Board and staff

Board members

Steven Dennis (Chair)

Steven 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.

Jane Cox

Jane has worked in the social and affordable housing sector for over 15 years. Starting her career in rent accounting, she worked in a variety of roles including Housing Officer and Project Manager for Sustainable Communities before becoming Head of Housing at Hyde in 2019. Jane has extensive experience as a non-executive Board member for a Community Interest Company. Jane leads on all aspects of Hyde’s delivery of Estate Services and communal area management in the South, including continuous improvement and delivering strategic ambitions. In addition, being a member of the disability employee resource group, she uses her personal experiences to help create an inclusive and understanding environment to allow everyone to perform and achieve

John Craven

John was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth from 1997 to 2013, and lives in Rogate. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Economics at the University of Kent. John is a trustee of the E.C Roberts Centre in Portsmouth, chair of the Board of Chaucer College in Canterbury and advises the Church of England nationally on the funding of theological education. He is completing a PhD in the Philosophy of Language and Disagreement at King’s College London. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was appointed CBE in 2013 for services to higher education and to the community in Hampshire.

Kalwant Grewal

Kalwant is currently in a senior leadership role for one of the largest NHS Trusts in England where he contributes to shaping, designing, and influencing healthcare outcomes for the local population including for children and young people. He operates at strategic, operational, and financial leadership levels and has considerable board and committee level experience. Prior to this he was part of the senior leadership team for a well-known national charity for Older People. Earlier in his career Kalwant spent several years as an elected school governor in primary and secondary schools and local authority settings, including as Parent Governor Representative for all primary schools within his borough. He worked closely with Head passionate about addressing housing needs and delivering social value to communities.

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. Graham offers insight and expertise on resident experience and is a member of the Tenant Engagement Panel, providing direct resident feedback in our strategic decision making.

David Thompson

David is a retired Chartered Surveyor, with a specialism 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

Guy Thompson (Vice Chair)

Guy is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors who has led at executive level across the private, public, and voluntary sectors in a range of functions relevant to social housing. His current non-executive roles include membership of the CBI South West Regional Council and the Advisory Board of the Broadway Initiative. His executive role is Group Director of Environmental Futures at Wessex Water, where he leads on strategy to diversify service delivery to its customers and communities to deliver greater social and environmental value. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Natural England and, prior to that, Executive Director of Green Alliance, and Board Member of the European Environment Bureau

Linda Wallace (Chief Executive)

Linda has worked in housing for 40 years, in large and small organisations and in the public and private sector. She has a background in asset management, customer service, development and co-operative housing. Linda's passion is for work that empowers people - residents, employees and the wider community - to make the most of their talents and opportunities. She has been a member of several housing association Boards and an Exec member of the London G320 group. She lives in Grayshott and is a member of Haslemere CLT.

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.

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

Kalwant Grewal (Chair)
David Thompson
Graham Norris

Remuneration and Governance

Guy Thompson (Chair)
Steve Dennis
Qamer Yasin

The staff

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Linda Wallace

Chief Executive

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Paul Shergold

Director of Operations

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Lauren Parrett CIHCM

Head of Services

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Claire Corney

Head of Finance

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Dave Silvester

Maintenance Officer

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Eleanor Dorn

Housing Officer

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Carolyn Brickell

Services Administrator

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Caroline Rudkin

Finance Administrator

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Violet Simms

Housing Assistant (Apprentice)

“Compliments to the tree surgeon on their tidy work”

Mrs Y

“I love my new kitchen, thank you.”

Miss E