Jo Robinson

Jo has worked in social housing for 30 years and is Executive Director Governance & Compliance for large housing association, Optivo. Originally a chartered surveyor, Jo’s first job in the sector was as a Housing Officer. She’s since held a wide range of roles including in home ownership, development, sales and risk. As well as responsibility for governance including regulation, she oversees resident scrutiny and involvement. She is passionate about social landlords showing they listen to their residents and care.  Jo was appointed as an Independent member of the saha Governance and HR Committee in May 2019.

Jo Robinson

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.

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 joined the saha Board in May 2014.

Commissioner John Matear

Commissioner John Matear is a retired Salvation Army Officer. He served for 34 years in a variety of appointments, latterly as Territorial Commander in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. He joined the saha Board in July 2012 was subsequently appointed as Chair of the saha Board in September 2012.