Barbara Riddell MA OBE
Appointed to Board 19 May 2009
Barbara had 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) before retiring in 2010. As Director of Resources at LFB 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
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. She has served on several housing association boards and sub-committees. Sheila is currently working for the London Borough of Newham as a Housing Management Commissioning Manager. Sheila is the Current Chair of Housing for Women’s Diversity Working Group.
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
An executive, non-executive and business owner with specialism 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.
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, Liz is also a trustee of Greensleeves Homes Trust, an innovative provider of care for older people.
Senior Business manager and IT programme leader with over 15 years’ experience within the global investment banking industry. Jo is currently CEO for a design and development company specialising in the Financial Services Industry.
Appointed to Board 16 March 2010
Bernadette spent 20 years working in Local Government in a variety of roles including community worker, women’s equality adviser, senior advisor on policy and performance and Director of modernisation and customer services. Bernadette was Director of Housing at London Borough of Hounslow between 2002 and 2006 and CEO of Hounslow Homes from 2007-2013. She is now Managing Director of Triathlon Homes, she also has an executive coaching practice.
Helen Webb CIPD
Helen has 25 years’ experience in retailing and financial services and has held senior positions in Morrisons, ASDA, Aviva, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s. Currently a member of The Co-operative Retail Executive, Helen is responsible for developing and leading the people strategy for over 70,000 colleagues in stores, logistics and support centres.
Helen has a degree in Politics, is a qualified member of the CIPD and is a visiting fellow of The University of Birmingham Business School.
Safeena Allison FCCA
With a background in forensic and project accounting for large organisations including the Home Office, BBC, Barclays and Oxfam, Safeena is also an experienced interim manager specialising in change management, business transformation and start-up support for charities, not for profit organisations and small businesses. Her diverse cross-sector experience encompasses The Salvation Army, Crime Reduction Initiatives and her own theatrical costume business.
Harriet Hope ACA
Harriet Hope qualified as an accountant with KPMG and has 10 years’ experience working in a diverse range of financial roles. After beginning her career in audit, Harriet built her consulting experience in the KPMG Restructuring team. For the past 4 years she has worked at AstraZeneca, a FTSE20 pharmaceutical company. There Harriet worked closely with investor relations and the commercial business leaders. She is now a full time stay at home mum for her one year old son.