Board and staff

Board members

Hilary Channing Chair

Hilary is Managing Director of Channing Hammond Associates an HR consultancy that specialises in Executive and Non-Executive Recruitment, Talent Support & Development and Executive Coaching, primarily for businesses in the not for profit sector. She has worked in the social housing sector since 1999, during which time she has been Director of Recruitment Services at Insight HR & Management Consultancy and the owner of another successful HR consultancy. Hilary brings extensive experience in leading and shaping HR Strategy and general business management.

David Chapman MCIOB Vice Chair

David is currently Head of Stock Investment for Sovereign Housing Association. David has more than 30 years’ experience of the social housing maintenance sector. He has a successful track record of delivering a high quality, cost effective repair and maintenance service to residents

David Walsh BSc Hons, MCIOH

David is now retired but has wide experience in the field of social housing. David is a highly experienced senior manager who has extensive Director level experience in both Housing Association and Local Government sectors.

Kevin Smith

Kevin is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Commercial and Commercial Property Departments at MacDonald Oates solicitors in Petersfield. Kevin is a Company Commercial, Commercial Law and Commercial Property specialist. This includes advising clients in connection with Employment issues that arise as part of Commercial transactions. As well as practicing in Construction and Engineering Law, Kevin is also a highly experienced Residential Property lawyer. Kevin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is also a Member of Hampshire Incorporated Law Society.

Graham Norris

Graham worked for 29 years as an Operations Manager for a multinational advertising company, working his way up to UK Technical Manager responsible for procurement, product development and Health and Safety. He is now a full-time carer.

Richard Budd Chair of Audit Committee

Richard is an experienced finance professional with 30 years’ experience of working in a variety of industry sectors including fashion, leisure, music and construction. He currently works for British Gas, concentrating mainly on a not-for-profit subsidiary (Energy for Tomorrow) which has provided free solar PV systems to schools throughout the country. Richard has a keen interest in renewable energy, ecology and the environment.

Joseph Carr

Joseph is a qualified accountant of 25 years and he has worked for more than 20 years in the housing association sector. He operates a freelance consultant.

Prior to Spring 2017, he spent a 8.5-year stint as Finance Policy Leader at the National Housing Federation, where he was responsible for all areas of finance policy, including - treasury management and corporate finance, accounting, taxation and pensions. He also focused on risk management, assets and liabilities registers and business stress testing and he worked with several housing associations that piloted the HCA’s in-depth Assessments.

In 2016, he lobbied successfully for the Bank of England’s momentous inclusion of housing association bonds in its £10bn, quantitative easing programme. During the same period, he also worked with the Prudential Regulatory Authority and the European Commission to petition the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision against changes that would increase the borrowing costs of housing associations.

Prior to the NHF, he worked as a consultant for Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, which included considerable experience carrying out due diligence of corporate restructures.

David Thompson

David is a retired Chartered Surveyor, whose particular specialism has been in development and property management within the social housing sector. David worked at a senior level within the sector and was responsible for development programmes, for all aspects of property management, routine maintenance and asset management including responsible for the implementation of a programme for re-investment into existing stock.
David also managed all aspects of providing new social housing through the acquisition of land for the construction of new buildings and purchase of property for renovation and repair. David was also a founding member of Wickham Community Land Trust (WCLT), which was set up in 2008.

Qamer Yasmin

Qamer is currently Contract Performance Manager with Two Saints Ltd and a qualified Executive Coach and Mentor. She has over 30 years experience in the social housing and homelessness sector. She brings extensive senior and strategic management experience and has a track record of successfully delivering front line services. She is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Associate Member of the Association of Coaching.

John Cogbill

John has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years specialising in Asset Management, development, procurement and portfolio management. John has worked at Director and Executive levels for a number of housing associations across the country and until recently was the Chief Commercial Officer for Your Housing Group located in the North West. Prior to that, John spent a number of years working as a consultant for Savills operating around the country as an advisor or acting as an interim. John also has extensive experience as an executive and non-executive Board Member for a number of Joint Ventures and smaller Associations. John lives in Haslemere and is an active member of Hindhead Golf Club and Grayswood Cricket Club.

The staff

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Denise Rajchel MCIOH

Chief Executive

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Paul Shergold

Director of Operations

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Lauren Parrett CIHM

Housing Manager

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Claire Corney

Finance Manager

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Pauline Carter

Maintenance Manager

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Carolyn Brickell

Admin Assistant

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Cerisa Sugrue-Gee

Finance Assistant

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Claire Abrahamson

Housing Assistant

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Sarah Hye

Scheme Manager at East Lodge

“Thank you for my new boiler”

Mr B

“I am very pleased with my new kitchen. It is beautiful and exceeds my expectations”

Mrs C