Trident’s Group Board have ultimate responsibility for establishing a framework, process and timetable for the successful operation of the group. Via this framework the Group Board give direction, ensure co-ordination and appropriate planning. In addition it is responsible for group strategy development, performance management and monitoring.

Andy Ballard



Andy, a qualified solicitor has over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector and holds various Non-Executive appointments. Andy’s main areas of work and expertise are advising on matters of governance and strategy, regulation, mergers and group structures, and restructuring. He has also completed a number of complex and sensitive investigations.

In addition, Andy has expertise in mentoring senior colleagues, people matters and is a part-time lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire.

Nathan Talbott


Nathan is an associate solicitor, specialising in commercial litigation and was co-opted to the Group Board of Trident Group in December 2015. He is a member of The Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and holds a degree in Law.

He is an ex professional footballer, and continues to work with the PFA and also has worked with London 2012 Olympic legal panel.

Katie Kershaw


Katie Kershaw is an urban design and heritage consultant with experience in the Midlands and across the country. She works on behalf of public and private sector clients with a particular focus on housing. Katie is a trustee director of Birmingham Conservation Trust, a member of Birmingham Civic Society’s planning committee and an associate lecturer on the University of Birmingham’s planning course, where she delivers lectures on place making.

Colin Small


A qualified Accountant, Colin worked in the private sector until joining the Severn Trent Water Authority and then the Housing Association sector in 1979. Colin has held a number of senior finance roles in the Housing sector including Finance Director/Company Secretary at Touchstone/Keynote (now Midland Heart) and at Festival Housing Group (now Fortis Living).

Since 2008 Colin has provided consultancy services and Board member services to a number of Housing providers. His current portfolio includes Senior Independent Director and Chair of Remuneration and Nomination Committee of a Birmingham based Housing Association, Group Board member and Chair of the Group Audit and Assurance Committee of a Kidderminster based Housing Association, and Financial Advisor to two other West Midlands Associations.

Colin was previously Chair of the Social Housing Pension Scheme from 2008 to 2018 providing a pension service to over 500 housing employers and managing an investment base in excess of £4bn. He has also previously served as a Board member on three other Housing Associations.

Colin has provided training services to the Housing sector and regularly contributed to housing and pension events and various publications.

Yvonne Leishman


Yvonne is an experienced housing professional who has worked for over 30 years at a senior level in local authorities and housing associations in Yorkshire and the West Midlands. She has over her career developed expertise in housing management, the delivery of care and support services, and in the development of new homes. In addition to her Trident role Yvonne is also a board member on a Gloucestershire Housing Association.

She was President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and has served on a number of charitable and professional boards. She was awarded the OBE in 2005 for services to housing.

Brian Carr


Brian has been Chief Executive of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) since 2005. He joined the organisation after training as a personnel manager with Marks and Spencer plc, and time spent setting up and leading a Legal Aid service as managing director of a local Citizens Advice Bureau.

His current role involves strategically leading BVSC in the full range of its activities, which focus on providing advocacy and development support to charities, community groups, and volunteers, and supporting the public and private sectors to better engage with the local voluntary sector. BVSC’s aim is to help everyone to build and benefit from a fair and equitable Birmingham.

A past Chair of Healthwatch Birmingham and Birmingham Race Action Partnership, Brian is currently Chair of the Birmingham Changing Futures Together Partnership, a Lottery-funded initiative to create positive systems change in services which support people with multiple complex needs. He is currently a partner governor of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Brian is the author of two books, including the Amazon bestselling career guide, How to Find Your Vital Vocation.

Simon Hatchman


Simon has worked in the social housing sector since the mid 1990s. His career has included spells at several large housing associations, and he has also worked as a regulator and lender to the sector. Simon is currently Finance Director at PA Housing based in Leicester. In his spare time Simon acts as a parent governor at a small village primary school, where he chairs the finance committee.

John Morris


Group Chief Executive and Board Member

John is Group Chief Executive of Trident Group, which he joined in January 2004. John is committed to achieving his vision with Trident Group of creating a diverse, modern, social business, based on three pillars of activity – Housing, Care and Support and Social Investment.

Andrew Cooke


Group Finance Director and Board Member

Andrew, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants joined Trident Group in October 2016 and is the Group Finance Director. Andrew has 20 plus years experience in diverse sectors; warehousing and logistics, manufacturing, training and public health.

His key focus is assurance, reporting, strategic development and promoting a business’s partnering relationship with internal and external stakeholders.

Andrew also supports on a voluntary basis the mentoring of young entrepreneurs as part of the Virgin Start up Mentoring Scheme.