Who We Are

At NB Housing we build neighbourhoods and community. We are a housing association that simply believes housing should be better. We build homes not houses. Homes that are affordable, secure and promote opportunity. Homes that build community.

NB Housing

NB Housing is managed by a voluntary Board from various professional and social  backgrounds who meet frequently to discuss the affairs of the Association.  NB Housing has 12 voluntary members.

We employ a team of 31 staff who provide a range of services to tenants.The staff teams are located across our two offices in Flax Street and Crumlin Road and within our supported schemes.

NB Housing is committed to providing high quality services that reflect the needs of our customers and represent value for money.

Committee Members

John Simpson

Chairman of the Board

John Simpson has worked as an academic with interests in economic policy questions as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Queen’s University and, latterly, as a visiting Professor in the University of Ulster. He is now self-employed as a business analyst and economics specialist as well as an occasional writer on business and economics, both locally and nationally. John is a Member of the Housing Management Sub Committee

Bill Patterson

Vice Chairman of the Board

Bill has been involved in the voluntary and community sector in the Greater Shankill Area for almost 30 years. He spent a number of years in research and development and industrial management. Bill is a Director of Farset International and from 2004 to 2005 Bill was Chair of Belfast Local Strategic Partnership. Bill is Chief Executive of Greater Shankill Community Council. Bill is Chair of the Audit, Risk and HR Sub Committee and is a Member of the Housing Management Sub Committee

John Patterson


John worked as an accountant in private sector before joining Flax Trust in 2004. He served as Chairman on the board of the legacy Flax Housing Association and was also Chairman for the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations. John brings a wealth of housing experience and financial expertise to the Board at NB Housing

Ursula Mayers

Board Secretary

Ursula is a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is a certified mediator with the Mediators Institute Ireland (MII) since 2011. Ursula has over 10 years’ experience in the commercial property sector and has a keen interest in the work of Housing Associations. Ursula is a member of the Development and Maintenance Sub Committee.

Elizabeth Connolly

Board Member

Elizabeth has a strong passion for community relations and her work experience in public sector, particularly her current role at NI Assembly, keeps her abreast of local political views and debate. A member of the merger steering group, she demonstrated her passion of ensuring associations deliver effective housing solutions for tenants. Elizabeth is a Member of the Development & Maintenance Sub Committee at NB Housing.

Tom Mervyn

Board Member

Tom has over 18 years’ of community and local economic development experience specialising in employment and employability policy and programme development. He is also a Director of Employers For Childcare Charitable Group and Chair of their Childcare Solutions Company and currently works at Queen’s University Belfast. Tom currently sits on the Finance Sub Committee.

Sheila McClelland

Board Member

Sheila has an ongoing interest in providing social justice and equality of treatment, access and opportunity to all sectors and groupings in Northern Ireland. Sheila is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee in NI-CO and Chair of Consumer Council NI. Sheila currently sits on the Finance Sub Committee and the Housing Management Sub Committee.

Will Chambre

Board Member

Will is Managing Director of Chambré Public Affairs LLP with over 20 years in public affairs and public relations. Will has an industry-wide reputation for successfully planning and delivering influential communications campaigns. He is also a member of both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Institute of Housing and a past Chairman of the Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group. Will is a member of the Development and Maintenance Sub Committee.

Anne Rice

Board Member

Anne has over forty years’ experience in community service in a voluntary capacity. A lay magistrate for many years and a former Chairperson of Filor Housing Association, Anne is also Treasurer of Farset Enterprise and a Director of Impact Training.

Elaine Burns

Board Member

Elaine is currently the Manager of Ardoyne Association and works closely with various government agencies and lobbies for funding for many community projects in Ardoyne. Elaine is Chair of Housing Sub Committee for NB Housing.

Ian Graham

Board Member

Ian has worked in the Housing Sector for over 15 years and brings this wealth of knowledge and experience with him to NB Housing. Ian is Chair of the Development and Maintenance Sub Committee and is a Member of the Audit, Risk and HR Sub Committee.

Janine Fullerton

Board Member

Janine has over 17 years’ experience in senior roles across the third and public sectors, from neighbourhood to government level and from strategic policy to service delivery. Much of Janine’s early career was in housing management, community development and community relations roles. Janine is a member of the Audit, Risk and HR Sub Committee.


  • A member of the Council for the Homeless
  • A member of the EROSH NI Branch
  • A member of the Foyer Federation
  • A member of the Housing Rights Service
  • A member of the NI Federation of Housing Associations


  • Registered with Department for Communities No.R55
  • Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act No. IP406
  • Registered with Inland Revenue for Charitable Status No. NO 00274