Sovereign Housing
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Meet our Board

Our skilled and experienced Board provides the leadership, strategic direction and scrutiny to enable Sovereign to achieve its social purpose, while growing sustainably.

To provide insight and challenge, the Board is supported by a committee structure with Board members and independent specialists, covering Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Treasury, Property Services and Investment.

As part of its commitment to best practice, the Board has adopted the National Housing Federation’s Code of Governance and Excellence in Standards of Conduct Code. 

While the Board is responsible for the effective governance of the business, day to day management is delegated to the Executive Board members.

Gordon Holdcroft

Gordon Holdcroft 
Chair
Appointed 2017
Property Services Committee

Joined Sovereign Board in 2010 

A former chief executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors at Board level.
Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson
Appointed 2016
Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Treasury Committee

Joined Sovereign Board in 2014 

A senior private sector executive with business interests including corporate governance and compliance, strategy and brand, financial and investment planning, Board and stakeholder management and communications.

Lee Bambridge

Lee Bambridge
Appointed 2016
Treasury Committee (Chair), Audit and Risk Committee

Joined Sovereign Board in 2013

Chief Risk Officer at Newbury Building Society, Lee is a chartered accountant and corporate treasurer. He previously worked in the aerospace industry.

Chris Broe

Chris Broe

Appointed 2019 
Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee

Chris has more than 30 years of strategic and operational responsibilities for large, international businesses. 

He specialises in using IT to improve efficiency and profitability through traditional systems, advanced analytics and digital innovation. 

 

Jenny Dykes

Jennifer Dykes
Appointed 2016 
Resident Board member, Remuneration Committee 

Joined Sovereign Board in 2016 

Former NHS manager Jennifer has been a social housing resident for over 40 years. Her focus is on ensuring Sovereign remains a strong organisation, committed to maintaining high standards of service and providing housing for those in need.

Stuart Laird

Stuart Laird  
Appointed 2016
Investment Committee (Chair), Property Services Committee 

A senior executive with a proven track record in facilities management and outsourcing markets, with expertise in leading on property acquisitions and disposals. 

 

Barry Nethercott

Barry Nethercott
Appointed 2018
Investment Committee (Chair), Treasury Committee, Property Services Committee

An experienced leader, Barry joined Sovereign in January 2019 as Interim Chief Financial Officer. For the past 10 years, Barry has worked at an executive level at several housing associations including The Guinness Partnership, Southern Housing and, most recently, with Network Homes.
Claire O'Shaughnessy

Claire O’Shaughnessy
Appointed 2016
Investment Committee

Joined Spectrum Board in 2016

Claire helped set up the Homes and Communities Agency before leading many of its major land, regeneration and investment programmes from 2008 to 2014. Claire brings experience from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Deloitte Real Estate as a director in real estate consulting.     

Mark Washer

Mark Washer
Appointed 2018 
Investment Committee

Mark, a highly skilled executive and non-executive with 25 years in the housing sector, joined Sovereign from Clarion in 2018. Mark is a chartered accountant, having qualified with Deloittes. 

Mark is also a former Board member and vice chair of the National Housing Federation and has been involved with a number of national charities, including the Citizens Advice.

John Weguelin

John Weguelin
Appointed 2019
Audit & Risk Committee, Treasury Committee

John is an experienced executive and non-executive with over 30 years in financial services and eight years in housing. 


He has extensive expertise in banking, capital markets, strategy development and execution, business transformation, people management, cultural change, M&A, regulation, governance and risk management. 

Angela Williams

Angela Williams 
Appointed 2017
Remuneration Committee (Chair) 

An experienced executive and non-executive who has worked across FTSE30, US (incl. NASDAQ) and French listed companies. Her expertise includes strategy design and delivery, global transformation, leading and creating customer focused businesses and teams as well as culture development and change management. Other skills include mergers, due diligence, restructuring, reward and pensions, leadership and talent development, employment law, business turnarounds, digital transformation, growth delivery and corporate responsibility.
Jane Wynne

Jane Wynne 

Appointed 2019
Investment Committee

Jane is a senior executive with more than two decades of property asset management and business experience in driving organisational improvement, for leading owners, investment managers, operators and advisors.