The Board at Sapphire Independent Housing oversees the strategic direction of the Association and all members combine the role with other jobs and professional commitments while complying with the National Housing Federation‘s code “Excellence in Governance”.
Sally was elected chair in September 2013 after joining the board in 2009. She is the acting Chief Executive Officer at Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and has previously held a number of senior positions within the social housing sector both within housing associations and a local authority.
Irene Bannon MBE
Irene is a housing consultant and previously held a number of senior roles within housing associations. She was a founding member of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service and she joined the board in 2009.
Irene was awarded the MBE in June 2015 for services to tenants' and residents' rights.
David is a former Banking Relationship Manager and joined the Board in February 2014.
Maggie van Reenen
Maggie is a Marketing and Communications Consultant and joined the Board in February 2014.
Dr Jan Stiles
Jan is Director of Executive Education and Director of Bath, London at the University of Bath. She first worked in industry in sales and then as a Managing Director before moving to the academic sector where she has worked for the last twenty three years, more recently as Chief Executive Officer for Executive Education at Cambridge Judge Business School before joining Bath University. Jan teaches strategy and leadership, is qualified in MBTI 1 and 2, Firo-B and Emotional Intelligence psychometrics. She is also co-author of Finance for the General Manager published by McGraw Hill. Jan joined the Board in February 2014.
Graham is a Management Consultant (Asset Management and Procurement) with over 20 years experience in the housing sector. He joined the Board in July 2015.
Terry is an experienced Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager with experience of sales, marketing and estimating large scale public sector and commercial projects. He has held the posts of Managing Director of Berkeley Partnership Homes Ltd and Sales Director for Wilmott Dixon Housing (Southern) Ltd. He currently runs his own consultancy providing cost and development advice to a range of clients. Terry joined the Board in February 2016.
Alan is a housing consultant with over 25 years' experience in the development of both private and affordable accommodation. Previously he was Group Development Director of A2Dominion Housing Group. Alan joined the Board in May 2016.
Alasdair will join the Board as a co-optee in May 2018.
Alasdair worked for 30 years in IT in large, blue-chip utility companies. Since retiring Alasdair served for 4 years as a Trustee at Parents and Children Together (PACT) one of the leading adoption agencies in England where he chaired the Audit Committee and acted as interim Chair of that charity. Most recently he has worked on a number of ad-hoc consultancy assignments, providing business development support to some of the 26 Adoption Agencies across England & Wales, as well as ad-hoc coaching and support to the CEOs in these adoption agencies. He is also a non-exec with Aspire Housing.
Alan will join the Board as a Co-optee in February 2018.
Alan brings public policy and stakeholder engagement experience from leadership roles in the voluntary sector and local government.
In seven years as a council cabinet member, Alan secured London’s largest Mayoral Housing Zone to build thousands of new homes, led a major review of Supported Housing and worked to attract over £500m of public investment in regeneration projects.
In senior roles at Volunteering England and NCVO, Alan worked across Whitehall to secure policy changes to support volunteering. He was previously a trustee of The Conservation Volunteers and Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust.