Board

ANDY SPENCER

CHAIR

Andy is a chartered surveyor and experienced senior executive with a background in construction and development. He has spent many of the latter years of his career working in social housing. He is a former Group Executive Director for Sovini Ltd and has extensive experience in all aspects of asset management, property maintenance and regeneration.

SUSAN SHARDLOW

CHAIR OF AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE

TRUSTEE OF ARCH NORTH STAFFS LTD

Susan is a Finance Director for Cogen Limited, a company which develops, constructs and manages waste to energy power stations in the UK. She has extensive experience in all aspects of finance and commercial areas and is a qualified accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. She has taken a particular interest in the work of one of the domestic violence refuges at Arch and has ran a number of fundraising events, organised the provision of computer equipment and Christmas presents for the children, as well as pamper days for mothers.

ARTHUR YATES

CHAIR OF CUSTOMER SERVICES COMMITTEE

TRUSTEE OF ARCH NORTH STAFFS LTD

Arthur has managed a number of initiatives in North Staffordshire that have supported people who face unfair social and economic disadvantage. He has worked predominantly with ex-offenders, others disadvantaged in the labour market and more specifically those displaced by the decline in traditional local industries.

VAL BOURNE

MEMBER OF AUDIT & RISK AND CUSTOMER SERVICE COMMITTEES

TRUSTEE OF ARCH NORTH STAFFS LTD

Val has over 26 years’ experience in public sector housing at both operational and executive level. She is now a self-employed consultant and coach working in the public and third sector. Val retains a passion for housing and the benefits well-managed social housing brings in improved health and wellbeing for individuals and communities.

CARIS HENRY

MEMBER OF CUSTOMER SERVICES COMMITTEE

Caris is a Strategy and Transformation Consultant and has a background in social housing which has progressed into broader strategy development and change management in the public, private and third sector. He is an experienced housing board member and is currently also a non-executive director of Framework, a charity and housing association dedicated to helping homeless and vulnerable people change the direction of their lives. Caris has a master’s degree in Housing and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

FRED WRIGHT

MEMBER OF AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE

Former Chairman of Harris Sign Group Ltd, an SME manufacturing group, Fred has worked for several multinationals, including working in Brazil for the world’s largest LPV supplier, SHV Energy NV. He is a member of a business angel network based at the University of Warwick, helping early stage entrepreneurs and mature companies access funding, advice and support.

CHRIS BAIN

MEMBER OF CUSTOMER SERVICES COMMITTEE

Chris is passionate about people’s voices being heard in decision-making. He has been working in health and social care for over 20 years, including 5 years as Chair of North Warwickshire Primary Care Trust and 11 years at Age Concern England. Chris currently works for Healthwatch and has just completed 4 years as a non-executive director at an acute NHS trust.

KARL DEAN

MEMBER OF CUSTOMER SERVICES COMMITTEE

Karl has worked in the housing, care and support sector for the majority of his career and has held a number of senior leadership positions. He is currently Managing Director of MioCare Group, a local authority social care trading company based in Oldham. Karl’s experience brings together housing knowledge and commercial expertise.

WILL WRIGHT

Board Member William Wright

MEMBER OF AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE

Will is a Chartered Accountant and the Group Financial Controller at Horizon Care and Education Group. The business operates in the education and residential care sector and focuses on helping children and young people. Having previously worked in financial services, Will’s balance of social and commercial perspectives ensures that business decisions are made to meet the best interests of all stakeholders.

REBECCA NEILL

Board Member Rebecca Neill

MEMBER OF AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE

Rebecca is an experienced director and qualified accountant with a degree in social policy. She initially trained as an auditor with a top ‘four’ accountancy firm, before becoming Head of Audit in a metropolitan borough council. Her most recent role has been Director of Assurance in a large housing provider with responsibilities for risk, audit, policy, health & safety, insurance and resilience.

DIANE LEA

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE
BOARD MEMBER 

Diane is Chief Executive of the Staffordshire Housing Group. She is passionate about delivering quality services that support people to live the best lives they can, realising potential, and striving to be the best business we can be. She is Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent Health & Wellbeing Board. She has an MBA in Housing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.