Our board

Kevin Foley – Chairman

Kevin is a Chartered Business Manager holding both Bachelors and Masters degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. Commencing his career in the British Army as an Engineer, Kevin, a former resident of the estate, has held roles in the NHS, Further Education, Waste Management and now the Nuclear Industry where he is responsible for a European wide Radioactive Waste Logistics operation.  Living in Workington with his wife and two young children, Kevin believes the future success of WHA is as important as its past and that a good quality home should be accessible for all.

Henry Barker – Vice Chairman

Henry started his community involvement in the late 1990's working alongside Allerdale councillors during the transfer of its housing stock. He later became a Tenant Board Member of Derwent & Solway Housing Association, eventually becoming its chair.  He was also a Board Member of Harvest Housing Group and a Tenant Inspector with the Audit Commission, where he formed part of a team carrying out housing inspections.  Henry’s focus has always been tenant & resident involvement and he continued his community involvement as chair of the Cumbria Tenants & Residents Participation Forum.

Henry was also an independent Board Member of Eden Housing Association, where he became chair. He continues community work through chairing a charity which runs a local village hall. He is a trustee of other charities including Carlisle & Eden Mind, Fairoaks Housing Association and Cumbria Family Support. He brings his experience of tenant and resident involvement to Westfield, supporting community activities and looking at the services we provide and how these services meet tenant and community needs.

Graham Howarth

Graham spent his career as a housing professional, working for both local authorities and housing associations in the North of England and covering both the public and private sectors.  He become Chief Executive of Westfield Housing Association in 1996 and continued in that role until his retirement in 2018.

Steven Kirkbride

Steven was brought up on the Westfield estate and still lives locally. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience of working with mainly local businesses from many sectors such as retail, hospitality and leisure, construction, tourism, consultancy and research and development. From managing his own client base in West Cumbria, he has gained experience of financial reporting, audit and assurance, tax compliance and planning, cash flow management, business start-ups and cloud accounting.

Carni McCarron-Holmes

Carni is local to West Cumbria and has a professional employment background in the Probation Service.  She has many years experience of Local Authority Governance via Allerdale Borough Council and Cumbria County  Council with a specific interest in Housing and Health issues.  Carni has a good listening ear; able to understand housing legislation  and  is a “look for solutions People person”.

Bob Stroulger

Bob has a professional background in retail banking and running a family mail order business. Since retiring, he has managed a local debt and money advice charity and has been a volunteer with the North Lakes Foodbank. Bob is a committed Christian.

Cecelia Tibble

Cecelia, is currently a Cabinet Member of Cumbria County Council with responsibility for the environment.  Having been born, raised and educated in Workington, she left the area to join the West Yorkshire Police where she served for several years before leaving to raise a family and to re-train as a Psychiatric Nurse.  Following which she returned to Workington with her husband Philip and their children, Matthew, Daniel and Beth.  Cecelia worked as a Psychiatric Nurse both at West Cumberland Hospital and in the communities of Allerdale and Copeland but is now retired.  Formerly an Allerdale Councillor, she served in several roles, including a year as Mayor.  She is currently a Board Member of West House and a Committee Member of Northside Community Centre.  Cecelia is committed to ensuring that good quality affordable housing is available to everyone who needs it.

Philip Tibble (Audit and Risk Committee)

Philip came to Westfield as a nomination from Allerdale Council and latterly as an independent member.  He served as an Allerdale Councillor for over fifteen years and has been an Executive member for most of that time.  Philip has a strong belief in social housing and the extended role it can play within communities.  Allerdale is a housing authority so he has always been aware of changes in housing legislation and housing policies.  Philip retired after over 40 years in the NHS, firstly as a nurse and then working in the ambulance service.

Karen Wilson (Audit and Risk Committee)

Karen is a qualified accountant with experience in health, care and education. Within these roles she has gained experience of financial management and reporting, corporate governance, strategic management, risk management, property development and maintenance, quality management systems and Human Resources. Karen has project management experience and is APM qualified.