Management and governance

Stonewater is governed by a Board, the role of which is to provide overall strategic direction and ensure that the organisation is meeting its aims and objectives.

The Executive Director Group manage the day to day running of the business.

The Board, which meets regularly through the year, is supported by six committees, which provide detailed governance oversight of different areas of Stonewater’s operations. The housing committee, which monitors service delivery, includes five independent places and we also have an independent member on the risk & assurance committee and the digital & IT task and finish group.

Board members have a wide range of skills and experience that reflect our services, our customers and the size and strength of the business.

Meet our Board

Chair: Mr George Blunden MA

Experienced in the affordable housing sector, having been Chair of Southern Housing Group, George is Chair of the Charity Bank, which provides affordable loan finance to those charitable and social organisations who might find it difficult to access loans from commercial banks. He is also a non-executive Director of Beazley plc, an insurance company. He began his career as a community worker, had a spell in industry before moving to the City where he was a director of a number of financial institutions.

Nicholas Harris

Nicholas became Stonewater’s CEO in 2016, having been CEO of Raglan Housing Association since January 2010. Previous to this, he held the CEO position at Raven Housing Trust for seven years and Group Operations Directors for the Swaythling Housing Group for seven years. He has extensive experience in both the social housing sector and local authorities and considerable knowledge in socio-economic regeneration matters.

Mrs Anne Dokov BA, MSc, Chartered FCIPD

Anne’s career has been mainly in the public sector, particularly local government. She has extensive experience of governance, organisational change and development, programme management and specialist knowledge of diversity, inclusion and human resources. She is a Lay Member of the Disciplinary Tribunal for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and Stonewater’s Trustee on the Longleigh Foundation Board. Committee Membership: Housing (Chair), Governance and HR.

Jennifer Bennett LL.B

Jennifer is a nationally recognised social housing solicitor and her areas of expertise include governance, securitisation, asset management and leasehold law. During her 30 years in the sector she has also held a number of voluntary roles including as a Non Executive Director of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, an Independent Member of Winchester City Council Standards Committee, a Non Executive Director of Parity Trust which provides loan finance for community based projects and a Trustee of the Roberts Centre, a registered charity providing housing and support to families and children in Portsmouth.Jennifer is a member of the CIH.

Claire Kearney

After more than twenty years of experience in the Publishing industry, Claire now works as an Independent Technology Consultant, championing a user-centric approach to the provision of online services. Claire brings experience creating and implementing digital services which align with strategic aims alongside promoting high standards of web governance through committee experience.

Mr Peter Hammond FCCA BA

Chair of Stonewater Funding plc

Peter has over 30 years experience in the social housing and consulting sectors covering a number of key service areas including strategy, governance, risk, audit, asset management, treasury and development.He was formerly Group Finance Director for a major housing association and Director for over 25 years with HACAS/Tribal, former housing consultancies. In 2012 he founded Peter Hammond Consulting Ltd. He is also a Director of Housing Securities Ltd and of TIAA Ltd. a major provider of internal audit and business assurance services to the public sector.

Committee Membership: Finance, Assets and Development.

Mr Brian Roebuck BA, MSc, MA, CPFA

Brian previously held senior positions in finance management in the public, voluntary and private sectors. He has worked in the social housing sector since 1994.

Committee Membership: Finance, Risk and Assurance.

Mr John Weguelin

Chair of Stonewater Procurement Limited

John previously held the position of CEO at Zenith Bank UK Ltd and has extensive experience of leading, motivating and directing multi-functional and diverse teams. His interests include property development, leadership and change management.

Committee membership: Assets & Development committee, Business Design and Technology committee (Chair).

Mr Doug Wright ACIB, DMsc

Doug is financial consultant for vulnerable people for the repair and improvement of their homes. Committee membership: Assets and Development (Chair), Risk and Assurance.

Juliana Crowe BA Dip Housing MBA FCIH

Juliana is Housing and Communities Director of a West Midlands based Housing Group, with over 25 years housing experience. Previously she worked for the London Boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich. She is a member of the European Structural Investments Funds Sub Committee (ESIF) in Worcestershire. She has extensive experience at all levels of asset management, estate and housing management of inner city estates and rural affordable homes, with expertise in building sustainable communities. She has previously been the Chair of the CIH West Midlands Board, a Trustee of HACT.At the moment Juliana is helping to build a school in the upper region of Ghana in memory of her father.

Tariq Kazi

Finance Committee Chair-Designate

Tariq is a professional accountant and corporate treasurer, he has experience of working across different sectors, including audit, commercial banking and local authorities, as well as the housing sector.He is currently a finance consultant and has a special interest in people, culture and innovation. Tariq has served as a magistrate and, as a non-executive, he has undertaken a number of roles including as a member of the social housing regulation committee, membership of a housing association treasury committee and trusteeship of two charities. In addition to his role with Stonewater, he currently serves as a member of the Leasehold Advisory Service board, appointed by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Andrew Lawrence BSc, FCA

Risk & Assurance Committee Chair

Andrew is a chartered accountant with a special interest in corporate governance, strategic leadership, risk management, cultural change and innovation. Formerly a finance director in the commercial and international development sectors he now has a portfolio of non-executive director roles in organisations in which he is passionate about the organisational purpose. Andrew is Chairman of the Board of Bron Afon Community Housing, a community mutual social enterprise in South Wales, a director of Baptist Insurance Company plc, Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Intellectual Property Office and director of a number of charities.