Meet the board
Derrick Dyas MPA, MSc, BA(Open), FCIH (Rtd), Chairman
Derrick has worked all his life in "social" housing but currently spends much of his time as a swimming instructor. He has previously worked as Head of Housing in predominantly Rural Districts in both Warwickshire and Shropshire. He is a Founder Member of the Association who joined because he was dissatisfied with the lack of affordable rural housing provided by District Councils. He considers his role to influence the strategic direction of the Association and to ensure that residents and potential residents are well served.
Douglas Doherty, Vice Chairman
Douglas was born and bred in Belfast. He graduated from Sandhurst in 1971 and worked in a variety of army posts in Germany, Hong Kong, NI, the Falkland Islands and Warwickshire. Having gained an MSc in Supply Chain Logistics, MOD posts then followed. Towards the end of his career, he became Regional Director of Defence Munitions at Kineton and gained a seat on the Board of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency (DSDA). Before retiring in 2005, he was head of the East African (IGAD) sponsored Ceasefire Verification Mission in Southern Sudan. He rejoined the Board of DSDA in 2006 and left in 2009 to do an MA in Modern History at Warwick. He joined the Board of WRHA in July 2013 and hopes that his experience in the public/commercial domain may contribute to advancing the work of the Association.
Renata Mosz BSc(Hons) CIH
Renata lives in Stratford on Avon and works in local government. She joined the Board because she was concerned about the long-term viability of rural communities and wanted a chance to make a real difference to local people's quality of life. She sees her role as stewardship, including strategy planning, effective use of resources and delivering quality services.
April Knapp BA MCIH
April currently works as a Regional Development Manager for a large housing association. Prior to this, she has worked for both Housing Associations and Rural District Council in both Northamptonshire and Warwickshire in senior housing management and strategy roles. April has recently rejoined the Board of WRHA having been a Board member during the period 1991-1995. April has lived in Warwickshire all her life and is a Parish Councillor.
Richard is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist. He graduated from Sheffield University in 1969 and initially worked in the automotive component manufacturing sector before moving to the international turnkey contracting industry. Then he spent 10 years as the Director and General Manager of a Division of AMEC providing equipment and maintenance services to the Steel, Aluminium and Paper industries, principally in the UK. Returning to the international arena he managed the construction of process and pharmaceutical plants in Korea, China and Poland. Before semi-retiring in 2009 he was Operations Director of a specialist environmental and remediation services company for 7 years. During this period, he directed several major environmental investigations and contamination risk assessments within housing estates built on former industrial sites and managed the subsequent remediation works, working with householders, housing associations, local authorities, the Environmental Agency and statutory undertakers. Since 2009 Richard has worked as an independent Project Management Consultant. He brings to the Board contracting, cost management and environmental skills, a knowledge of the private rental sector and a keen interest in rural housing and the provision of affordable homes. Richard has lived in Warwickshire for 40 years and is a Parish Councillor.
Derek Harvey - BA, CPA, FCCA
Derek was a Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive in the NHS for many years. He ran his own consultancy business for over 20 years providing financial and managerial advice to a broad range of organisations. He was a Governor of South Warwickshire College for 12 years where he was Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of Governors. He was Chairman of Mid Warwickshire Mencap for nearly 10 years. He is also a Director of Warwickshire Rural Community Council.
Prior to retiring, Peter was Chief Executive of an organisation involved in personal and business development for people working in rural and land-based industries. As part of his role, he supported DEFRA on policy development in the rural economy. Peter is presently Deputy Chair of his local Parish Council. He has helped write their Neighbourhood Development Plan, which is concerned mainly in producing additional planning guidance for housing development in the village and surrounding countryside. This is one of the first plans to be developed in Stratford District and should go to local referendum in Spring 2017.
Ruth Bagley - BA, MBA
Ruth worked in local authorities for 35 years serving 16 years as Chief Executive successively of two councils. She led teams to success in delivering rural and urban affordable housing including the national award of Beacon status for Affordable Housing. She now acts as a consultant to private sector organisations seeking a positive relationship with the public sector. Ruth hopes she can bring her knowledge of organisations, strategic management and housing management and delivery to secure housing for local residents.
Warwickshire Rural Housing Association has adopted the National Housing Federation "Excellence In Governance Code" to encourage the highest standards of governance and accountability while responding to change and increased risk.
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