Meet the board

  • Jim Dawson:

    Jim Dawson

    Jim has been involved with the City West Housing Trust Board for many years. He is a Councillor representing the people of Swinton and serves on the Health and Adult Scrutiny Panel and as Vice Chair of the Planning Panel.

    He has also served on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Fire Authority and the Corporate Parenting Panel, and is the City of Salford Councillors’ Cycling Champion and a LEA and Local Community Governor at Saint Peter’s C of E Primary School and Swinton High School.

    He is now retired after more than 40 years working for a large telecommunication company in a professional capacity, where duties included budgetary management and technical processes, providing high level technical support of the engineering power back up systems and Building Engineering services. Whilst working, Jim studied to obtain the academic qualification as a Bachelor of Science degree in Control Engineering.

    Jim is looking forward to working with all partners in the ForViva group. Outside of work, Jim’s interests include fell walking and local history including the industrial heritage of Salford and the wider North of England.


  • Claire Harris:

    Claire Harris

    Claire is currently Head of Finance and Deputy Section 151 Officer at Warrington Borough Council with a wide ranging remit including Corporate Finance & Accountancy, Internal Audit, Procurement, Benefits & Exchequer Services and the Customer Contact Centre. Claire has previously worked for more than ten years as a Director of Finance within the social housing sector, most recently at St Vincent’s Housing Association (now Mosscare St Vincent’s) and prior to that at Warrington Housing Association. Claire has a keen interest in ensuring that services provided to residents are effective, efficient and in line with customer needs and expectations. Claire also has a strong passion for strong and effective governance which she believes underpins a successful organisation and hopes that her contribution to City West continues to contribute to positive outcomes for partners working with the organisation and for our customers and residents both now and in the future.

  • Helen Rourke:

    Helen Rourke

    Helen joined the Board of City West Housing Trust in November 2014. She is a qualified accountant and is currently the Director of Finance & Company Secretary at Manningham Housing Association. As well as financial expertise, the skills Helen brings to the Board include strategic management, change leadership and sector expertise. Helen has worked with the social housing sector for over 10 years, and is passionate about delivering service excellence and positive social change. Helen currently lives in Rossendale, but previously resided in Salford for 10 years. Outside of work, Helen enjoys a busy family life, and is a keen supporter of wildlife and conservation issues.

  • David Lamb:

    David Lamb

    David lived in the same house in Walnut Road for over 50 years, before moving to Sheltered Accommodation in Enfield House in February 2013. David and his late wife had brought up three sons in the house and now have 3 granddaughters, and a grandson. In 2007, David was involved in the formation of the Alder Park TARA and was Chair until he moved from the area. From this, he was introduced to the City West TAC Group and was involved in a number of policy steering groups. Since the inception of City West, David has been serving on several Excellence Groups, the Eccles LAP, Dragon’s Den, Impact Hub and until his appointment to the Board on 1 November 2011, chaired the CSI. Following his appointment to the Board, he has joined the Audit and Risk and Development Committees. David’s interests outside City West have been Crown Green Bowls, ballroom dancing, and his local church, Patricroft Methodist Church, where he is a Worship Leader

  • Carol Mawers:

    Carol Mawers

    Carol is a resident of Walkden, and she worked in hospitality and then retail for many years, during which time she became a Health and Safety Officer. She is now retired and is involved in voluntary work for City West Housing Trust on both local and area wide levels. She has been a Member of the City West Housing Trust Board since 2013. Carol is the Chair of the Little Hulton and Walkden Local Area Panel, which has excellent links with the area office, and which monitors the services that the area offices provides. The Panel also links with other local groups to help benefit the local community. Carol also belongs to the customer inspector group that monitors empty properties, inspects the caretaking and cleaning of high rise and low rise buildings, and mystery shops certain City West services.