Our Board is made up of tenants, local independent business people 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 Turpitt, Chairman
Simon, who is Chairman of Saxon Weald's Board, has spent most of his career in the commercial sector, primarily in the food industry. He has run companies in the UK, Scandinavia, Holland and Germany. His last executive role was for 15 years as Chief Executive of the European division of a US billion dollar business supplying supermarkets. Following on from his executive career, he has held non executive board roles in charities and the NHS latterly as the Chairman of Sussex Community Trust which was a large organisation delivering care in the community. His skills cover marketing, sales, manufacturing, change management, governance and communications. Simon lives in Ifield and enjoys most sports, playing and as a spectator, but has a challenging passion for golf.
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.
Debbie, born in Manchester, is a mother of two boys; Matthew, 23 and Adam, 17. She became a tenant in 2004 when she moved to Billingshurst from Southwater. Debbie is a member of Billingshurst Family Church, where she volunteers in the church office and helps out with catering and children's activities. She enjoys card making and reading.
Charlotte has over 20 years' experience in investment banking and private equity. She was a Managing Director at WestLB Panmure and UBS, and an M&A and corporate finance advisory specialist at Schroders. During this time, she worked in senior advisor roles on a wide range of advisory projects and transactions for European, North American and Asian businesses including M&A, capital raising and as principal. More recently, she has been a Lay Member on the Buildings Committee of the University of Cambridge which is responsible for overseeing and developing their extensive property portfolio. She lives in The Meon Valley in Hampshire and enjoys playing tennis, cycling and walking.
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.