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Our Board

Our Board provides the leadership, strategic direction and scrutiny to enable Sovereign to achieve its social purpose, while growing sustainably.

The Board is supported by a committee structure with Board members and independent specialists, covering Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Treasury and Development.

As part of our commitment to best practice, the Board follows the National Housing Federation’s Excellence in Governance code.


Board members

Gordon Holdcroft

Gordon Holdcroft, Chair
Appointed 2017 (Joined Sovereign Board in 2010)

Spectrum Property Care (Board member)
A former chief executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors at Board level.

 

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson
Appointed 2016 (Joined Sovereign Board in 2014)
Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Development Committee
A senior private sector executive with business interests including corporate governance and compliance, strategy and brand, financial and investment planning, Board and stakeholder management and communications.


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Lee Bambridge
Appointed 2016 (Joined Sovereign Board in 2013)
Treasury Committee (Chair), Audit and Risk Committee
Finance Director of Newbury Building Society since July 2007. Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer. Previously worked in the aerospace industry.

 

Jennifer Dykes

Jennifer Dykes
Appointed 2016 (Joined Sovereign Board in 2016)
Resident Board member, Audit and Risk Committee

Former NHS manager Jennifer has been a social housing resident for over 40 years. Her focus is on ensuring Sovereign remains a strong organisation, committed to maintaining high standards of service and providing housing for those in need.

 
Stuart Laird

 Stuart Laird 
Appointed 2016
Development Committee (Chair), Spectrum Property Care (Board member)

A senior executive with a proven track record in facilities management and outsourcing markets, with expertise in leading on property acquisitions and disposals.


Simon Lindley
Appointed 2016
(Joined Spectrum Board in 2013)
Spectrum Property Care (Chair), Treasury Committee

An experienced housing association executive member and chair, Simon runs financial consultancy businesses across the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA.



Claire O’Shaughnessy

Claire O’Shaughnessy
Appointed 2016
(Joined Spectrum Board in 2016)
Treasury Committee, Development Committee

Claire helped set up the Homes and Communities Agency before leading many of its major land, regeneration and investment programmes from 2008 to 2014. Claire brings experience from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Deloitte Real Estate as a director in real estate consulting.


Christine Turner

Christine Turner
Appointed 2016
(Joined Spectrum Board in 2010)
Remuneration Committee (Chair)

With over 30 years’ experience in social housing as a senior executive, board member and regulator, Christine brings particular expertise on low cost home ownership, regeneration and customer involvement. 


Ann Santry

Ann Santry CBE
Appointed 2016
Experienced housing association chief executive, chair of the Consortium of Associations in the South East (CASE) and a non-executive director of the States of Jersey Development Company.



Mark Hattersley

Mark Hattersley
Appointed 2016

Sovereign’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark brings experience from both commercial and charitable sectors as a former finance director of Birmingham Airport and Staffordshire University.