Our Board

Our Board

Barbara Riddell MA OBE


    Appointed to Board 19 May 2009

    Barbara has over 30 years experience at senior level in central and local government and two of London’s emergency services – the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade (LFB). She recently retired from being Director of Resources at LFB where she took a particular interest in the recruitment and promotion of women in the service, for which she was awarded an OBE.

    Barbara was appointed as Chair of Housing for Women in August 2011.

    Karen Bradshaw MA

    Vice Chair

      Appointed to Board  January 2007

      Over 20 years senior management/project management experience in the third and public sector including specialist services development for minority groups, fundraising, financial management and IT projects.

      Sheila Belgrave BA MBA

      Chair of Diversity Working Group

        Appointed to Board March 2010.

        Sheila has Over 30 years experience in the housing sector as a senior manager, a housing inspector and has served on several housing association boards and sub-committees. She is also vice-chair of the SWAN Group Board . Sheila is currently the Chief Executive of Homes in Havering, an ALMO based in the London Borough of Havering in Essex.


        Caroline Donaldson MA ACA MBA

        Chair Audit Committee

          Appointed to Board May 2009

          Originally trained as a chartered accountant, Caroline has over twenty-five years experience in a wide range of businesses and roles in public, transport and charity sectors. She is currently working as Bid Director for FirstGroup plc.



          Diane Herbert BA (Hons)

            Appointed to Board May 2009

            Director of Human Resources at Channel 4 with over 20 years experience in organisation development, leadership, internal talent management and people management within blue chip organisations.

            Diane is the Chair of Housing for Women’s Diversity Working Group.


            Dr Fahmia Huda OBE

              Appointed to Board August 2011

              Currently working as a management consultant having held senior policy and delivery posts in a number of Whitehall departments including the Home Office, Communities & Local Government and the Ministry of Justice. Other posts currently held include board director of Social Pioneers, a social business development agency, and director at eurisco solutions. Previously a board member of Community Housing Therapy and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and served for five years as a lay member of a local mental heath panel.

              Liz Marsh BSc (Hons) MRICS

                Appointed to Board 22 September 2009

                Surveyor with over 20 years commercial experience of many sectors of the real estate industry.


                Joanne Norris

                   Senior Business manager and IT programme leader with over 15 years experience within the global investment banking industry. Joanne is currently working as a consultant within the Finance sector.



                  Bernadette O’Shea

                    Appointed to Board 16 March 2010

                    Bernadette spent 20 years working in Local Government doing a variety of jobs including community worker, women’s equality adviser, senior advisor on policy and performance and Director of modernisation and customer services.  For the last four years she has been the Chief Executive of Hounslow Homes, a local authority housing ‘company’ responsible for the management and maintenance of 16,000 homes.