About Us

Lesley Dixon – Director
Lesley has worked for Cumbria Housing Partners since 2007, initially as Project Manager and now as director. Lesley has a Masters Degree in Housing and is a member of Chartered Institute of Housing.

With over 30 years of experience in change and project management in housing organisations, Lesley is committed to ensuring the partnership delivers on it’s promise to add value to the people and communities the partners work in.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are all representatives of the housing associations who are members of  Cumbria Housing Partners.

John Clasper (MCIH)- Chair of Cumbria Housing Partners

John has been Chief Executive of Eden Housing Association since 2011 and has almost 40 years working experience of the housing sector.  He is also Vice Chair of Cumbria Housing Associations’ Chief Executives’ Group.


Rob Brittain – Castles and Coasts

Now Property Services Director at Castles and Coasts, Rob started his housing career with Home in Scotland, before taking up a development role for Home Housing in Yorkshire. Prior to joining Castles & Coast Housing Association (formerly Two Castles), Rob was Business Development Manager for Broadacres Housing Association, where he managed the development, asset management and maintenance teams.

He has an honours degree in Building Surveying from Herriot Watt University and an MA in Housing Policy and Management from Northumbria University. A member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Rob combines 23 years of practical construction experience with academic qualifications

Bryonie Shaw – Impact Housing

Bryonie Shaw

Bryonie is Managing Director of Impact Housing, which became a subsidiary of The Riverside Group Ltd in August 2018.

A member of the Chartered institute of Housing, Bryonie held senior positions in local authorities and housing associations in the Manchester area before taking up the role of Director of Support and Communities at Impact Housing in 2015.

Bryonie has extensive experience in all areas of housing policy and management, with a particular focus on supported housing and commissioning homelessness and housing advice services. As a member of National Housing Federation group looking at the Future Funding of Supported Housing in 2016, she worked to help shape and inform the Federation’s policy activities to develop a model for funding housing costs.

Alan SandeyHome Group

Alan is Senior Procurement Category Manager for Home Group. He has  responsibility for the contractual and commercial aspects of maintenance contracts and strategic property procurement in North West and Central Regions.

Following studies at Northumbria University,  Alan gained extensive experience in all areas of Social Housing  whilst working for  10 years with The Gateshead Housing Company.  From housing management to grant funding; tenant liaison to contract management of 8 million pound projects Alan has a wide understanding of the requirements needed to manage sustainable contracts which deliver value for money, for both customer and company.

Richard Hayes – South Lakes Housing

Richard is Director of Assets and Improvements at South Lakes Housing.

Richard  initially worked for Knowsley Design Consultancy in Liverpool where he worked with Knowsley Housing Services during their stock transfer to Knowsley Housing Trust in 2002. After going on to work at senior management level with the award winning One Vision Housing in Bootle,  Richard moved to South Lakes Housing in 2012 to take up the post of Assistant Director of Assets and Investment. He was subsequently appointed Director of Assets & Investments in 2015. In his current post Richard is responsible for the successful delivery of SLHs’ Improvement Programme, New Development, Compliance and Aids & Adaptations.