Our Board

Our Board

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

    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. 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

            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.


            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.



              Joanne Norris

                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.


                Bernadette O’Shea

                  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.