Meet the board
Ruth Bagley - BA, MBA; Chair
Ruth is Chair of the Association. She 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.
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.
Emma is Head of Transactional Services for a large soft drinks company, and has previously worked in a senior financial role for a large housing association. She became a board member to be part of an independent, ambitious Association with a clear strategy to provide sustainable rural homes for local people. She sees her role to help the board make better financial decisions, aligned to the Association’s goals, through challenge and oversight at a strategic level. In Emma’s spare time she enjoys working on a free local community magazine, as well as walking her dogs in the countryside.
Ann has had a varied career in the public sector, and finally retired in 2019 from her current role as a housing association Neighbourhood Coach/Housing Manager. As someone who lives in rural Warwickshire, Ann feels passionately that real communities work when they are made up of people and all walks of life and that the housing provided by WRHA is essential to that purpose. She hopes that the skills and experience she has gained throughout her career will benefit the board in its oversight of the organisations.
Deanna Von Anrep
Deanna joined the Board in July 2019.
Peter Martin, Vice Chair
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.
Steven has over 20 years’ experience creating, maintaining and improving social housing and strategic housing services within local authorities. Since 2001 he has been the lead for housing in a number of councils in the Midlands, including as Chief Housing Officer. He also brings partnership experience to WRHA as the lead for creating shared services across two counties: disabled adaptations and rough sleeping services. In 2019, Steven was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing in recognition of his work in the sector.
Fiona has held senior management positions within the financial services sector for over 20 years, with a focus on customer experience. Fiona brings expertise in corporate governance, compliance, risk management and strategy and digital communication skills. Whilst at the Phoenix Group, Fiona held roles including Head of Customer Relations and Head of Compliance, Monitoring & Assurance. She was responsible for creating and implementing the customer strategy and led on the customer research and digital proposition. Fiona is also an Independent Lay Panel Member for Health Education England and a Magistrate on the Worcestershire Bench for both Adult and Youth Courts.
Kate is an External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation, working closely with housing associations across the West Midlands. Kate is passionate about helping make a difference to local people, having seen first-hand the impact of rising house prices on rural communities. She brings a wealth of sector insight, operations knowledge, PR experience and stakeholder engagement skills to the board. Kate is also a member of several social housing related boards in the region including MHCLG’s Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy Operational Board, Birmingham City Council’s Homelessness Partnership Board, the Executive Board of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership and the Board of Housing Birmingham.
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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