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.
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 Chair of both Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and both their Councils of Governors. 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, a Non-Executive Director at McCarthy & Stone (Shared Ownership), and Chair of Business South's housing network. Previously, he was the Senior Independent Director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Naleena is a strategic HR thought leader with a mindset to deliver and operationalise a company’s strategy, coupled with resilience to drive results. She previously served as Global HR Director at Lebara and Head Talent Acquisition for Infosys. Currently, as Hyperoptic’s Chief People Officer, Naleena is helping the company scale new heights in its growth journey by establishing best practice across culture transformation, talent acquisition, organisational capability and talent management. In her previous non-executive director roles at Reach4 Academy and PurpleBeach she has helped clients from global corporates to small start-ups, across multiple industries and sectors, looking to take on a ‘scary’ transformation journey. She has a successful track record in building the “people agenda” for growth organisations. She has a special affinity for digital and tech/product/telecoms organisations. She is an economist by background, with a Masters in Business Administration.
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.
Anne-Marie Mountifield is an inspirational leader, having spent more than 20 years of her career in senior roles in Further Education, the Civil Service, Local government and for the past 10 years as Chief Executive at Solent LEP. Her work at Solent LEP has involved leading the delivery of an investment programme worth £1.5 billion to support businesses, people, and the local economy. A Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2020 Anne-Marie was awarded Chartered Director of the Year for London and the Southeast. She is also a non-executive director of Maritime UK and a member of the National Maritime UK Council and a ‘Women into Maritime Ambassador’.
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.
Jo was appointed to the VIVID board in July 2023. She is also a Non-Executive Director for two Housing Associations. At Moat Homes, based in Kent, she held the office of Senior Independent Director from 2019-2021 and currently chairs the Customer & Community Committee ensuring the voice of residents is heard and acted upon. At Dolphin Housing based in Westminster, Jo brings the voice of the customer to the board discussions. Jo is also a Non-Executive Director for Ofsted, having joined the board in August 2022 to oversee the delivery of a new 5 year strategy to raise standards and improve lives. Jo has over 15 years’ experience of driving Customer Experience improvement in a multi-national and multi-channel environment having been Executive Head of Customer and Service Operations for Marks & Spencer PLC.
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.
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.
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.
For transparent management of our board membership and shareholding
Here's the register of interests from our Board Members and Co-Optees
Decisions taken by the board: 21 September 2023 (PDF, 140kb)
Decisions taken by the board: 20 July 2023 (PDF, 163kb)
Decisions taken by the board: 22 June 2023 (PDF, 181kb)
Decisions taken by the board: 23 March 2023 (PDF, 150kb)
Decisions taken by the board: 9 February 2023 (PDF, 145kb)
Decisions taken by the board: 17 November 2022 (PDF, 166kb)
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