Retired Ministers' Housing Society

Our Board

The Society is managed by a Board that comprises members from across the URC with the skills and experience to govern and maintain high standards. It normally meets three times a year. The day-to-day management of the properties is carried out by a team of professional staff led by the General Manager.

Nigel appleton

The Revd Nigel Appleton was appointed Chair of the Board at the AGM of the Society in May 2021. He was ordained in 1970 and served in Stipendiary Ministry until 1984. After ten years with Anchor Housing, he established his own consultancy practice working at the intersection of health, housing and social care with particular reference to the needs of older people and those with physical disabilities. Clients have included national governments, local authorities, voluntary sector and commercial organisations.

For ten years he chaired the Management Committee at Westminster College, Cambridge, helping deliver the refurbishment programme and the further development of the site.

In addition to leading worship in local congregations in and around Oxford, Nigel is a Trustee of the Wessex Trust and leads the Synod link with the Lusaka Presbytery of the United Church of Zambia.

john bradbury 3The Revd Dr John Bradbury is the General Secretary of the URC and member of the Board. He was formerly the Minister of Downing Place URC, Whittlesford, Stetchworth and Cheveley URCs in Cambridgeshire. 

ian hardie webIan Hardie is one of the URC Trust-appointed members of the Board. As a URC Treasurer, he enables the Board to appreciate its financial place within the URC family and brings his financial expertise to the position. 

Nicola Furley SmithThe Revd Nicola Furley-Smith has served as a URC minister for 33 years at Peasley Cross and Haresfinch URCs, St. Helen’s, Stainbeck URC, Leeds, Oxted URC, Wallington URC and as Moderator of Southern Synod. Nicola is a director of RMHS in her capacity as URC Secretary for Ministries advising on ministry issues.

Malcolm LindoMalcolm Lindo has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for more than 34 years using his skills and experience to contribute to the strategy, direction and efficiency of the organisations he has been involved with. Having trained as a chartered accountant, he worked for multinational companies before joining the social housing sector as a senior director and later as a consultant. Since his retirement he has continued to work for the not-for-profit sector as either a chair of trustees or the director of several charities.

cliff patten webClifford Patten is a lay member of the Board and member of the Health and Safety Sub-Committee. He is an architect based in the URC Eastern Synod, working with churches and serving on Synod and URC property-related committees. 

Simon Walkling 2020The Revd Simon Walkling is a member of the RMHS Board. He is a URC minister serving as the Moderator of the National Synod of Wales.

He brings the experience of caring for URC ministers and their families and serving as Chair to a Citizens’ Advice Management Committee and Chair of Governors at a local school. He represents the URC on a number of ecumenical bodies in Wales.

Pamela WardThe Revd Pamela Ward is a new member of the RMHS Board. A retired URC minister living in Lancashire in a property managed by RMHS, until recently she was Convenor of the URC Maintenance of Ministry Committee, and involved with the Ministries and Pensions Committees. She is Chair of the Congregational and General Charitable Trust, which gives grants for work on church buildings.

Peter West webPeter West is a retired chartered surveyor and managing director of a flats management company. He provides the Board with advice on building and maintenance matters.

Ken SummersThe Revd Ken Summers has been a RMHS tenant since December 2013. Before retirement, he served more than 38 years in ministry in a wide variety of areas and situations. He is currently the voice of one of two tenant members on the sub-committee and Board of Management and also serves as a director in two other charities in which the URC is involved. A widower, he lives in Merseyside and has two adult children plus two grandchildren who live in and near to London.

Paul Whittle 1The Revd Paul Whittle is a URC minister. He has served in Beith, North Ayrshire in Scotland, Islington in London, the Republic of Panama, and Birmingham. He currently serves as Moderator of the Eastern Synod but will move to become Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland in January 2021. He is Convenor of the Ministries Committee until Assembly 2021.