Meet the board

Chris Hobson, Chair

Chris is Head of Information and Representation at East Midlands Chamber. He has spent his career in public policy with experience across a number of fields. Previous roles include Lead Manager in the East Midlands for the National Housing Federation, and Manager of Transact, the national forum for financial inclusion.

Chan Kataria OBE

Chan is Group Chief Executive of emh group and has been in this role since 2004. Prior to this he held senior level positions in various local, regional, and national housing organisations. He is currently Board member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has over the years represented other trade bodies in the sector, including the NHF, PlaceShapers, and Housemark. He is also Board member of the CBI Regional Council and is Honorary Associate at De Montfort University. In his spare time, he is on the Boards of a Hospice and FE College. Chan was awarded an OBE in 2017 for his services to housing in the East Midlands.

Amanda Ashton

Amanda has a wealth of leadership experience at executive board level in higher education and health care transformational change, within local, national and international settings. Amanda now runs her own consultancy company and provides support to NHS foundations. She values team work and has a reputation for developing people to develop both their professional and personal potential.

Emma Foody

Emma is currently Regional Director for one of the main political parties in the East Midlands, providing strategic leadership and support. She has spent her career campaigning in various roles and as External Affairs Manager for the National Housing Federation. She has been involved at a senior level in advocating and organising campaigns, elections, and referenda across the UK and overseas.

Gail Puttock

Gail is a highly experienced HR and employment law consultant with over 20 years’ experience within consultancy firms and the health sector. She now works as a self-employed HR consultant providing advice for SMEs on HR and employment relations. She has worked in the voluntary and education sectors, and was a parish councillor for two years, helping to improve services in the local community.


emh homes has adopted the National Housing Federation "Excellence In Governance Code" to encourage the highest standards of governance and accountability while responding to change and increased risk.

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