The Board

Bill McCarthy – Chair

An advertising and marketing professional, Bill has been a Board Director of a major UK advertising agency and run the UK’s largest international HR consulting group before developing a career coaching senior executives.

Bill has been a Housing Plus Board Member and Chair of several companies including Care Plus Ltd. He is currently Chair of Ubico Ltd as well as being Chair of The Central Bedfordshire Group, New Vista Homes and Care Is Central.

Adrian Davey – Managing Director

Adrian has over 25 years experience in the development industry. He has worked for housing associations, development companies and for councils in a variety of roles including tenancy, property and care management, as well as developing more than 4000 new homes.

A successful partnership builder, twice he doubled the size of the business he worked for, and he and his teams have won several awards for innovative sustainable development. He has previously set up and run a profitable house building business as well as his own consultancy.

Adrian has a degree in Housing Development and Management and a Diploma in People Management. He is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Housing and Chartered Management Institute.

Lorna Carver

Lorna is Director of Place and Communities at Central Bedfordshire Council. Previously Chief Executive of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, she has worked in a number of organisations in a variety of roles, including the British Chamber of Commerce, Borough of Poole, Yorkshire Forward and the South West Regional Development Agency. Lorna has also had many Board positions.

Andy Sharp

Andy has recently joined Central Bedfordshire Council as the Director of Social Care, Health & Housing and is an experienced Director and senior local government professional. Before joining CBC Andy held the role of Executive Director, People for West Berkshire Council, undertaking the statutory roles of both Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) and Director of Children’s Services (DCS) alongside the leadership of other “People” services for around four years.

Over the past fourteen years Andy has operated in a senior leadership capacity, dealing with complex agendas and issues, whilst working effectively both in high pressured corporate settings and the social care and health sector, in roles related to both commissioning and operational delivery. Alongside a professional background founded upon performance, policy and strategic commissioning roles, Andy has worked within a wide range of local authority settings as part of District, Unitary and Shire County structures, developing a clear understanding of the local government landscape, which supports his work as a strategic leader.