Mark Washer, CEO

Sovereign announces its new Chief Executive 

Date: 23 April 2018 

Sovereign is pleased to announce Mark Washer has been appointed as its new Chief Executive. Mark is currently Chief Financial Officer of Clarion Housing and will join Sovereign in the summer, taking over the leadership from Ann Santry.

A highly skilled executive and non-executive, with 25 years in the housing sector, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of growing successful and dynamic organisations.

Speaking about the appointment, Gordon Holdcroft, Chair, said: “I’m really pleased that Mark has agreed to join us as our new Chief Executive. He’ll bring fresh thinking, high energy and strong leadership to Sovereign, helping us to continue to transform the business and make a real difference to people’s lives.

“As we welcome Mark, we’ll also be saying goodbye to Ann Santry. I’d like to thank her, both personally and on behalf of the Board, for her unwavering commitment to Sovereign over the past 18 years. Without her, Sovereign wouldn’t be in the strong position it is now, with the capacity, financial strength and influence to help even more people in housing need. She leaves an excellent legacy for Mark to build on.”

Mark Washer commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Sovereign. Ann is an incredibly hard act to follow, but I’m looking forward to leading the organisation through the next phase in its history.

“Sovereign is in fantastic shape. It’s financially strong, with high performing staff, who have the ambition and determination to make the difference for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a secure home, in a place they want to live.”

Ann Santry, Sovereign’s current Chief Executive said: “It’s been a privilege to lead Sovereign, It’s a wonderful organisation, which has done so much for so many people needing our support. I’m delighted that Mark Washer has agreed to join us, providing strong and experienced leadership for the next stage in Sovereign’s evolution.”

Mark will formally take-over from Ann, after a short hand-over, when she leaves the organisation in the summer.

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