Board members play a vital role in Luminus. They help us stay on track to achieve our Mission, Values and Goals, reviewing performance and being aware of the bigger picture.

The strategic direction of Luminus Group is exercised through the Board, with the majority of members being non-executive and including tenants and council appointees. A significant number of non-executive positions are “independent” thus having no tie to any interest group. Our non-executives bring considerable experience from public, private and voluntary sectors with expertise in finance, law, chartered surveying, community affairs, churches and other faith communities. Our tenant board members and council appointees add significant value through their local knowledge which is particularly helpful in the delivery of services.

Board members are focused on driving the business forward. Their work is underpinned by a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience. This is enhanced through a comprehensive programme of training and development, enabling non-executive directors to discuss, review, challenge and examine the various complex strands of activity affecting the company, the sector and the wider social, political and economic environment.

The effectiveness of the Boards in terms of governance and strategic planning is further enhanced by a rigorous and wide ranging annual Board Effectiveness Review that ensures the Boards are aware of their strengths, ability to work as a team and their areas of development. In addition to the support from the Executive, the Board has access to further external input in relation to legal advice, treasury management, risk, audit and specific areas for review that arise periodically.

Who's who

Revd Kevin Burdett

Kevin has experience in the fields of finance, farm management and pastoral ministry.  Alongside that he has chaired two different parish councils and been involved with community activities over many years, particularly in Cambridgeshire where he has been resident for most of his life.

Qualifications include BA(Hons) in Theology from University of Wales and Horticultural & Agricultural Business Management. Kevin currently chairs a national committee for the Baptist Union in connection with listed places of worship

David Cowans, Places for People Group Chief Executive

David has over 30 years' experience of housing, urban regeneration, mixed tenure and mixed use development, property and financial management, having led strategic change in both large and small organisations.

He has an MBA from Birmingham University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing, a Member of The Institute of Residential Property Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is Visiting Fellow of Cambridge University.

Nigel Finney, Managing Director, Luminus Group

Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in the sector managing mixed-tenure housing, regeneration projects and stock transfers.  He has overseen business transformation projects and change management programmes.  Nigel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Professional Standards Committee.

Mr Michael Forrest, Luminus Group Chairman

Mike has been a member of the Luminus Group Board since 2013 and was appointed Chairman in March 2017. He is also Chairman of the Ferry Project, a homeless project in Wisbech which is a subsidiary of Luminus.

Mike has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and spent most of his working life in education. He recently retired as Deputy Head Academic at Wisbech Grammar School but maintains an interest in education through Wisbech Reads, a project which seeks to increase the literacy levels of children and adults in Wisbech and the surrounding area. He is also an Examiner for Cambridge International.

As a member of the oversight team of the King’s Church, Wisbech, Mike is Chairman of the Church Trustees and sometimes preaches. He is also part of the Wisbech High Street Consultative Committee which has recently secured a Heritage Lottery grant to bring about improvements to some of the town’s buildings.

Lynette Lackey, Chartered Accountant

A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience in real estate finance, corporate reporting and financial management. Lynette is also a Director of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Trustee of Landaid and past UK Chair of National Women in Property Association. She also spent ten years as a Partner with BOO Stoy Hayward, where she specialised in international real estate transactions.

Lynette joined the Places for People Group board in 2011 and was appointed as the Senior Independent Director in 2015.

Cecilia Tredget, Managing Director East of England LGA

Cecilia has worked in local government since she started out as a housing graduate trainee in Haringey in 1982. Initially Cecilia worked in London on a number of multi million estate regeneration initiatives and finally as Project Director for the Chalkhill Project in Wembley.

In 1998 Cecilia became Deputy Chief Executive at East Cambridgeshire District Council and in 2007 she was seconded to South Cambridgeshire District Council for one year where she led their improvement programme. Cecilia was appointed as Director of Improvement East in April 2008, which was the Regional Efficiency and Improvement Partnership (RIEP) for the East of England.

In December 2012 Cecilia was appointed as the Managing Director of the East of England Local Government Association which provides support and advice to all 52 councils across the region. Cecilia is passionate about innovation and improvement in all public services and oversees a Talent Bank of experienced associates who work extensively across the region. Cecilia was a board member of Cambridge Housing Society for 9 years and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Rita Matthews

Rita is a retired accountant and former district councillor.

Board Members

We maintain a register of people who would like to be considered as future Board Members.

Board Members fulfil a vital role in Luminus. The role is "non-executive", which broadly speaking means you don't manage or direct day to day activities. The role of a Board member is to help us stay on track to achieve our Mission, Values and Goals by being a "critical friend", reviewing the organisation's performance, looking at strategy and policy, being aware of the bigger picture, considering how our decisions and actions are fit for purpose, minimise risk, enhance our reputation and brand, encourage others to follow our example, meet the requirements of law and regulation and a few more...

We provide training, support and a great deal of encouragement to enable our Board members to be the very best!

We maintain a transparent and open process to the recruitment of potential Board members, and are always interested in hearing from people who feel they share the enthusiasm of all those associated with Luminus, can identify with our Mission, Values and Goals and would like to play an active part in promoting our success in an increasingly demanding external operating environment.  We’re happy to receive a covering letter and CV (to carole.hurst@luminus.org.uk).  We will hold this for future reference as opportunities become available and there also may be scope to invite you to a corporate event, where you can experience Luminus for yourself.