Meet our board

Meet our Board

We believe that good governance is essential for the success of our organisation. Our Board is a crucial part of our governance framework. To learn more about our Board, please see the information below.

Tenant Board Members

Greenfields tenants, with the right skills, knowledge and experience, have the opportunity to be paid Board members.  We are proud that our tenants can provide their invaluable perspective and insight at the highest levels of the business and we also offer training and support to those who are interested.  If you would like to find out more please complete our getting involved application where one of our team will be in touch. Find the form here: Volunteering

Who’s who?

Our Board has up to eight members, three of whom can be residents. We also have the ability to co-opt two further members with specific skills, if required. All our Board members have been recruited based on their skills, knowledge and experience, either in the housing sector or other parts of the public or private sector. Since August 2018, Board members have been remunerated. The Board meets regularly to review the performance of the business. They are responsible for overseeing the delivery of our Business Plan and decide where we are going and how we will get there.

 Board chair Dale Butcher

Dale Butcher (Chairman)

Dale is the Chairman of our Board which he joined in May 2017. Dale has spent more than twenty years in the Automotive Industry in Retail and Distribution. He is currently an adviser to the Emil Frey Group of Switzerland (2012) and a Trustee of the Enthusiasm Trust Derby (2014). His areas of expertise include strategy, business planning, mergers and acquisitions and business transformation. Dale has an MSc in Management Science from Imperial College and a BSc in Economics and Statistics from the University of Surrey.

Senior Independent Director Suzanne Wicks

Suzanne Wicks (Senior Independent Director)

Suzanne has more than 25 years’ experience of working in the housing association and local government sectors. Previous roles have included Executive Director of IT & Private Sector Services at Swan Housing, Managing Director of Hera (a leasehold and PRS management subsidiary of Swan) and Managing Director of her own consultancy company.  Suzanne is currently the Executive Director of Business Transformation at Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, a newly merged 12,700 unit housing association.

Board member Cha Patel

Cha Patel

Cha has held Non-Executive and Consultancy roles in a variety of housing associations and commercial organisations.  Cha has extensive experience in chairing Audit and Risk committees and her finance background spans a long and successful career as a corporate finance specialist in the commercial sector. These specialisms include finance, risk and treasury.

Board member Alexander Shelock

Alexander Shelock

Alex is a financial director with more than 10 years’ experience in the housing sector and has a Masters degree in Economics. Alex provides the board with extensive knowledge of business planning, stress testing, investment appraisals and treasury. Alex lives within the district and is married with children.

Board member Emma Keegan

Emma Keegan

Emma has more than 20 years experience working in the housing sector, most recently as Managing Director – Rochford with Sanctuary Housing. She lives within the district.

Board member Kay Vowles

Kay Vowles

Kay has held a number of senior positions in housing associations and with the Housing Corporation. Over the last 20 years, Kay has undertaken a wide range of interim and consultancy roles and is very widely respected. Kay has an enthusiasm for Greenfields’ potential and a clear sense of future opportunities.

Board member David Russell

David Russell

David had an impressive career in the Royal Navy before stepping down and taking the role as Chief Executive of the Harpur Trust from 2002 to 2019. David has knowledge of and skill in governance, strategic planning and communications. He is a Non-Executive Director of an insurance mutual company and trustee of the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust. He brings a wealth of experience to the Greenfields Board, which he believes shares his values and commitment to social and community development.

Neil Coughlan

Neil Coughlan

Neil is a Greenfields resident and a powerful community advocate. He brings to the Board his knowledge and understanding of the issues that most concern our residents and the ability to communicate, find solutions and shape services to deal with those issues, with the staff and Board.

Co-optee Keith Carter

Keith Carter (Co-optee)

Keith is an experienced executive director with useful asset management experience in the housing association sector as a consultant. He has operated at director level for three Registered Social Landlords, making strategic decisions for commercial success and operational delivery while maintaining customer satisfaction.

Board member Joanne Savage

Joanne Savage (Co-optee)

Jo is currently CEO of Greatwell Homes and has worked in housing for over 30 years. Jo is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a member of the Institute of Directors. She has steered her own organisation through a number of changes and challenges. Jo has excellent all round experience.

Paul Newbold (Committee member)

Paul has experience of leading development teams, establishing and delivering development strategies and conducting strategic appraisals. He also has strategic asset management experience and working with development contractors.

Board member David Wallis

David Wallis (Committee member)

David is an experienced Treasury professional with a detailed understanding of debt capital markets, cash management and operations. He has a good understanding of risk management, and has led on strategy, change programmes and business process improvements.

Board information

Our Board meets regularly. Please click the link below to read our Board Member Policy:

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If you would like to view older versions of our minutes or board papers, contact our Governance Adviser on the information below:

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We give our residents the chance to be actively involved with Greenfields and have a say on how things are done. We provide additional opportunities and resources to our residents, beyond the development and maintenance of their homes. Click the button below to learn more.

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