Wandle Board

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

Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick (Chair of the Board)

Dr Vaughan-Dick (PhD) has worked at a senior level in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Valerie is presently the Chief Operating Officer, previously titled the Chief Executive Officer, of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The RCGP is the membership organisation for 54,000 GPs and works extensively to be the voice of General Practice and improve patient care in the UK and internationally. She leads the staff across the organisation in the UK and internationally and joined the RCGP in 2014 initially as the Executive Director of Planning and Resources.

Valerie started her career with the National Audit Office where she qualified as an accountant. She worked on value for money and financial audits of the Departments of Health & Social Security, Overseas Services, Local Government and Housing. Valerie has been an Executive Finance and Resources Director in central and local government, working on financial and strategic management issues and has extensive housing experience. She has been a Managing Director for a Housing Association, worked as a senior manager at the Housing Corporation and been involved in audits of Housing Associations whilst at the National Audit Office.


Ian Green

Ian Green (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



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


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

• Member of Audit Committee


Asif Ghafoor Asif Ghafoor

As Managing Director of Amey Investments, Asif leads a specialised Business Winning 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 mobility, energy 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


Jo HillJo Hills

Jo is a chartered Civil Engineer and fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, with nearly 30 years of experience as an engineer and director in construction and maintenance across the public, charitable and commercial sectors. She is the Chair of the National Housing Federation’s London and South East Asset Management Group and a member of the Quality of Existing Homes National Group. Jo is currently Director of Assets & Services at Raven Housing Trust.

• Member of Asset Investment Committee

• Member of People and Governance Committee


James PenningtonJames Pennington

James has worked in development for over 20 years for both Housing Associations as well as National House Builders in the private sector. James is currently Director of Development for Radian Housing where he is responsible for managing their Development Programme, leading the development and sales teams, and leading the Help to Buy Agency for The Radian Group.

• Member of Asset Investment Committee


Tracey LeesTracey 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.

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