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.
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.
Tenant Board Members
Greenfields tenants, with the right skills, knowledge and experience, also 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: https://www.greenfieldsch.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering
Dale Butcher (Chairman)
Dale is the Chairman of our Board. Dale has spent over twenty years in the Automotive Industry in Retail and Distribution. He is currently an adviser to the Emil Frey Group of Switzerland (2012), a Trustee of the Enthusiasm Trust Derby (2014) and a Trustee of the Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy in Slough.
Suzanne has over 20 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 now works as a consultant with housing associations fulfilling interim Executive roles and providing advice and assistance.
Alex is a financial director with over 10 years’ experience in the housing sector and has a Masters degree in Economics. Alex lives within the district and is married with children.
Helen is a qualified accountant, who has worked in social housing for over 20 years. Currently she is Director of Finance for Crown Simmons Housing Association.
Emma has more than 20 years experience working in the housing sector, and is currently Managing Director – Rochford with Sanctuary Housing. She lives within the district.
Flip has worked with Greenfields as an involved resident for seven years. She has a keen interest in local projects and events, and successfully completed a housing course through “Active Learning for Residents”.
Yvonne Arrowsmith (Co-optee)
Yvonne’s current role is Interim Chief Executive at Saffron Housing, she was previously the Chief Executive at East Thames Housing and prior to that Group Operations Director at Family Mosaic. Yvonne has joined the Board as a Co-Optee for 1 year until January 2019 and brings additional skills and experience in the areas of governance, monitoring and regulation.
Joanne Savage (Co-optee)
Jo is currently CEO of Wellingborough Homes and has worked in housing for over 30 years. She has steered her own organisation through a number of changes and challenges. Jo has excellent all round experience.
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 (as a local resident) and a clear sense of future opportunities.
David had an impressive career in the Royal Navy before stepping down and taking the role as Chief Executive of the Harpur Trust in 2002. David has knowledge of and skill in governance and he brings a wealth of experience to the Greenfields Board, which he believes shares his values and commitment to social development.
David Wallis (Committee Co-optee)
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.
Keith Carter (Committee Co-optee) Photo Pending
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.
Our Board meets regularly. Please click the link below to read our Board Member Policy:
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