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Our Executive Board

While the Board is responsible for the effective governance of the business, day to day management is delegated to the Executive Board members.


Executive Board members

Ann Santry
Ann Santry CBE
Chief Executive

Ann is an experienced housing chief executive, having led Sovereign since 1999. Former roles include Chief Executive of the Swaythling Housing Society in Southampton and Development Director for the Guinness Trust. She is chair of CASE, a lobby group on housing issues in the south east, and a non-executive director of the States of Jersey Development Company.


Richard Hill

Richard Hill
Deputy Chief Executive

Before joining Sovereign, Richard led Spectrum for three years as chief executive from 2013. Before Spectrum he held various senior roles at the Homes and Communities Agency, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Programmes where he had responsibility for a range of high profile housing and research programmes and an investment of £5 billion annually.


Mark Hattersley

Mark Hattersley
Chief Financial Officer

Mark’s previous roles included Finance Director in the commercial sector at Birmingham Airport and in the charitable sector with Staffordshire University. Mark joined Sovereign in 2015.



Heather Bowman
Heather Bowman
Chief Operating Officer

Heather has broad experience leading a range of service areas. Her former roles include Executive Director for Housing and Communities as well as Managing Director for former subsidiary Sovereign South+West.



Phil Stephens

Phil Stephens
Executive Director – Development and Commercial
Phil has delivered major development programmes across both affordable and private sectors. Formerly Regional Director for Willmott Dixon, Phil has been on the Board of the Housing Forum since 2014.



Anne Wildeman
Anne Wildeman
Executive Director – People and Change

Anne is the former Group Director of HR and Business Services at Spectrum, where she’d overseen facilities and office accommodation, HR, payroll as well as learning and development since 1999. Anne is a qualified Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) practitioner.



Steve Barford

Steve Barford
Executive Director - Property

Steve has extensive experience in construction, the majority of which has been in the private sector, including commercial estates and facilities management with national infrastructure company, Amey PLC.



Paul Bryan

Paul Bryan
Managing Director - Spectrum Property Care
Paul has led Spectrum Property Care since 2007, having played an integral role in setting up the commercial subsidiaries. A qualified Chartered Management Accountant, Paul held a range of senior roles at Spectrum including Group Financial Controller and Group Director of Finance and ITC.