Board and staff

Board members

John Cogbill (Chair)

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.

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. 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 (Chair of Audit and Risk Committee)

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.

David Thompson

David is a retired Chartered Surveyor, whose particular specialisation 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, property management, routine maintenance and asset management including re-investment into the existing stock. David also managed all aspects of providing new social housing through acquisition of land for the construction of new buildings and purchase of property for renovation and repair. David was also a founding member of the Wickham Community Land Trust (WCLT), 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.

Denise Rajchel

Denise has been Chief Executive of PHA Homes since 2008. She has worked in the housing sector for almost 30 years within local authority, LSVT and national housing associations. Denise is a member of the National Housing Federation’s sounding board and also a member of the National Housing Federation’s national panel of smaller housing associations. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Steve Dennis

Steve is Chief Executive of Saxon Weald, a housing association based in Horsham, West Sussex, who own nearly 7000 homes across Sussex and Hampshire. Steve has worked in the social and affordable housing sector for over 25 years. After starting his career in information technology he has worked in a variety of roles including Property Director and Housing Director before becoming Chief Executive in 2018.

Committees at PHA Homes

The Board regularly review the governance of PHA Homes, the structure and skills required on the Board and in the committees.

There are two committees in addition to the Board.

Audit and Risk Committee:

Graham Norris (Chair)
David Thompson

Remuneration and Governance Committee:

Steve Dennis (Chair)
John Cogbill
Qamer Yasin

The staff

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Denise Rajchel CIHCM

Chief Executive

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Paul Shergold

Director of Operations

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Lauren Parrett CIHM

Head of Services

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Claire Corney

Finance Manager

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David Silvester

Maintenance Officer

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Eleanor Dorn

Housing Officer

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Carolyn Brickell

Services Administrator

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Caroline Craft

Finance Administrator

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