Our Trustees & Directors

ExtraCare is run by the Executive Team of five and governed by 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 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

Martin Shreeve

Chair of Board of Trustees


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.

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 £15 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 governor of Coventry University, board member of the Birmingham and Solihull Systems Board (STP) 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.

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.


Paul Jennings


Paul has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years in a wide range of senior roles. He will be stepping down as Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust at the end of December 2016. Prior to that Paul was interim chief executive at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and has also been chief executive for 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 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. In September 2016 he was appointed by the Board as Chair Elect and is due to become Chair of Trustees in September 2017 when Martin Shreeve’s appointment expires.


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. Mike is a non-executive director of an NHS Mental Health Trust where he is the Senior Independent Director (SID), chairs the Finance & Performance Committee and is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

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.

Kathryn Sallah



Kathryn, a qualified nurse and midwife, has over 35 years' experience in healthcare. Kathryn has held two Directors of Nursing posts in acute hospitals, and one at Strategic Health Authority (SHA) level where her responsibilities included lead Director for implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People. Kathryn has also chaired national steering committees and was the Project Director for the Mid Staffordshire independent case note review. In 2007 she was awarded a MBE for services to Health Care in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Kathryn is also a non-executive director at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and an alternative power company.

At ExtraCare, Kathryn is a member of the Operations Committee and the 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.

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.