of Extra Care Shops Limited since February 2014. Martin is also a member of the Development Committee.


Martin Shreeve


Martin graduated from the London School of Economics in 1964. He was instrumental in developing the first local authority programme of very sheltered housing as an alternative to residential care. In 1985 Martin was appointed Director of Social Services for Wolverhampton where he actively promoted a policy of replacing residential care with extra care housing. As an active member of the Association of Directors of Social Services, Martin was the first Chairman of the ADSS for the Elderly People Committee, a position he held for 10 years. In 1998, he became the first Programme Director of The Better Government for Older People Programme (BGOP) and in January 2000 was awarded the OBE for services to older people. Martin's hobbies include jazz, cycling, the ballet, theatre and the plastic arts.



Ruth Hyndman


Ruth has extensive HR and organisational development experience working in high profile national retailers. She has undertaken a number of different executive director roles and at various times was the director responsible for distribution, supply chain and IT.  Ruth now operates a management consultancy.

At ExtraCare, Ruth was appointed as the Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee in June 2016. Ruth is also a member of the Development Committee and Audit and Assurance Committee.

Mike Higgs


With a background in employment law and finance Mike has an extensive professional background and during his career has developed and implemented major business change and transformation strategies in the UK and overseas, including substantial mergers and acquisitions.

At ExtraCare, Mike has chaired the Audit and Assurance Committee (previously the Audit Committee) since February 2013 and was appointed as the Trust’s first Senior Independent Director (SID) in March 2014. Mike is also a member of the Development Committee and Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Dave Martin


Dave, a trained social worker, has extensive experience in adult social care, having been Director of Adult Social Services in 4 Metropolitan and County Councils interspersed with interim positions as Chief Executive in a Council and a number of health organisations. He has also managed a wide range of other Council services including housing, environmental health, library services and adult education. Dave is the independent Chair of an Adult Safeguarding Board in the West Midlands.

At ExtraCare, Dave is a member of the Operations Committee and the Fundraising, Research and Advocacy Committee.

Rebekah Eden



Rebekah has a breadth of background across the public sector and local government including research, policy development and the delivery of strategic regulatory programmes. She is currently Director of Programmes and Projects at Ofwat, with responsibility for corporate governance and the risk assurance framework.

Rebekah is a member of ExtraCare’s Fundraising, Research and Advocacy Committee.

Mary Martin



Mary is an experienced financial and commercial executive with knowledge of the private, public and voluntary sectors, including in relation to major capital projects and development. Mary has held a number of non-executive and charity trustee roles across the Midlands and is currently Deputy Chair at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, a Trustee of Performances Birmingham (the charity which runs Symphony Hall and Town Hall in Birmingham) and Trustee and Vice Chair of Midlands Art Centre (mac).

Mary is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of ExtraCare’s Audit and Assurance Committee and Development Committee.

David Mell



David graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Classics. He joined IBM as a Systems Engineer and enjoyed a career of more than thirty years in UK and International roles. Over the last eight years he has served on the Boards of a number of NHS Providers, Commissioners and "Arms Length" bodies. Most recently David was Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust from 2013 to August 2017. He is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland NHS Facilities Management Collaborative.

David has significant expertise and experience in developing strategic vision, enhancing organisational governance and facilitating productivity improvements across organisations. His community ventures include being the founder and Director of Belvoir Networking - a Community Interest Company (CIC) formed to bring faster broadband to the Vale of Belvoir. His IBM career was characterised by leadership of the European technical community through significant shifts in IBM and technology.

David is a member of ExtraCare’s Audit and Assurance Committee and Fundraising, Research and Advocacy Committee.

Our Executive Directors

Chris Skelton

Executive Director for Corporate Resources

Chris graduated from Sheffield University in 1982 with a degree in accounting and financial management. He joined Reed Elsevier plc and on becoming a qualified accountant, moved into their regional newspaper division. He remained in the newspaper industry for 20 years holding a number of senior positions including Managing Director for the last ten years. Chris joined ExtraCare as Finance Director in 2004, becoming Executive Director of Corporate Resources in 2017.

Simon Murphy

Interim Executive Director Projects


Simon graduated from Aberystwyth University in 1986 having completed a degree in Political Science and International Politics, and a PhD in Conflict Management in Northern Ireland. A former University Tutor he has worked as Director of the Birmingham, Coventry and Black Country City Region partnership, as Chief Executive of Birmingham Forward, promoting the city’s professional and business services sector, and widely as an interim Chief Executive and Director in the charity sector. From 1994 to 2004 he was a Labour Member of the European Parliament representing the West Midlands. He is an experienced non-executive director in both the public-private, and NHS sectors, and has served on the Government’s Better Regulation Task Force, as a Director of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, and on the Boards of several charities. He is married with two children and lives in Worcester.

Kevin Willetts

Executive Director of Development, Sales & Procurement

Kevin joined ExtraCare in 2017 and is responsible for Development & Sales.  Before joining ExtraCare, Kevin was Executive Director of Development, Sales, Regeneration and Procurement at W M Housing responsible for the main stream Housing Programme and the “Profit for Purpose” vehicle being Signature New Homes.

Prior to that he held three main board roles of National Plc’s having responsibility for their Social Housing Activities.

Before his private sector experience, Kevin worked in a Director capacity for two Housing Associations the first of which was Coventry Churches Housing Association and as a result witnessed and was involved in the birth of ExtraCare.

Angela Harding

Executive Director for Operations


Angela graduated from Durham University with a BA Honours Degree in history. She joined Midlands Electricity Board, as it was then, as a graduate trainee. She achieved the post graduate Institute of Personnel Management (grad IPM) qualification in 1992 and enjoyed Member status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) from 1998. In 2008 she was awarded Fellow status (FCIPD). Angela held several human resources posts with Midlands Electricity, before moving to GEC/Alstom as Employee Relations Manager. She was promoted to Human Resources Director, being heavily involved in business transition and organisational development for a number of years. In 2005, Angela left the company then owned by Areva, to join ExtraCare as Human Resources Director. In 2012 she gained responsibility for all customer services as well. In 2016, Angela was appointed ExtraCare’s Executive Director Operations and is now responsible for all areas of the Charity’s homes, care and lifestyle operations. In particular, Angela  focuses on performance, teamwork and learning to ensure ExtraCare continues to innovate and improve the services it delivers to residents across its Housing Schemes and Villages. 

Henriette Lyttle

Executive Director of Marketing and Innovation

Henriette joined ExtraCare in 2017, and is responsible for Marketing, Fundraising and Innovation. Before joining ExtraCare, Henriette was Marketing and Communications Director at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, leading manufacturing technology innovation in the UK. Prior to that, she held a range of senior management functions in economic regeneration and business support, including heading up the project portfolio at Innovation Birmingham (part of Birmingham Science Park Aston) and over 10 years at Regional Development Agency Advantage West Midlands where she progressed to Partnerships Director. Henriette holds an MSc in European Studies and a postgraduate qualification in Managing Social Care from Amsterdam University and started her career in the Netherlands in social care and community regeneration. Henriette lives in Birmingham with her daughter and in her spare time, she volunteers at the ExtraCare Hagley Road Village.

Matt Challoner

Company Secretary

Matt graduated from Birmingham University in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Business Management.  He is a highly experienced corporate governance specialist and company secretary with over 20 years’ experience of working in public and higher education sectors.  He joined ExtraCare in January 2018, prior to which he was Head of Governance & Compliance and Company Secretary of Coventry University and its UK and international subsidiaries.  Before joining the University Matt held a number of governance roles in local government, working for both Coventry City Council and Cannock Chase Council.