Wandle Board

Wandle is overseen by a Board which meets regularly throughout the year and is responsible for setting our strategic direction, and for establishing policies and plans to achieve our key objectives. It provides sound systems of control and a framework of delegation to the Executive Directors and our employees.

The Board monitors how we deliver services to residents and reviews performance and policies. They are responsible for ensuring that we are a well run, efficient and properly governed organisation. Our Board members have wide-ranging expertise and come from diverse backgrounds. Board members are appointed through a formal appointments procedure.

The Wandle Board currently consists of 12 members and meets formally at least six times a year.  Members also serve on the Asset Investment, People and Governance, or Audit Committees.

Wandle has adopted the National Housing Federation's Code of Governance. A copy of the Code of Governance is available on request by writing to: The Company Secretary, Wandle Housing Association, Second Floor, Minerva House, Montague Close, London, SE1 9BB.

 

Board Members

Tom Bremmer

Tom Bremner (Chair)

Tom has worked in the housing sector for over 25 years and has wide ranging operational, strategic and consultancy experience with a successful track record as an executive and non-executive. He has been an independent consultant since January 2016 with contracts including senior transformation roles at the Royal Borough of Kingston and Cambridge City Council; business consultancies with the UK's most successful social housing furniture leasing company and with a leading facilities management company; and training and development assignments including for a G15 housing association. Prior to that he worked in housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs including 5 years as a Director at L&Q and 2 1/2 years as the Managing Director of Brent Housing Partnership.

He was appointed to the Board of Wandle in 2014 and selected as Chair from September 2017; he serves on the Asset Investment Committee and the boards of Wandle’s development subsidiaries.

Tom is also a trustee of Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust and a community governor at a Sunday Times top 250 schools federation. Tom is married with 3 children and lives in Forest Hill, south east London.

•    Member of Asset Investment Committee 

 

Ian Green

Ian Green (Vice Chair and Chair of  Asset Investment Committee)

Ian’s career has been in the voluntary sector, and he has worked at senior levels within the YMCA both nationally and globally.  He was Chief Executive of YMCA England for five years and has also worked at the World Alliance of YMCAs.  He has recently been appointed as CEO of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UKs leading HIV and sexual health charity.  He has a particular interest in the provision of affordable housing and was Cabinet Member for Housing in the London Borough of Ealing for a number of years.  He is also Chair of Advance, the national Housing Association that provides homes for adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities. Ian was appointed to the Wandle Board in 2013.

 •    Chair of Asset Investment Committee

 •    Member of Audit Committee

 

Al DankisAlfons Dankis (Chair of Audit Committee)

As a qualified accountant, Al has extensive experience of the housing sector at executive and non-executive level. He worked for many years as the Group Finance & Planning Director at Guinness Partnership, a large national housing association. He is also the Chair of Crown Simmons HA.

• Chair of Audit Committee

• Member of Asset Investment Committee

 

 

Ashley HorseyAshley Horsey (Chair of People and Governance Committee)

Ashley has nearly 30 years experience at both senior executive and Board level in the social housing and charity sectors. He is currently Vice Chair of a stock transfer housing association in Surrey. Ashley was for three years a senior civil servant in the Homelessness Directorate and was prior to that Chief Executive of the campaigning charity, The Empty Homes Agency.  As Commercial Director for Local Space – a new housing association in east London he helped to establish - he was responsible for a £200m purchase and repair programme delivering over 1,000 new social homes in two years.  Ashley is currently Chief Executive of Commonweal Housing an independent charity. He joined the Board of Wandle in 2014.

•    Chair of People and Governance Committee

•    Member of Asset Investment Committee 

 

Teresa OcanseyTeresa Ocansey

Teresa has a background in local government and media. She has been a Wandle resident since 2008 and served on the Scrutiny Panel from 2010-13 as a member and then as the Chair. She was appointed to the Wandle Board in 2013 and actively promotes the customer perspective. She takes every opportunity to add to her knowledge of Wandle and the housing association sector. Teresa joined the Board to support Wandle on their journey in making a positive difference to their residents.

• Member of Audit Committee
• Member of People and Governance Committee

 

Karen Toh Karen Toh

Karen is a treasury and corporate finance executive with over 20 years international experience in treasury, mergers and acquisitions and financial analysis.   

She is currently the Treasurer for the Grosvenor Group. Prior to Grosvenor, Karen worked in corporate finance at Rio Tinto and diverse roles of increasing seniority at Royal Dutch Shell in M&A, treasury and the business where she gained experience in structured finance, debt issuance, risk management and business analysis.

Karen is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, a qualified CPA (Australia) and holds a M.Sc. in Finance (Distinction) from the London Business School.

She joined the Board in November 2016.

• Member of Audit Committee

 

Andy McWilliams  Andy McWilliams

Andy is an experienced multi-channel retailer and has worked at director level for a number of major retailers including Ocado.com, House of Fraser and Home Retail Group. He provides senior board level consultancy and interim support for those organisations seeking to maximise their eCommerce and customer service operations and has recently led a digital transformation programme for Countrywide, the UK’s largest estate agency.

• Member of People and Governance Committee

 

 

Gerraint Oakley Gerraint Oakley

Gerraint leads the commercial house-building division at Curo who build homes for sale and rent across the South West.  He has nearly 30 years’ experience in property, estate and asset management, development and urban regeneration.  Previously he was the Director of Development for Coastal Housing Group and Managing Director of Pennant Homes. 

Curo is currently building Mulberry Park, a prestigious development of 700 new homes, a school and community centre near Combe Down in Bath.

Gerraint is a committee member of Construction Excellence South West and a leadership fellow of St George’s House.

•    Member of Asset Investment Committee 

 

Asif GhafoorAsif Ghafoor

Asif Ghafoor is the Managing Director of Amey Investments. He has been part of this specialised financing team since 2006. The team has three distinct areas of focus, working with the business units to identify opportunities and then bidding for them in markets where financing is required, investment management of the investment portfolio of closed purchasing power parity transactions and provision of core management services to these investments and pre-contract and commercial estimating, providing bidding support across the Amey divisions. 

Prior to Amey, Asif was in a similar role at BAE Systems and he started his career as an aircraft financier at Natwest Markets and Sakura Bank (now part of SMBC).

• Member of Audit Committee

• Member of Asset Investment Committee

 

Ann-marie MurphyAnn-marie Murphy

Ann-marie is an experienced HR leader, executive coach and consultant. Ann-marie started a new role as People and Development Director for the Gym Group Ltd in April 2018, becoming part of the executive committee for this FTSE business. Prior to this Ann-marie was Group HR Director for New Look retailers.

Previous roles include HR Director for TUI Travel PLC, a global FTSE 100 travel business and IBM. Ann-marie is an experienced coach to Business Leaders and has extensive experience across all aspects of HR but with particular expertise in transformational change talent management and engagement. She has a Masters degree in Strategic Human Resources Management.

• Member of Audit Committee

• Member of People and Governance Committee

 

Tracey Lees

Tracey Lees (co-optee)

Tracey Lees became Wandle Housing Association's Chief Executive in March 2015. Tracey joined Wandle from the Barnet Group (including Barnet Homes) where she had been the CEO since 2008.
 
She has worked for more than 30 years in social housing for a number of Local Authorities, Registered Providers and ALMOs, and has a very broad knowledge of all aspects of Wandle’s business.