Planning For Housing North & Midlands

Carol Matthews CBE

CEO and Chair
Riverside and H4N (Homes for the North)

Carol Matthews has been Group Chief Executive of The Riverside Group since 2012. The Riverside Group is national with homes in 165 local authorities and a Scottish subsidiary called Irvine.  In August 2018 Impact Housing based in Cumbria joined the Group. 

Riverside have a strong track record in regeneration, neighbourhood management and Care and Support.  The 2017-20 Corporate Plan is a step change in the level of development being committed and planned with nearly five thousand new homes over a three year period, a focus on improving neighbourhoods and service.  

Carol has been in housing and customer service since 1984 starting as a housing officer with door to door rent collection as part of the role. Ten years of experience was with three local authorities: Sheffield, Burnley and Bristol before joining Northern Counties which became part of the Guinness Partnership in 2007. 

Carol is Chair to H4N – ‘Homes for the North’ – a group of seventeen HAs with northern stock who want to campaign and influence development and regeneration in the north.