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.
Other SAHA Team Members
Peter has worked in construction since leaving school, gaining experience with John Laing Construction, and rising to senior management positions with Laing Homes and Lovell Partnership. He has a Salvation Army background and is passionate about the work and ministry of the Army. He was appointed to the saha Board in December 2015.
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.
Stephen trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the profession for the first seven years of his career. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and Chartered Institute of Taxation. He has previous experience on the board of charities and on the Audit Committee for The Salvation Army; he is also on the board of a social housing provider in London and was previously on the Audit Committee for two NHS acute trusts.
He retired to Buckinghamshire after 35 years at board level in Retail Banks and Insurance companies as Chief Financial Officer, Risk Director, IT Director and Chief Executive Officer in the UK and Europe. Stephen joined the saha Board in February 2022.