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 five functional committees. The housing committee, which monitors service delivery, includes five independent places and we also have an independent member on the risk and assurance committee.

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

Stonewater Board

Chair: Mr George Blunden MA

Profession: Investment Banker

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.

Deputy Chair: Dr Michael Collins DBA, MBA, LL.B, FCII

Profession: Barrister

Michael has had a long career in senior positions in the IT and financial services sectors. Previously he was a Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Broker Network Holdings (Insurance organisation) and until retirement Managing Director of Countrywide plc (property law firm). In 2003 Michael was awarded a Doctorate in Business Administration by Kingston University. He is a Non Executive Director of Teachers Housing Association. Committee Membership: Digital and IT Strategy (Chair)

Nicholas Harris

Profession: Chief Executive Officer

Nicholas is Stonewater's CEO 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.

Patrick Symington

Risk and Assurance Committee Chair

Profession: Housing Association Executive Director and Consultant

Patrick is a finance professional originally from the private sector but with long experience in the housing sector as an executive director, non-executive director and consultant.

Patrick was until recently Finance, Governance and ICT Director at First Wessex where he was also responsible for the corporate business transformation programme. He is currently a housing consultant and interim executive.

Mrs Sheila Collins LLB Solicitor (Retired) TEP

Profession: Solicitor

As a solicitor, Sheila specialised in law for the elderly. Prior to joining the Board she was, for 12 years, Chair of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust. She is now a member of the Board of Bournemouth University.

Committee Membership: Governance and HR (Chair), Assets and Development

Mrs Anne Dokov BA, MSc, Chartered FCIPD

Profession: HR Director

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.

Mr Peter Hammond FCCA BA

Chair of Stonewater Funding plc

Profession: Accountant

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

Profession: Retired

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

Profession: Banker

A banker with extensive experience of leading, motivating and directing multi-functional and diverse teams John is currently CEO of Zenith Bank UK Ltd. His interests include property development, leadership and change management. Committee membership: Finance (Chair), Digital and IT Strategy.

Mr Doug Wright ACIB, DMsc

Profession: Retired development and finance professional – Nationwide Building Society.

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

Executive Director Group

Sue Shirt

Executive Director - Housing

Sue has 29 years of housing experience operating at an executive level in a range of organisations for the last 13 years.

Sue joined Jephson as Director Midlands in 2010. Prior to this her roles included housing consultant for a range of organisations, Managing Director and Operations Director for an LSVT and as Head of Service, leading the transformation of an under performing district council housing service into an above average authority and the regeneration of a former coal field area.

She is a graduate in Economics, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. Sue is regional board member for the Chartered Institute of Housing and a trustee for a domestic violence charity.

Sue is driven by a strong moral compass, determined to use her personal skills and influence to deliver exceptional services; She is a pragmatic, motivated leader who seeks to drive organisational and individual ambition, with sound business management and value for money as a way of life.

Sue is responsible for Housing Services, including, Housing Management, Supported Housing, Retirement Living and services to Home Owners.

Scott Baxendale

Executive Director - Assets

Scott has 29 years experience in the housing sector and has been working in an executive capacity for 14 years, 8 of which at Group level. He has extensive experience of change management and performance improvement. He joined Raglan as part of a new executive team charged with turning around the business. He has extensive experience of business transformation, having undertaken two stock transfers, worked on the formation of Paragon Community Housing Group in 2007 and more recently the successful turnaround at Raglan Housing Association and formation of Stonewater, the merger between Raglan and Jephson Housing Groups in 2015.

He has been a LSVT board member and Chair of a Committee, a Senior Management Team member of a Local Housing Company and an Executive Team member of two Housing Groups. He is an UK Company Director for Resolve ASB (formerly the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group), a national lobbying and best practice organisation.

Scott is responsible for Stonewater’s asset services. Key objectives are to improve asset values to generate additional financial capacity whilst transforming services to meet the expectations of future generations.

John Bruton

Executive Director - Finance

Before the formation of Stonewater John had been Director of Finance at Raglan since 2001.

Previously he was Financial Controller at Metropolitan Housing Partnership and did audit and advisory work at KPMG.

He is a Chartered Accountant and has a postgraduate degree in mathematics.

David Blower

Executive Director - Corporate Services

David is Stonewater's Corporate Services Director, having previously been Jephson Group Finance Director since 2005. Previous to this he held a number of senior finance positions at Orbit Housing Group and has worked in the sector since 1993.

David is responsible for Stonewater’s IT, HR, assurance, innovation, governance and communications services. He drives transformation in these areas to deliver the Group’s ambitions.

David is a chartered certified accountant and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Jonathan Layzell

Executive Director - Development

Jonathan Layzell is Stonewater's Executive Director for Development, having previously been Assistant Director of Development for Stonewater and for Raglan Housing Association.

Jonathan has an extensive background in delivering new homes with a particular personal interest in rural housing and the long term sustainability of rural communities. Jonathan is also interested in how Registered Providers can use investment in new homes to support the growth of the construction sector as well as the wider economy - Stonewater's development programme is strong and ambitious and is among the largest in the sector.

Jonathan is responsible for the strategic delivery of Stonewater’s housing development programmes including the implementation of innovative affordable rental and shared ownership schemes.

Stonewater currently owns and manages around 30,000 homes, and plans to build a minimum of 5,000 new affordable homes across a broad geographic area in the period to 2025.