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 manages the day to day running of the business.

The Board, which meets regularly through the year, is supported by two committees and five challenge & assurance panels, which provide detailed governance oversight of different areas of Stonewater’s operations.

All of our committees and challenge & assurance panels include both Board and independent members.

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

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Chairman: Sheila Collins

Sheila has a wealth of experience in the governance of large complex organisations as well as that of smaller charities. She has served at board and trustee level across a number of different not-for-profit sectors including roles on the boards of Bournemouth University and McMillan Caring Locally. A retired solicitor, Sheila also brings a commercial perspective and a passion for the diversity and inclusion agenda.

Sheila was previously chairman of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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CEO: 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.

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Anne Dokov

Chair of Governance & People Challenge & Assurance Panel

Chair of Nominations & Remuneration Committee

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.

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Jennifer Bennett

Chair of Value Creation Challenge & Assurance Panel

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. She is a founding member of Portsmouth Housing Community Trust established in 2019.

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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.

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Hugh Shields

Chair of Risk & Assurance Committee

Chair of Stonewater Funding plc

Hugh’s career has spanned a variety of complex organisations, including investment banking where he has held a number of directorships. His career has also encompassed leading on policy development within the accounting profession and responding to the digital challenge, most recently through work for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Hugh’s interest in social housing and the wider not-for-profit sector is informed by his association with the homeless charity, Centrepoint, and his role as a member of the Church Commissioners’ Audit Committee.

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Doug Wright

Chair of Assets & Development Challenge & Assurance Panel

Chair of Stonewater Developments Limited

Chair of Stonewater Commercial Limited

Chair of Stonewater Procurement Limited

Doug is a Finance and Development professional who worked for Nationwide Britain’s largest Building Society for 25 years. Doug initially worked as a Branch Manager but was subsequently employed by the development subsidiary Nationwide Housing Trust, building mixed tenure housing schemes including homes for sale together with private and social housing for rent.

On leaving Nationwide Doug established his own consultancy, specialising in finance for vulnerable homeowners who couldn't access finance to repair and improve their homes. In this role Doug worked closely with Local Authorities and Government carrying out research work which led to Doug establishing Art Homes Ltd which made loans to the vulnerable homeowners.

Doug has been a Board Member of a range of organisations over the last 30 years including: Shape: Witton Lodge: Wrekin: Marches: Jephson and currently Stonewater Housing Associations.

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Juliana Crowe

Chair of Customer Experience Challenge & Assurance Panel

Juliana has over 25 years’ experience of working in the social housing sector, most recently as the Housing director for a large Midlands- based housing group. 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.

In her spare time, Juliana is helping to build a school in the upper region of Ghana in memory of her father.

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Tariq Kazi

Tariq is a professional accountant and corporate treasurer, who has experience of working across different sectors, including audit, commercial banking and local authorities, as well as the housing sector. He is currently Head of Treasury at Optivo 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. He is also a current member of the National Housing Federation’s Board Member Group on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

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Andrew Lawrence

Chair of Finance Challenge & Assurance Panel

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.

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Chris Edis

Chris is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in top tier financial services institutions. An experienced executive and finance director, Chris is currently the CFO of Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc, bringing experience in strategy, and treasury, liquidity, and capital management.

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Angus Michie

Angus is a qualified Chartered Surveyor in the planning and development discipline with 30 years’ experience in the residential development industry. He has a real passion for creating places for people to live that are attractive, well designed and sustainable. Angus spent 25 years with the Berkeley Group.  As Divisional Chairman of a number of their operating businesses in London, the South East and the Midlands, he was responsible for a number of the Groups joint ventures with the Prudential and various local authorities. Angus is the Managing Director of SevenCapital who are a developer of residential and mixed use communities across London, the Midlands and the South East.