Meet the Board

The wider LHIA network is a hardworking one. Our non-executive Board of voluntary Trustees has a breadth of business expertise ideally suited to benefit our operation and the business’ plans for the future. Our operations are overseen by the Board of Trustees.

Alastair Farquhar picAlastair Farquhar (Chairman)
Alastair qualified as a pharmacist in 1987 and moved to Lincolnshire in 1989 to take up a pharmacy manager post with Lincolnshire Co-operative Ltd.

After taking on various roles within the Pharmacy Division, Alastair was appointed Head of Pharmacy at Lincolnshire Co-operative in 2003 and has responsibility for the policies, procedures and legal compliance across 48 pharmacies and a pharmaceutical wholesale business.

Alastair is vice-chairman of the Lincolnshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee which works on behalf of pharmacy to establish links with other NHS bodies such as clinical commissioning groups and public health. He has also worked closely with the University of Lincoln to help them establish the first School of Pharmacy in the region.

Outside of work, Alastair is an avid cricket fan and tries to play a bit of golf.

Paul Woollam biog photoPaul Woollam (Vice Chairman)
Paul is a career housing professional and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  He also holds a management qualification and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Paul has held senior management positions for 15 years.  He has been Operations, and latterly Customer Excellence Director with Gainsborough based housing association, Acis, since 2007, and leads staff delivering customer and property services.

As part of the Executive Leadership Team, Paul is involved in the wider strategic management of Acis.  He holds a number of directorships within the company, including Acis Development Services, Acis Management Limited and Acis Properties.  He is also a member of the Board of Galatia LLP, the joint venture company formed with Willmott Dixon Partnerships in 2012.

Paul acts as a mentor for the Chartered Institute of Housing Career Mentoring Service, and is a long-serving governor of Selston Bagthorpe Primary School in Nottinghamshire.

Aside from work, Paul is a keen off road cyclist and enjoys live music.

Gemma Garfoot
Gemma graduated from Hull University with an honours degree in Law in 2000. She undertook the Legal Practice Course in 2000-2001 at York for which she gained a distinction. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 since which she has specialised in Family Law. Gemma joined Burton & Dyson in 2011 and was appointed a Director in 2013.

Gemma has considerable experience in all aspects of family work including divorce, separation, cohabitation and civil partnership dissolutions and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation Scheme.

Gemma also advises on all aspects of private and public law children matters especially in relation to residence, contact, care proceedings and child protection matters. She routinely represents clients in the Magistrates / Family Proceedings Court as well as the County Court.

Most Saturday’s in the winter months Gemma can be found on a freezing cold hockey pitch where she plays for Brigg Ladies 1st XI in an attempt to keep fit and active. Gemma is also a Director at Tall Oaks Academy Trust and White’s Wood Lane Academy in Gainsborough.

John Squire
John has a long and successful career in the extraction and production of minerals and energy generation industries.  This started when he left the Grammar School in Leeds to join a locally based sand and gravel company in Wakefield as a trainee quarry manager.

From those early years he then went on to hold many senior management roles within the Steetley Group, Amey Roadstone Corporation and then as MD of Castle Lime Ltd this led to owning his own quarries which were later sold in 1992.

John then worked as a marketing consultant for the Dutch Government for nine years based in Amsterdam to develop international trade and in this position travelled to many parts of the world including the Americas, Europe and Asia.

In more recent years that experience was employed in developing and owning companies in the production of electrical and thermal energy using advanced solar technologies and sustainable sources of waste materials.

Expertise and strengths are marketing , management, finance and entrepreneurship.

When not working, John enjoys golf, walking swimming and travel.  He is married with two adult sons.

Emily Neal
Over the last fifteen years Emily Neal (maiden name Vickers) has built her reputation in internal and external recruitment and specialist workforce management.  Emily Graduated from Coventry University with a BA in Law and Social Policy.  After working for various recruitment companies in senior management positions, Emily saw a gap in the market for a tailor-made search and selection solution.  In 2006 Vickers Neal Recruitment Solutions (VNRS) was launched and has grown year on year.  Her business is primarily focussed on working with Charities and SME’s.

Emily is originally from Lincolnshire has 2 young daughters.  In her spare time, she is a self-confessed shopaholic and enjoys a passion for interior design.

Sophie Williams
Sophie is a Management Accountant with over 20 years’ experience within the Retail Sector and previously spent 5 years within the Banking Sector. She has worked for the Lincolnshire Co-operative for 16 years, of which, the last 9 years have been specialising within the Pharmacy trading area. She graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Sophie is extremely focused, has strong commercial awareness and an eye for detail and with her financial background, will provide a valuable asset to the Board of LHIA.

Sophie is originally from Essex and moved to Lincoln with her husband when he was posted in the RAF to Waddington and finally settled in Lincoln. Out of work, she loves travelling, especially through Italy. She likes watching rugby and has a passion for music, especially Indie music, watching as many live events as possible.

Tina Nash
Tina has worked for Cox Automotive for the past 7 years, currently in the role of Compliance Manager with responsibility for risk, compliance and business continuity.

Tina’s career took a change in direction when she became involved in government best practice initiatives 20 years ago.  She was invited to contribute to a White Paper on business improvement and became a professional speaker on the topic of organisational change.  This led to Tina starting her own consultancy business, which she successfully ran for over 10 years, working with micro businesses up to large companies on business improvement initiatives. Tina went on to work with a manufacturing business as a senior manager for several years before relocating to Lincolnshire and taking on her current role.

Outside of work Tina enjoys reading, crosswords, swimming and spending time with family.

Sue Cadd
Sue has over 30 years of experience in business support and the financial sector.  The last 5 years have been spent at the University of Lincoln as Innovation Manager, delivering a best practice incubation and growth service to a range of physical and virtual tenants at Sparkhouse and Think Tank.  Acting as the facilities manager for the buildings, ensuring the financial sustainability by developing and maintaining a range of income streams and delivering against an agreed business plan.

Throughout her career Sue has built strong and meaningful relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders building an enhanced support network, helping to raise the innovation profile throughout the county.

Sue is married with 2 grown up step children and 6 grandchildren.  Any spare time she has is spent travelling, learning Latin and ballroom dancing or in her garden.

Mick head square

Mick King (Chief Executive)
Mick joined LHIA as Agency Director (now titled CEO) in April 2011, with a turnaround brief.  He also led the establishment and acts as Managing Director of LHIA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, LHIA Adaptations Ltd., incorporated in 2018.  Mick has over 23 years’ experience of combining policy development, strategy formulation and delivery through innovative partnerships in the economic development and, latterly, independent living sectors.  This follows over 11 years in civil engineering.

Prior to joining LHIA, Mick was Executive Manager of the private-public Humber Economic Partnership.  Mick developed and implemented new multi-sector governance arrangements and as the sub region’s ‘delivery driver’ led the development and implementation of the sub regional economic development investment plan, underpinned by £150m of regional development agency funding; both initiatives regionally cited as best practice.

Before moving to HEP, Mick spent eight years in a number of economic development management roles in Lincolnshire, delivering a full range of economic development services, and this came after a career in civil engineering covering the materials technology, highways, water and flood defence sectors.

Mick has a master’s degree in Urban Regeneration and is a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Development.  He is also an Incorporated Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, and has a Diploma in Management Studies.

Mick is married with three adult children, tries to play golf and enjoys live music, cars and travel.