John Archibald, Chair

John Archibald serves as Chief Executive of Victory Housing Trust, having been appointed to establish the organisation from scratch in February 2006.

Today, Victory owns 5,000 properties, is actively building new homes, has funding facilities of £80m and operates across the northern half of Norfolk, with an annual turnover of over £23m.

Having started a career in corporate finance with the HSBC bank, John joined the housing association sector in 1992. He has worked for four housing associations and been involved in the merger of two housing associations to form a new group structure.

Immediately prior to Victory, he served for five years as the Chief Executive of a locally based, national animal charity – Redwings.

David Walker, Vice Chair

David Walker took up the historic civic office of Sheriff of Norwich in May 2017, prior to which he was clerk (effectively chief executive) to Norwich Charitable Trusts, from which he retired in August 2016.

Norwich Charitable Trusts consists of Norwich Consolidated Charities, Anguish’s Educational Foundation, and Town Close Estate Trust. Together the charities contribute about £3 million a year into the economy to help local people in financial need, either directly or through funding other charities that work with them.

Colin Bland, Treasurer

Colin has spent his entire career in local government, retiring from Broadland District Council, where he was Chief Executive for nearly 11 years in 2011. He is a qualified accountant.

He is married with three children and 5 grandsons! He and his wife have lived in Norfolk since 1987. He is a passionate Norwich City fan, plays golf and tries to keep reasonably fit.

Vivienne Clifford Jackson

Vivienne has lived in Norfolk since 1990. She was born and educated in London, to Master’s Level. She has worked in a variety of nursing, research and nurse teaching roles at home & abroad.

She lectured at City College Norwich & UEA particularly with mature students and is proud of helping to improve access & opportunities for all students including those with disability.

She has worked for Voluntary Norfolk and held Trustee and other roles in the voluntary sector; and has been a Cabinet Member & Leader of SNC focused particularly with gypsy & traveller families & young people.

Recently a NED with NCH&C, she chaired REMCO, was a member of Audit & Quality & Risk committees & led on Safeguarding, Infection Control & Patient Experience. She was also a link Director for the Governing Body.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson is Voluntary Norfolk’s former Chair of Trustees.

Rob Hetherington

Rob has over 40 years’ experience of working in the public sector during which time he has been a Board Member for Shaping Norfolk’s Future, chaired the Norfolk Investing in Communities Board and the New Deal in the Communities programme in Norwich.

Prior to his retirement from the public sector Rob was District Manager for Jobcentre Plus across Norfolk. Rob is also a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was awarded an MBE for services to JCP in Norfolk.

Rob moved to Norwich from the North East in 1983 has two daughters who live in Norfolk and is a keen Norwich City season ticket holder, although Sunderland FC is his home town side.

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan is a Registered Nurse and has worked at director level in the NHS for the past 12 years. He currently works as CEO for East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), a social enterprise providing a wide range of community services including; health visiting, school nursing, speech and language therapy and public health improvement programmes for both children and adults. Prior to his current role Jonathan was Associate Director of Public Health for Norfolk.

Jonathan is also passionate about health and wellbeing promotion in the young. As an NHS director he has rarely been far away from the children’s agenda. He has been a member of both Suffolk and Norfolk Safeguarding Children Boards as well as being involved in a number of serious case reviews. At present Jonathan is fully engaged with the ECCH children’s services development programme and is very proud of the strong reputation that services such as the Family Nurse Partnership have gained.

Rachel Cowdry

Rachel has worked in the field of social care since 1991. She has worked in the voluntary, private and statutory sector and has a high level of working knowledge of a wide range of children and family services.

Since 2008 Rachel has worked at Break Charity in a variety of roles, starting in a Learning and Development role, creating the foundations for Break’s regionally renowned Learning and Development programme. During the last 8 years Rachel has managed many aspects of the business including Workforce Development, Organisational Development, HR, IT and H&S and Maintenance. Although starting my career as a humble social worker, I have learnt through experience many aspects of the charity business and have helped to standardise and improve several of our business processes.

Since 2015 Rachel has been the Business Development Director guiding the future direction of Break and overseeing the Fundraising and Retail teams alongside Workforce Development, Communication and Marketing and Business Development. She works in a way that focuses on the strategic, facilitates problem solving and encourages individuals, teams and sectors of an organisation to be the best they can.

Harry Town

Harry has been involved in Norfolk’s provision of youth work for 16 years, initially as Programme Manager for Norfolk County Council’s Positive Activity for Young People project.  Prior to this he was Marketing Manager for PGL Adventure Holidays, Kingswood Learning & Leisure, and Longleat House and Safari Park.

Since 2011 Harry has been a Director of MTM Youth Services CIC, a Community Interest Company whose mission is to identify, develop, deliver and support high quality, value for money Youth Work.   MTM also support, develop and supply Youth Workers, including training and supervision, and enable Youth Workers to work on a self-employed basis.

Harry himself is a youth work practitioner and deliver various projects as part of MTM’s portfolio, and also build and maintain partnerships with statutory and voluntary agencies to deliver youth work.

Harry is also a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and we can only wait and see how the skills he has for that job transfer to being a Trustee!