Jennifer Laurent-Smart

Board member

Jennifer has been working as an equality and diversity practitioner for over 15 years and has experience of working in both the private and public sector. She has experience of working strategically with senior management teams, providing support, advice and guidance in relation to equality and diversity and has a sound understanding of equality legislation and the principles of equality & diversity and inclusion. She has experience of main-streaming equality and building capacity within organisations to improve their equality practice.

Her previous roles have included: Equality and Diversity Manager for DWP (Jobcentre plus), London Race and Diversity Strategy Manager for the National Police Development Authority (formally Centrex), Specialist Diversity Advisor for the Metropolitan Police, and Senior Equality Practitioner for Brent Council.

Jennifer joined the saha Board in May 2014.

Jennifer Laurent-Smart

Board member

Other SAHA Team Members

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.

Nigel Hills CPFA

Chief Executive and Board Member

Nigel joined saha in 1984 as a Finance Officer, when the Association owned just 10 hostel properties and one general needs scheme in Bournemouth. He became Director of Finance in 2004 and Chief Executive in 2019.

Alistair Heron

Board Member

Alistair is a partner in West Country firm of solicitors and specialises in commercial property. He has been involved in several homeless charities for a number of years and is also a musician and an active member of a large church in Exeter. He was appointed to the saha Board in March 2017.