Valerie

Resident at Catherine Baird Court, Balham London

I moved into my sheltered housing scheme, in October 2007. I was still working then, but retired at the end of May 2009. Since then I have become interested in issues that relate to older people. I am Chair of the Residents’ Association, and Deputy Chair of Wandsworth Older People’s Forum.

Why I got involved in the T4R Panel:

I volunteered to take part in the Scrutiny Panel to look at the housing schemes across the country. We had an induction session and it was good to meet up with members who I would be working with.

Our first Inspection:

Was at Victoria Court. I found this very interesting as it is a very different scheme from the one I live in. We met tenants and got their views and with this information we compiled our individual reports that were combined with the north T4R panel and submitted to Board. We are learning as we are going along and have been given some training. I have enjoyed this and it’s good to see other schemes and meet the people living in them.

Valerie

Resident at Catherine Baird Court, Balham London

Other SAHA Team Members

Paul Phillips

Interim Chair of the Board

Paul has been the senior finance professional at a number of Registered Providers over a 40 year career. Until his retirement in July 2021, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Notting Hill Genesis and before that of Notting Hill Housing Trust.

Paul joined the saha Board in December 2020 and chairs the Board on an interim basis.

Jo Robinson

Jo has worked in social housing for 30 years and is Executive Director Governance & Compliance for large housing association, Optivo.

Andrew Lawrence

Board Member

Andrew Lawrence is a Chartered Accountant and combines work as Chairman of the Board of Bron Afon Community Housing with a wide portfolio of non-executive director roles within the charity and public sectors and in insurance and social housing. Andrew has a special interest in corporate governance, strategic leadership, risk management, cultural change and innovation.

Andrew is part of a large church in South Wales and serves as a Street Pastor on the streets of Cardiff. He joined the saha Board in April 2019.

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