Our Board

Nigel Wilson - Chair

Nigel is chair of FRC Group and joined the Board of trustees in 2014.

Nigel is CEO of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group which provides homes to more than 20,000 people across Wythenshawe, Manchester.

Nigel has over 29 years’ experience in the housing sector. He was a housing co-operative tenant and activist before working as a housing officer for housing associations and local councils. He worked in tenant participation and resident engagement before specialising in new business and regeneration.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Chair of JV North, and Chair of Wythenshawe Forum Trust.

Christopher Watson

Chris has served on the board of FRC Group since 2002. He is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) at the University of Birmingham, working especially with graduate research and mid-career students from many parts of the world.

Chris has more than thirty years’ experience of research, teaching and consultancy in housing, urban policy and international urban development.

He was Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham from 1987 to 1992.

Chris was Chair of Mercian Housing Association in Birmingham from 1999 to 2005. He is a member of the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research and the European Network for Housing Research: and is a co-ordinator of the ENHR Working Group on Housing in Developing Countries.

Professer Erik Bichard

Erik has served on the FRC Group board since 2002.

Erik serves on several company boards as a non executive Director such as Migrant Workers North West.

During his career, he has worked as a sustainable development practitioner in the public, private, third and now academic sector.

Until June 2007, and for ten years, he was Chief Executive of the UK National Centre for Business & Sustainability. Erik has also
been sustainability advisor to Co-operatives UK and Liverpool City Council.

Erik is a frequent contributor to newspaper, TV and radio programmes covering a range of sustainability issues from recycling and renewable energy to social cohesion and responsible business issues. His most recent written work includes texts on sustainable governance, social enterprise and the recycling sector, and the relationship between health in the workplace and business reputation on sustainable development.

Jeff Vernon BA (Hons) FCA MBA AMCT

Jeff has served on the board of FRC Group since 2005.

Jeff is the Finance Director of Rathbone Investment Management (RIM) which is a leading provider of discretionary investment and wealth management services for private clients and trustees. He also has operational responsibility for Group

Treasury, Banking and regulatory reporting. He is a member of

the RIM Executive, Banking Committee and Risk Committee.

He qualified as an accountant while with Royal Insurance (now Royal SunAlliance) where he also gained an an MBA . Having spent over 7 years with RSA in a variety of finance based roles, he joined Rathbones in 1999 and was appointed to the RIM Board in November 2000.

Jeremy Nicholls

Jeremy Nicholls is the Chief Executive of Social Value International and Social Value UK. These are membership networks for those interested in measuring, managing and accounting for their social value, united by a common vision of changing the way the world accounts for value.

As well as being a Trustee of FRC Group, Jeremy is also a member of the IRIS advisory committee, a contributor to the Social Stock Exchange admissions panel, on the ICAEW Assurance Panel, and a member of the Social Impact Measurement Sub-group of GECES for the EU.

Jeremy is a regular speaker and writer on social value including 'There is no business like Social Business' with Liam Black, a number of SROI guides including the 'Guide to SROI' and a column for Pioneers Post.

Dr John Hines

Dr John Hines gained his PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University before joining Unilever as a research scientist.

Working first in the Laundry category, John lead teams in research and new product development for famous brands such as Persil and Surf, including two years in Holland.

As R&D Operations Manager for Dove, John pioneered innovation strategy and “product philosophy”, including the development of Dove’s widely acknowledged stances on real care and sustainability.

In 2008, John left Unilever to take up a new challenge with CERAM Research heading the Consultancy business and as Chief

Product & Technology Officer for the group. From 2010, John is Group R&D Director for Deb Group Ltd, the world's leading away from home skin care company.

A passionate advocate of product excellence and in particular sustainable innovation, John is an established expert within the well-known Green Mondays network providing support and guidance to encourage environmental management.

He is married to Jane and together they have two young children, Isabel and Oliver. In his spare time, John enjoys a wide variety of sports and hobbies and family days out in the surrounding countryside.

Lesley Dixon

Lesley has served on the FRC Group board since 2014.

Lesley is the CEO of PSS - a social enterprise that works across the UK, recognising when people are in need and finding new and practical ways to help them get the most from life.

Prior to her move to PSS Lesley had a career in Higher Education as Chief Executive of Leeds University Union and before that the University of London and Kings College. 

In addition to her work at PSS Lesley was also part of the Liverpool Fairness Commission, has been a trustee of the national Board at mental health charity Mind since 2008 and is currently the Vice Chair.

Lesley is also a Chartered Manager, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Leeds.