Our Board makes sure we're always one step ahead by looking to the future. It means we’re well set up to achieve what we aim to, in a strong and decent way, and keep delivering what our customers need – ‘More homes, bright futures’. And they look at the present to make sure we’re well run. They look at how we’re performing by keeping a close eye on the services we provide our customers and how well we’re managing our finances.
You can view our board member salaries in our Annual review and financial statements (PDF 9MB)
Here’s a bit more about who they are and what they bring to the team.
Charles, Board Chair, is new to the sector and brings a wealth of public, private and third sector experience. His background in the private sector consists of 25 years at Rothschilds and over 10 years with General Electric. With board positions and directorships across a range of globally quoted companies, a number of Non-Executive Director roles in the public and private sector, he is also currently Chair of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. His knowledge and experience will help us continue to take our organisation forward to achieve our vision of “more homes, bright futures”.
Mark became Chief Executive of VIVID in April 2017 from his role as Chief Executive of Sentinel and previously as Group Commercial Director at Affinity Sutton, now Clarion. Mark’s well known in the sector with over 25 years of experience in housing and is a key business figure in the region and beyond. He also has a strong commercial background and a master’s degree in business administration. Mark is Chair of the National Housing Federation’s South East Sounding Board and a Non-Executive Director at McCarthy & Stone (Shared Ownership). Prior to this, he was the Senior Independent Director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Sandeep is a capital markets professional with over 20 years of experience in investment banking at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. In a long career of 17 years in the latter, his last role was that of Chairman of the Debt Capital Market Solutions group, having led an EMEA wide team, specialising in financial institutions and debt finance across global markets. He is currently building OWNR, a prop-tech start-up in the residential real estate market in Germany as its co-founder and CFO. Sandeep graduated as a Chemical Engineer and worked with Unilever for 8 years, prior to doing his MBA (with Distinction) at London Business School.
Responsible for maintaining our financial strength and sound governance, Duncan, Chief Finance Officer at VIVID, makes sure our development plans are fully funded and our technology helps us deliver our services and ambitions. Duncan’s a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in the housing sector. He previously spent six years with KPMG where he provided financial planning and risk management services to some high-profile clients before moving into the housing sector.
Liam has over 30 years’ experience in the Banking industry in a variety of roles spanning retail, commercial and wholesale banking in his role as Treasurer at 3 banking organisations. Liam worked as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and subsequently Chief Executive Officer at The Co-operative Bank plc from May 2016 through to July 2018. Prior to joining The Co-operative Bank plc, Liam was Deputy Group Treasurer and Group Head of Capital Management at RBS Group and Group Director, Treasury at Nationwide Building Society. Liam is currently Chairman of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is also a Non Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at the Financial Conduct Authority. He is an Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance (ACIB) and an Associate of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, he holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a BA (Hons) from The University of Manchester.
Jonathan Cowie is our Chief Operating Officer, leading all our customer-facing services, including customer service, repairs and assets, neighbourhoods, community investment and service transformation. With a professional service background, he brings a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of transformation and service delivery within social housing, as well as wider insight leading service in the international telecoms and utility sectors. He’s also a Non-Executive Director for the Institute of Customer Service, helping to raise standards of service across the UK. Prior to joining us, Jonathan was Chief Executive of City West Homes in Westminster, where he implemented a five-year strategic plan to re-focus the organisation on customer priorities and as COO at Sovereign Housing, led the design and build for service delivery and resident engagement.
For over ten years, Jane's held a number of non-executive appointments for government bodies, anti-fraud companies and social enterprises. Before this, she worked in various local authorities. And from 1999 to 2003, was Chief Executive of Wokingham Unitary Council. In 2003, Jane joined the Civil Service to become the first director of the Assets Recovery Agency – a body set up to remove the proceeds of crime and with the informal strap line of “making bad people miserable!”.
Philip was a Chartered Surveyor in a private practice, running his own business for many years after having spent 10 years as a UK Director for Royal and Sun Alliance Property Services. He has 15 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director in the sector and has recently completed his term as Chair of English Churches Housing Group.
Mike is our Group Development & New Business Director responsible for the delivery of our development projects, sales and new business. A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Mike oversees our new build development programme, which is set to deliver 17,000 new homes over the next 10 years including major regeneration projects and innovative joint venture initiatives. With over 15 years’ experience in housing development, Mike spearheads our approach to reduce the carbon footprint of our new homes and carbon neutrality in construction, as well as our drive to become a leading developer of offsite manufactured homes. In addition to his role at VIVID, Mike is also Chair of Bargate Homes, and responsible for ensuring that we maintain our position as the leading developer of new and affordable homes.
Lynda is Chief Executive of Harworth Group Plc, one of the UK’s leading regeneration businesses specialising in industrial and logistics and residential development. Prior to Harworth, Lynda was Group Property Director at Town Centre Securities Ltd where she was responsible for their investment and development portfolios. She’s a Chartered Management Accountant and has worked in real estate for over 20 years. During her extensive career Lynda has led corporate real estate businesses at BT and the Co-op, Manchester Airports Group and the real estate lending business at Lloyds, and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership’s £9bn Real Estate Fund Management business. She’s also managed a number of large residential portfolios. And her experience in bringing land forward for development is a great asset to our business.
Jean-Marc has 20 years’ experience in the property, retail and consumer goods industries. His current role as Chief Executive at PLATFORM – a fully-integrated investor, developer, operator and asset manager of purpose-built residential communities throughout the UK – gives him a unique insight into the changing rental market. Jean-Marc also sits at the Industry Property Forum strategic board and the British Property Federation residential board. He previously worked with the Boston Consulting Group and British Land, which has given him a broad strategic perspective to help guide our organisation.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Shena is Chair of the Stanstead Airport Consultative Committee, and a Non-Executive Director at Guinness Care, a subsidiary of the Guinness Partnership. Prior to this she followed a career in finance, primarily in the retail sector which culminated in being Chief Financial Officer at Carpetright plc where she spent 5 years. Since then she has held a very extensive and varied portfolio of non-executive director and chair roles. This has spanned corporates, the NHS and other not-for-profit organisations.
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Here's the declarations of interest from our Board memebers and Co-Optees
We’re regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing, which is the regulation arm of the Homes and Communities Agency. We also work with other partners including the National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing, development companies, local authorities and county councils.Go to the gov.uk website