Full steam ahead for Philip
18th September 2020 | posted in News
Philip Dunn’s father worked on the railways, one of his grandparents lived in a Railway Housing Association home and he admits to being a “closet train spotter”, so that makes him perfect for his role as our newest board member.
But his ‘day job’ as an Executive Director at one of the UK’s biggest charities is what also made him the perfect candidate following an extensive recruitment and selection process.
Philip has joined our nine-strong board which is tasked with overseeing the strategic direction of Railway Housing Association.
The 47-year-old, who lives in County Durham, is currently Executive Director of Finance & Operations for Alzheimer's Research UK – the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
He has spent his entire career working in finance, including roles with large companies such as Carillion/Amey and Johnson Matthey.
This is his first board and one he says he is looking forward to.
Philip, who is married with two children, says: “I am from the North East and have always been a big fan of the area, so it’s great to be joining the board of an organisation based in the region and which provides many homes for local people.
“I grew up in Shildon, so the railways have always played a big part of my life. My dad was a railwayman, one of my grandparents lived in sheltered housing owned by Railway Housing Association in Shildon and I admit having been a bit of a closet train spotter when I was younger.
“I am looking forward to contributing on the Board and particularly using my experience in risk management and finance to support the executive team and staff.
Anne Rowlands, Chief Executive of Railway Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to have been able to attract someone of Philip’s calibre to our board. His background and expertise working in finance will stand us in good stead as we continue to deliver our strategy of providing new, affordable homes, improving our existing homes, and supporting our residents.”