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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.


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
A qualified coach and transformational change practitioner, Anne has over two decades of HR experience within the housing sector. Before joining Sovereign Anne was the Group Director of Business Services & HR at Spectrum where she’d overseen Business Services, HR, payroll and Learning & Development. Anne has held a number of Non-Executive posts including the Give us a Chance consortium and sits on the IOW Pensions Board. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).


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.