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 Bremner

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; running HouseMark’s popular national estate services club; 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 People and Governance Committee and the boards of Wandle’s development subsidiaries.

Tom is 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 People and Governance 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.  Ian is currently CEO of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's 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 was 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

 

Alfons Dankis Alfons 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 Housing Association.

• Chair of Audit Committee

• Member of Asset Investment Committee

 

 

Ashley Horsey Ashley Horsey (Chair of People and Governance Committee)

Ashley has 30 years experience at both senior executive and Board level in the social housing and charity sectors. Ashley was a senior civil servant in the Homelessness Directorate for three years, and prior to that Chief Executive of the campaigning charity, The Empty Homes Agency. As Commercial Director for Local Space from 2005-2009 he was part of the executive team that set up this new housing association in east London.  At Local Space Ashley was responsible for establishing and overseeing a £200m purchase and repair programme delivering over 1,000 new social homes in two years. Ashley is currently Chief Executive of independent charity, Commonweal Housing. 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 and is currently carrying out project work in the financial services sector. 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 The Royal Institute of Surveyors.

• Member of People and Governance Committee

 

 

Asif Ghafoor Asif Ghafoor

As Managing Director of Amey Investments, Asif leads a specialised Group bidding, financing, pre-contract commercial and estimating team which drives clients to develop innovative solutions to meet the UK’s current and future infrastructure, technology and innovation needs. In his role as member of the Amey Group Executive Team, his duties also include strategic input into the company’s future bidding pipeline, problem solving in complex projects and relationship management, including with key individuals in central and local government.

 

Asif and his team work with business units across a range of sectors to drive Amey’s investment, bidding and business development activities - identifying new opportunities and then bidding for them. His record in developing new markets and business, and driving value, is key to the team’s success in shaping Amey’s direction, particularly into new growth areas such as electric vehicle charging and telecoms.

 

Asif and his team of lawyers, estimators, financial modellers, commercial managers, bankers and bidding professionals specialise in markets requiring financing, management of investment portfolios, provision of core management services, pre-contract and commercial estimating, and leading complex bids.

 

Prior to Amey, Asif was in a similar role at BAE Systems and 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

 

Gerri Scott

Gerri Scott

Currently working as a freelance management consultant in the public and not for profit sectors, Gerri was previously Strategic Director of Housing and Modernisation at London Borough of Southwark for 7 years.  As well as leading the provision of housing management services to 54,000 council housing residents, Gerri was also responsible for a number of corporate support functions including Customer Services.

• Member of People and Governance Committee

• Member of Asset Investment 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.