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Boards and Executive Team

The Board for each company is responsible for

  • Ensuring there is effective governance and internal controls to meet regulatory and statutory requirements
  • Ensuring that the company meets its objectives and the group objectives
  • Ensuring that the business of the company is conducted according to our standing orders
  • Setting the strategy for the company
  • Risk control and management

Our Board members are recruited by open advertisement and skill based interviews and bring a broad range of skills and expertise

Andy Ballard Group Chair
Andy Ballard

(Independent Member)
Neil Chambers Neil Chambers
(Chair of Resources Committee)
(Independent Member)
Peter Archer Peter Archer
(Chair of Audit Committee)
(Independent Member)
Ed Osborn Ed Osborn
(Chair of Oakleaf Commercial Services)
(Independent Member)
Kaye Law-Fox Kaye Law-Fox
(Chair of Wyre Forest Community Housing)
(Independent Member)
Martin Jukes Martin Jukes
(Chair of Worcestershire TeleCare)
(Independent Member)
Andrew Fry Andrew Fry
(Chair of Remuneration Committee)
(Independent Member)
David Chantler David Chantler
(Chair of Vestia Community Trust)
(Independent Member)
Richard Collins Richard Collins
(Chair of Central Tenants Forum)
(Central Tenants Forum Member)
Ray Brookes Ray Brookes
(Group Chief Executive)
(Executive Member)
Kaye Law-Fox Chair
Kaye Law-Fox

(Independent Member)
Vacant Vacant
(Community Member)
Paul Smith Paul Smith
(Independent Member)
Neville Rowe Neville Rowe
(Independent Member)
Vander Browning Vander Browning
(Central Tenants Forum Member)
Yvonne Leishman Yvonne Leishman
(Executive Member)
Martin Jukes Chair
Martin Jukes

(Independent Member)
Helen Southwell Helen Southwell
(Fortis Living)
Louise Lee Louise Lee
(Fortis Living)
Nicola Inchbald Nicola Inchbald
(Rooftop Housing)
Ron Davis Ron Davis
(Councillor Representative)
Andrew Foster Andrew Foster
(Independent Member)
Yvonne Leishman Yvonne Leishman
(Executive Member)
Ed Osborn Chair
Ed Osborn

(Independent Member)
David Guy David Guy
(Independent Member)
Alistair Black Vacancy
(Independent Member)
Vacant Vacant
(Community Member)
Diane Smith Diane Smith
(Independent Member)
John Coyne John Coyne
(Independent Member)
Vacant Vacant
(Independent Member)
David Chantler OBE Chair
David Chantler OBE

(Independent Member)
John Mace John Mace
(Independent Member)
Stephen Clee Stephen Clee
(Community Member)
Richard Haynes Richard Haynes
(Independent Member)
Rosemary Carter Rosemary Carter
(Independent Member)
No Photo Vacant
(Service User Co-Optee)
Sam Pratley Sam Pratley
(Independent Member)
Jane Preece Jane Preece
(Independent Member)
Marina Banner Marina Banner
(Executive Member)
Ray Brookes Group Chief Executive
Ray Brookes

Brief Career History and Experience
Ray joined Wyre Forest District Council in March 1983 as a Senior Maintenance Officer and progressed through the organisation to become Head of Housing in 1994. He was the Lead Officer for the transfer process and set up the Shadow Board of Wyre Forest Community Housing in 1997.
When the Council transferred its stock in March 2000 to Wyre Forest Community Housing Ray was appointed as Chief Executive.
Now that the Company has moved on to become a group structure, Ray continues as the Group Chief Executive.

Current Responsibilities
The Company's senior executive in overall control of the management of the affairs of the Group.
Responsible for advising on the formulation of Group strategy and for the co-ordination and effectiveness of the Group in accordance with its Memorandum and Articles, Standing Orders, Business Plan, Policies and Practices and the Housing Corporations Regulatory Framework.
David Knowlton Deputy Group Chief Executive and Company Secretary
David Knowlton

Brief Career History and Experience
David joined Wyre Forest Community Housing after 10 years as Group Finance Director at Sanctuary Housing Group, the fourth largest Housing Company in the UK with over 35,000 properties.
Earlier in his career, David held senior positions at three other Midland based Housing Associations, Midland Area and Bournville Village Trust and Spiral Housing Association and lived in Wyre Forest prior to moving south to Hertfordshire in 1989. He moved back to the area on taking up his post with the Group.

Current Responsibilities
As the Deputy Group Chief Executive, David has responsibility for all Finance, Information Technology, Facilities Management, Payroll, Non-Housing Property Management, Risk and Project Management and Company Secretarial matters.
Yvonne Leishman Managing Director
Yvonne Leishman

Brief Career History and Experience
Yvonne has worked in housing for 30 years and has experience across a number of sectors including Housing Associations, large Metropolitan Council and LSVT's. In her senior positions she has been responsible for the development and implementation of corporate and organisational strategies including:
  • Review of housing management, allocations, homelessness and ASB services
  • Tenant Involvement
  • The implementation of integrated Care and Housing IT systems
  • Strategies which attracted major regeneration and development funding for the local communities during changing political and financial environments
  • Promotion of modern support services including telecare opportunities
  • The development of new homes to meet community needs

Yvonne is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and is a past President. She is a member of the CIH Governing Board.

Current Responsibilities
As Managing Director for Wyre Forest Community Housing Yvonne is responsible for the strategic delivery of services covering Care, Housing Management, Telecare, Development and Regeneration.
Marina Banner Executive Director of Vestia and Corporate Services
Marina Banner

Brief Career History and Experience
2000 – 2004 Strategy & Marketing Manager, Wyre Forest Community Housing
2004 - 2005 Head of Business Strategy & Company Development
2005 - 2010 Group Director (Strategy & Business Development), The Community Housing Group
2010 to date Executive Director (Vestia & Corporate Services)
Marina is committed to the pursuit of Business Excellence and was the first person to receive a personal Ambassador of Excellence Award from Midlands Excellence in 2005. In this role she has supported a number of statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations to improve their businesses over the last 10 years and more recently to adopt Lean thinking.

Current Responsibilities
The Director responsible for Vestia Community Trust, securing funding and delivering projects to meet the Group's targets and aspirations for sustainable communities.
Director responsible for the delivery of the following corporate services for the Group:
  • Governance & Board Development
  • Regulation
  • IT
  • Communications
  • Human Resources and Health & Well Being
  • Marketing & PR
  • Market Research
  • Customer Involvement
  • Stakeholder communications and Involvement
  • Customer feedback & Complaints
  • External Funding
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Planning
  • Business Development
  • Business Improvement
  • Performance Monitoring

Deputy Company Secretary
Ian Hancock Managing Director, Oakleaf Commercial Services
Ian Hancock

Brief Career History and Experience
Ian trained in his early career as a Building Surveyor in the private sector. He later joined Knightstone Housing and Magna Housing Group delivering various construction and maintenance services.
Ian joined the Group in 2005 as Director of Asset Management before becoming Managing Director of Oakleaf on its inception in December 2013.

Current Responsibilities
Responsible for the Group's Asset Management Strategy and to deliver front line Repairs Services, Investment Programmes and the Customer Service Centre.
Responsible for delivering the Oakleaf Commercial Services Ltd Business Plan objectives.
Supporting the Executive Team in developing and delivering the strategic and operational plans for the Group and subsidiary companies.
Nick Parker (Interim) Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods
Nick Parker

Brief Career History and Experience
Nick has worked in public, private and voluntary sectors specialising in housing management, regeneration and more recently support services. Between 2003 and 2012 Nick managed a Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder in Wyre Forest and was a member of the Department for Communities and Local Government Working Group looking at Neighbourhood Management.
Over 20 years, Nick managed several large inner-city housing estates in London before leading the country's largest Housing Co-operative. He then spent 5 years as part of a team managing stock transfers of estates from both Hackney and Islington Council to Peabody Trust.

Current Responsibilities
Nick is responsible for the delivery of responsive, high quality neighbourhood services, lettings, shared ownership and supporting WFCH meet future housing needs though effective use of assets and new developments.
Dave Hanman Director of Independent Living Services
Dave Hanman

Brief Career History and Experience
Dave has worked in Care, and associated Services, for 35 years and has experience of mental health nursing, managing nursing and residential homes, domiciliary care services, supported housing and day services. He has experience of delivering services to a range of client groups including: mental health; dementia; older people; learning disabilities; young people
Dave has worked across statutory and voluntary sectors and since 2003 has worked in the housing sector, mainly focusing on Care & Support services, but more latterly combining this with Housing Management services.

Current Responsibilities
As Director for Independent Living Services, Dave is responsible for the strategic delivery of services through Care & Support24 and WorcestershireTelecare.