Commissioner John Matear

I am a retired Salvation Army Officer having served for 34 years, the final appointment being as Territorial Commander in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. I joined the saha Board in July 2012 and was subsequently appointed Chair of the Board in September 2012.

I also assist my wife, who is the Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Nottingham William Booth Memorial Halls Corps. I am responsible for chairing the Board and, with others, ensuring effective governance in pursuit of achieving saha’s corporate plan. As well as working closely with the Board, the Executive Management Team and The Salvation Army, I am enjoying getting around the country and meeting with front line staff and also those we seek to serve. I have been greatly impressed with staff, the range of work and their professionalism.

I have also been challenged and humbled as I have had the privilege to meet with our clients – young and old alike. When I am not working, I enjoy most sports and in particular football – as a long-standing Leeds United supporter I have been suffering for too long!

What saha means to me:

“I greatly value the opportunity to be involved in an organisation that has at its heart the desire to transform the lives of people in need. I really do believe that when people are adequately housed it can positively affect every other aspect of their lives. I count it a privilege to work with dedicated, skilled, professional colleagues who are focused on achieving our strategic goals along with significant partners like our parent organisation – The Salvation Army. It is a highlight for me to make regular visits to meet with staff and clients and this continues to motivate me in working with others to further develop saha’s capacity. I believe housing associations play a key role in the homelessness sector and for me, to be involved with saha which continues to make an effective and growing contribution, is an enjoyable experience and immense privilege.”

Commissioner John Matear

Other SAHA Team Members

John Upsher

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Previously he was Director of Finance at Estuary Housing Association for 5 years and Finance Director at Toynbee Housing Association for 16 years.

Ruby Judt

Ruby is a CIMA qualified accountant with over 20 years of experience. Having worked in a number of senior finance roles in the commercial sector, Ruby moved to the not for profit sector as Director of Finance.

Maureen Hopcroft

Maureen brings 30 years technology expertise gained across the private, public and third sectors. She is now an independent technology consultant and has delivered outcomes for several housing associations, ranging from some of the largest organisations to more specialist providers. Maureen is currently chair of a specialist London housing association and is on the NHF’s Board member national group. She was appointed to the saha Group Board in May 2019.