Suzy Brain England C Dir, OBE
Chair of Derwent Housing Association. An experienced board chair, non-executive director, consultant, mentor and counsellor. Received an OBE in 2009 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for public service with the Department for Work and Pensions and was named Non-Executive Director of the Year in Yorkshire. Currently Suzy is:
- Non-executive Director Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust Hospital;
- Mentor, counsellor and founder of Cloud Talking;
- Chair, Sheffield Business Improvement District;
- Trustee/Chair designate, Keep Britain Tidy;
- Lay Chair, Yorkshire Deanery doctor training & recruitment;
- Lay Member, Disciplinary Panel British Computer Society;
- Consultant in governance and board development.
Suzy also serves on the board of Derwent Community Housing, a charitable subsidiary of Derwent Housing Association. Also a member of both the Treasury Committee, and Governance and Remunerations Committee.
Margaret Gildea MA (Cantab), MBA, OBE
An HR and change management consultant with over 20 years’ experience of change management, organisation development, restructuring, talent management, and learning and development. This includes at senior management and director level at Rolls-Royce, and non-executive directorships in the health service and skills sector. Serves on the Derwent Housing Association Board and is chair of Governance and Remuneration Committee.
Richard Hopkin MA (Cantab), FCA
A chartered accountant with 20 years’ commercial experience as finance director and company secretary, following 11 years in the accounting profession with a major international firm. Particular areas of expertise include cost reduction programmes, working capital management, fund raising, growth strategies, acquisitions and disposals, financial controls and risk management. Richard is a non-executive director of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and treasurer of Community Foundation for Calderdale.
Recently also provided consultancy services to several organisations in the voluntary sector. Serves on the Derwent Housing Association Board, Audit and Risk Committee and chairs the Governance & Remuneration Committee and the combined Centro Place Investments/Derwent FM Board (the Derwent Living commercial arm).
Peter joined Derwent Living as Chief Executive in March 2008. As well as being on the Board his role is to work closely with the Executive team to provide overall strategic direction for the Group and to oversee the performance of the organisation in all its facets.
Jon is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has over 36 years’ experience in property development, investment and asset management. His career has included roles as Chief Executive of UK Coal, Head of Group Property for HBOS, Managing Director of the Northern Region of DTZ international property advisers, and Managing Director of Yorkshire Water Estates.
Currently, he is a non-executive director of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust; Chairman of Reform Energy, an alternative energy development and generation company, has his own property and energy consulting business, Winksley Consulting, and until recently, was a non-executive director of Tilfen Land, a property investment and development company based in London. Outside his business interests, Jon supports the charities The Prince’s Trust and Help For Heroes.
Pat Egan, Group Director, Affordable Housing
Pat has over 30 years’ experience in affordable and mixed-tenure housing management, managing one of the largest registered providers in the UK. He has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in a variety of roles focussing on business transformation, including the transfer of Bristol Churches Housing Association into the Places for People Group.
Role of the board
Derwent Living is governed by a Board comprising members with relevant knowledge and skills, all of whom have an interest in housing and in particular the provision of housing for those in need.
Derwent Living conducts its business through its Board which is legally responsible for the affairs of the company.
The Board and its committees meet regularly to approve matters of policy and take key decisions regarding our activities and finances.
The Board agrees rolling three year strategic plans supported annually by a budget and operating plan. These have clear Key Performance indicators, financial and other measures against which the Board and it’s committees evaluate business performance.
Each year the Board off-site review (‘Away Day’) looks back over the year to see whether performance remained as planned. The new plan is then agreed and performance measures established for the forthcoming year.
The Chair of the Board annually meets Board members individually to discuss their contribution and behaviour at Board and committee meetings. The conversation (appraisal) looks at how they represent the organisation to other stakeholders (as an Ambassador) and how they stay up to date with housing matters and the macro economic, political and regulatory issues (their continuing professional development). Individual’s objectives and training needs are agreed.
All Board members agree to aim to attend centrally-organised workshops and training.
Equality and diversity
‘Removing Barriers’ is a Single Equality Scheme, which places equal importance on individual strands of diversity. It sets out how we will achieve our objective to promote equality and diversity and is relevant to all Derwent Living colleagues, business partners, customers, and the local communities that we serve.
It is a ‘living document’ supported by an action plan that will reflect the changing agenda.
Click here to download a copy of Removing Barriers 2015-2017, Derwent Living’s single equality scheme document.
It sets out our commitment to:
- comply with legislation and regulation
- using consultation to ensure that our services are relevant and accessible to all by involving different people in meeting our aims
- raising awareness by promoting equality and tackling unlawful discrimination
- celebrate the benefits that diversity brings to the business and community
- listening to and understanding the needs of colleagues, customers and stakeholders
- have a clear policy of fair employment and equal pay
- ensure that our business partners support the objectives of the scheme
- monitoring our progress with effective governance and scrutiny
UK Corporate Governance Code
Derwent Living uses the UK Corporate Governance code which sets standards of good practice in relation to board leadership and effectiveness, remuneration, accountability and relations with shareholders. More details can be found here.