Martin Townsend, Chair
Martin joined the Board of Trustees in March 2013. He held the role of Treasurer from October 2013 until March 2016, and is now the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Martin has a working background in finance covering product, project and risk management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.
Martin was seconded for 18 months to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now DCLG) in London as a Policy Adviser in the Sustainable Communities Directorate, to work on the Housing Market Renewal Programme.
Martin is currently an Independent Member on the Audit Committee of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Previously, Martin was an Independent Member on the Audit and Risk Committee at Guinness Northern Counties Housing Association for a period of 5 years.