Our Board

They're responsible for the management of the business

Meet our Board

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.

Board Member salaries

Mike Kirk

Mike, Board Chair, is relatively new to the sector but brings important commercial knowledge and expertise to the Board. His involvement with other charitable and not-for-profit organisations, including Portsmouth Water and TCV, is invaluable. Mike’s working career included Cazenove & Co Corporate Finance. He progressed through this UK corporate broker/investment bank to achieve Partner status. His final position was with the PR agency Weber Shandwick/Square Mile as its Managing Director.

Mark Perry

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’s part of the National Housing Federation’s Standing Board and, until recently, he’s been the senior independent director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Duncan Brown

Responsible for maintaining our financial strength and sound governance, Duncan, Director of Finance and Technology 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 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.

David French

David read Economics and Social Policy at the University of London before joining ICI plc, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. He has extensive business experience from the pharmaceutical industry, mostly Eli Lilly and Company, where he held many commercial and financial roles, both in the UK and overseas. David’s currently the Chief Financial Officer of the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. And was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the NHS hospitals in Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover.

David Mairs

With over 30 years’ experience, David’s worked in the social housing sector as a lender, specialist treasury adviser and non-executive Board member. He's currently Group Director – responsible for treasury and finance solutions – with one of the leading specialist housing consultancy groups working across the UK, Ireland and internationally. Before consultancy, David had an extensive career in the UK oil and gas sector and commercial banking.

Jane Earl

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!”.

Jean-Marc Vandevivere

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.

Lynda Shillaw

Lynda’s Divisional Chief Executive for Property at Manchester Airports Group (MAG), where she’s a member of the Executive Committee and is responsible for the non-operational land and assets including the creation of the Quantum Property vehicle and the delivery of Airport City. She’s a Chartered Management Accountant and has worked in real estate for over 20 years. Lynda’s led corporate real estate businesses at BT and the Co-op, 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 great asset to our business.

Michael Stancombe

A solicitor by profession, Michael was the Co-Chair of Global Real Estate – at one of the leading law firms – before retiring in 2013. He specialised in real estate development, investment, financing and engaged with local authorities and other stakeholders. He’s skilled in strategic thinking, business development and relationship management. Michael served on the board of the Investment Property Forum for eight years, before stepping down in June 2015. But still keeps links with the IPF. He’s a non-executive director of Yarlington Homes and a member of the supervisory board of the UBS Triton Property Fund.

Philip Raw

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.

Jo Causon

Jo has a wealth of customer experience gained in almost every sector within the UK. She is Chief Executive at the Institute of Customer Services, a position she has held for the last 10 years. Prior to this she worked in a range of high-profile businesses at Board level. Jo has engaged extensively with the social housing sector, for example liaising with the Regulator of Social Housing on some of the implications flowing from the social housing green paper on how customer centric culture and customer experience can be more effectively measured.

Decisions taken by the Board

Here's the decisions taken by the Board

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23 January 2020

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5 December 2019

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19 September 2019

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25 July 2019

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27 June 2019

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22 May 2019

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9 May 2019

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21 March 2019

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28 February 2019

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22 November 2018

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13 September 2018

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28 June 2018

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26 April 2018

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28 February 2018

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22 February 2018

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7 December 2017

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13 November 2017

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28 September 2017

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20 July 2017

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11 May 2017

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22 June 2017

Our regulator

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.

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