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 Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). In addition, they make decision 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.
Norman began his career in local government, where he qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in 1987. He also worked in higher education before moving to the social housing sector. Norman has been Finance Director of Saxon Weald since July 2001 and a Board member since September 2007.
Debbie, born in Manchester, is a mother of two boys; Matthew, 16 and Adam, 10. 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.
Martin was appointed to the Saxon Weald Board on 27 September, 2010. Martin moved to Horsham nearly eight years ago and became involved in local issues through the Parish Council. He is now a North Horsham Parish Councillor and in his spare time enjoys fishing and chairing a local football club. He is also a keen supporter of Millwall FC.
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 specialised in advising growth companies as a co-founder and director of Enacta Growth. She is 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 and hockey as well as cycling.
Liz has worked on Housing, Planning and Regeneration policy and delivery, throughout her career, both in local and central government. She has also worked in the housing sector, at a major developing association. Liz is passionate about all aspects of housing, with a particular interest in creating step change in supply and choice of housing for older people. She also believes that people are at the heart of successful business delivery, and has formed and led large teams. In her spare time, Liz loves to travel, and learn languages.
Richard has enjoyed a lengthy career in the public service where he spent much of his time as a senior manager in social care and latterly was Director of Community Services at West Sussex County Council. Following his public service career, Richard and his wife established a successful management consultancy which provides support to a range of social care organisations. During his leisure time, Richard enjoys walking, playing golf and tennis and travelling.
A former assistant chief planner, and council housing and health director, David has been a housing association chief executive since 1994. Since September 2000, David has been Chief Executive of Saxon Weald. He became a board member in 2004. David enjoys running for exercise and watching rugby.
Stephanie has over 15 years' experience as a Chief Financial Officer within the aviation sector, where she was part of a highly successful aviation brokerage business, with an enviable reputation for the highest levels of customer service. Her career progression to date has been founded upon the principles of good leadership and driving business efficiencies with professionalism at all times. Stephanie has an active involvement within the local community as a Governor at Farlington School for Girls and Chairman of Horsham Hockey Club, where she still plays.
Vanessa is a member of The Forest School Parent Teacher Association, a comprehensive school for boys aged 11-16. She became a Saxon Weald tenant after a successful mutual exchange and has been a social housing resident for 15 years. Although most of her time is spent looking after her family, Vanessa enjoys walking her dog and socialising with friends.
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 until 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 has been 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 retires from that role when they merge with Peabody in July 2017 but continues as an independent committee member for a further year. 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.