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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.

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.

Richard Packham

Richard spent 40 years in local government, first in Scotland and then in Norwich with the City Council. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive of Great Yarmouth Borough Council – a post he held until his retirement in 2013.

He has served as a Trustee of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and of Norfolk Community Foundation and also as Governor of Great Yarmouth High School and Great Yarmouth FE College. He continues to serve as a Trustee for both Centre 81 and SeaChange Arts.

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!