Our Board is made up of 10 people: six independent professionals, two tenants and two of our Executive Team. Their remit is to establish and review policies, strategies and service standards in accordance with the legislation and requirements set by the Regulator of Social Housing. In addition, they make decisions about resourcing and budgets, and are responsible for monitoring and reviewing our performance.
To view our Board Members' declarations of interest please click on the link at the foot of the page.
Simon Hardwick, Chair
Simon, who is Chair of the Board, joined Saxon Weald in March 2021. He is a lawyer by profession and specialised in commercial property, development and construction. He was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) until his retirement from the firm at the end of 2015. Since then, he has held non-executive Chair and director roles in private and publicly owned businesses - primarily in the property and construction sectors. He lives at his family's equestrian centre on the Hertfordshire/Essex border with his wife, Sally, their daughter, her partner and grandson - as well as horses, dogs, cats, chicken and geese. His interests include rugby (now as a spectator), motor racing (again, sadly, now only as a spectator) and horses. He was a selector for the gold medal winning London 2012 Olympic British Dressage team and has been awarded the British Dressage Medal of Honour for services to equestrian sport.
Chief Executive: Steven Dennis
Steven joined Saxon Weald as IT Manager in 2001. He became Business Improvement Director in 2008 looking to implement new ways of working to ensure that Saxon Weald delivers great customer service at the best possible price. In 2015 Steven became Property Director, responsible for our HomeFix repairs service, Asset Management and IT. In 2018, he was appointed Chief Executive and is an executive member of the board.
Executive Director - Resources: Michael Chinn, FCCA, CPFA
Michael joined Saxon Weald in March 2020. Before moving into the housing sector, he trained in Practice Accountancy. Michael was previously Deputy Finance Director of a medium sized housing association in West London and then Director of Finance and Resources at a Croydon association. Michael has served as a board member of other housing associations and is currently a board member of Eldon Housing in South London.
Richard is a chartered accountant and spent most of his career as a partner in a major regional firm of chartered accountants based in London and the Southeast. He left the City in 2012 to join a client in the subsea engineering industry as their CEO. Alongside a small portfolio of other non-executive appointments, Richard was a Board Member of 26,000 home, Family Mosaic Housing Association, and Chair of their Risk Management and Audit Committee for over 10 years. He is a keen swimmer, cyclist and hockey player, and is Chairman of Purley Hockey Club.
Mark was brought up in council housing in the north of England which has instilled in him a passion for social housing. He moved south to begin a career of over twenty years in investment banking, starting with Citibank and going on to become Treasurer of Merrill Lynch Europe, a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch International Bank and a Partner at Credit Suisse First Boston. After taking a degree course in Environmental Management at the University of Bath in 2005, Mark became an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is now a Trustee of the Surrey Wildlife Trust and a weekly volunteer on conservation projects. Mark is also a JP on the Guildford Bench and, until recently, was vice chair of the audit committee of a large housing association in Hampshire. His interests include cycling and spending time with his four adult children.
Michael has over 25 years' experience managing residential and commercial property development in England and Overseas. He is formally a Main Board Director of St George Plc (part of the Berkeley Group) delivering some of the largest urban regeneration mixed use schemes in London. He was also a Board Member of Ballymore Properties, a Main Board Director at Martin Grant Homes developing both niche developments and large strategic land led schemes. More recently Managing Director of Byrne Group Residential part of the contractor Byrne Group as well as advisor to private clients on their property portfolios. Michael also spent a number of years as a non-executive of Arc the private development arm of Knightstone Housing Association. He has a passion for fly fishing, walking his two schnauzers, keeping fit and family life.
Helen has over twenty years' experience in customer-facing leadership positions, held in a variety of different industries including financial services, an airline, vehicle leasing and residential property management. She is passionate about delivering optimal customer and colleague experiences and has worked extensively in consultancy to advise and guide businesses on how to deliver improvements in these areas. Helen is a keen skier and enjoys travel to sample different cultures and foods.
Hannah grew up in West Sussex and after moving away has returned to raise her family. She lives in Washington and has been a shared ownership tenant with Saxon Weald for 5 years. Hannah currently works as a Project and Change Manager in justice services across the south coast. She has worked in public services for 20 years within homelessness, performance management and commissioning. Hannah loves exploring the Sussex countryside, trail running, cooking and music.
Graham is Development Director for a privately owned investment and development company based in central London and has over 25 years experience in property development managing large portfolios and projects. Most recently he has successfully led Imperial College London’s new innovation district at White City and a large residential scheme in the Royal Docks. Graham has a keen interest in residential development and in creating great places that put the customer first. When not working Graham enjoys spending time with his family, learning new things and travelling (and ideally all three at the same time).
Joanne has broad international experience as a senior financial professional, with particular emphasis on the property sector. In addition to her roles at major investment banks in London, New York, and Sydney, she has worked as a senior executive at a global property company. Joanne also has extensive experience working with company boards dealing with all areas of corporate finance, with a particular interest in corporate purpose, governance and responsibility. Joanne is completing a PhD in company law at the London School of Economics, focusing on the issues of shareholder and stakeholder interests. She has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a PhD in classics from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Joanne is a Canadian living in the West Country.