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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) Board of Non Executive Directors. We are managed by a board of ten, comprising five independents, three local authority representatives and two customers.
Chair of the Board
With over 30 years in the housing sector having previously worked for a number of large housing associations culminating in eight years as Chief Executive of Paradigm Housing, Alison has considerable expertise in all aspects of housing. Whilst at Paradigm, the Development programme grew to over 800 homes per annum and she successfully set up an internal Repairs and Maintenance contracting business employing over 100 technicians. Specialising in Governance and change management she is now a successful interim assisting organisations who have got in to challenging situations.
Alison supports Birmingham City, enjoys walking in the Colne Valley and a secret skill of hers is that she can do the Highland Fling. Advice that Alison would give to her teenage self would be to ‘Make the most of life as it goes by in a flash’. Having done two placements at university looking into the use of B&Bs to house the homeless and seeing the impact on families with no permanent roof over their head was profound. Alison realised that a decent, affordable permanent home is a basic right that everyone should have and wanted to do her bit to help.
Tim has 46 years of experience in social housing and previously worked as Chief Executive for Berneslai Homes, Deputy Director of Housing for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Assistant Director Rents and Revenues for Barnsley MBC to name a few. Tim has extensive experience in the public sector, social housing, property and housing management, audit and risk management.
Tim is also Chair of the Audit Committee, Vice Chair of the Human Resources & Equality Committee and a member of the Development Worx Board. Tim used to be a DJ and on a day off we’d find him gardening or watching football.
Angela was elected as a Stafford Borough Councillor in 1997 and in 2013/14 was Mayor of Stafford. Before being elected to Stafford Borough Council, Angela taught for twenty years at a Stafford High School. Angela was also a representative for the Western Regional Committee of Midlands Co-operative Society (MCS) to represent the interests of members and the Society and was a member of the Strategic Board of Directors of Midlands Co-op in 2013/14 when discussions took place with Anglia Co-operative Society prior to the successful merger of both Societies resulting in the formation of Central England Co-operative Society which is the largest co-operative society in England.
Angela has a diverse range of community and charity interest including being Vice Chair of Stafford & District Bereavement and Loss Support Service. Angela is able to contribute positively to the broader community and business objectives of Stafford and Rural Homes. A fun fact about Angela is that she is a competent swimmer and when she was in High School in Scotland she represented the country at International Level in 100 metres Butterfly Stroke.
Gillian is a tenant who was elected to the Board in 2012 and is also a member of the Customer Board. Gillian is a teacher by profession and brings to the Board considerable experience of the public and not for profit sectors. Having worked for a number of different organisations including local authorities, a police authority, a Sheltered Housing project, Women’s Refuge and a Community Relations Council, Gillian brings an extensive range of skills and knowledge including teaching and training, community work, customer care, HR and housing to the Board.
A fun fact about Gillian is that she loves the American comedy series “Everybody Loves Raymond” and in June, for her 60th birthday, her daughter took her to Rome where they visited the places were 2 of the episodes were filmed.
With 40 years of experience within the housing sector having previously worked for Jephson Housing Association, Marches Housing Association, Stonewater Housing Group and Buckinghamshire Housing Association, Phil has considerable expertise in strategic management, housing management and asset management as well as Housing Development, HR and Corporate Services. Phil was appointed as a Board Member in January 2016 having previously served as a Long Term Observer. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and a County Town Homes Board Member.
Phil says that as a Board Member he feels that he can make a useful and candid contribution to discussions, helping the Board to make the correct decisions in relation to important matters and on a day off we would find him walking in the Brecon Beacons or swimming outdoors at his local Lido.
With 30 years in the health and voluntary sectors, and 10 years in the housing sector, having previously worked for The British Red Cross and on the Board of Hospice UK and Chair of Lench’s Trust. Tina brings considerable experience of strategic development and transformation in health, wellbeing and social care. Tina is currently facilitating whole-system leadership and integrated planning of many organisations working together to redesign service for their population.
Tina believes that good quality social housing creates a positive cycle of personal, community and economic contribution, independence, resilience and growth. And that a good social housing provider is as much about people as it is about business. A fun fact about Tina is that she has scuba-dived with sharks and manta-rays and the advice she’d give to her teenage self would be ‘Aim for what you enjoy, and put up with some of what you don’t, in order to get there.’
With 28 years in the Housing and Construction sector having previously worked for Taylor Wimpey, Midland Heart, SARH and currently working for Cannock Chase District Council, Craig has considerable expertise in property maintenance and repairs, health and safety, contract management, procurement and tenant liaison.
When asked why Craig chose to become a Board member, Craig said he “is passionate about the most vulnerable people in our society and will always endeavour to help and improve the lives of those less fortunate in any way that I can.” Craig has a rock star alter-ego and enjoys collecting records and watching live music in his spare time.
Gareth has 7 years experience within the local government and 30 years in the manufacturing industry, having previously worked for Ford Motor Company, BSA Group, Unicorn Industries and the National Health Service. Gareth has considerable experience at a senior level in both finance management and organisational development.
Gareth is a Stoke City Season ticket holder and on a day off we’d find him walking in the Staffordshire Moorlands or Trentham Gardens. Advice that he would give his teenage self would be ‘Per ardua ad astra’, which is a Latin phrase meaning "through hardships to the stars" and is the motto of many organisations including the Royal Air Force.
Richard is an independent Board member with over 20 years of regeneration and development experience having worked within both the public and private sector in the South East and West Midlands. Richard has formerly worked for Stafford Borough Council, Shropshire Council, Jacobs, Medway Unitary and Kent County Council and is currently the Director of Regeneration for City of Wolverhampton Council.
Economic Development, planning, housing, physical regeneration, programme management, strategic partnership, property development and land acquisition are all areas of expertise which Richard brings to the Board.
Vivien has 25 years experience in the finance and housing sector having previously worked for Shipleys, BDO, Dane Housing. Vivien has been a chartered accountant for 25 years and spent 11 years in audit which included managing the audits of large housing associations. Since then, Vivien spent 12 years as a financial controller/director at Dane Housing (later Plus Dane Housing).
Vivien has been self employed since 2015 working for owner-managing businesses advising on accounting and tax matters with some housing consultancy and brings finance, risk, governance, change/project management and development expertise to the Board. A fun fact about Vivien is that she could have been a dance teacher.
With over 36 years in the Housing Sector, having previously worked for Derwent Living and the Acis Group. Commercial development and business operations; property development in affordable housing, market rent, outright sale and student accommodation; corporate services including HR, ITC and marketing and Corporate Governance are all areas of expertise which Paul brings to the Board.