Strategic leadership is provided by the Board which consists of ordinary members, a Newham Council appointee, and the Chief Executive. The Board meets regularly, and we are proud of how well we are governed. We have adopted the 2020 NHF Code of Governance and review our compliance with the Code twice each year. We also review how effective our governance is annually, using questionnaires and external meeting observations. Equality, diversity, and inclusion is a key element of good governance, and we believe that transparency is important for this. A summary of the EDI profile for our Board can be found here.
It is also important that we can demonstrate that our Board members always act on behalf of Local Space. For this reason, we ask our Board members to make a full declaration of any interests, and if there is ever a conflict of interest they withdraw from the meeting and take no part in the decision making. A summary of Board member’s declarations of interest can be found here.
Local Space has identified the key skills and competencies that it needs on the Board and it reviews these on an annual basis. The last review took place in June 2021. The key skills that we want our Board members to have are in areas such as strategy, finance, housing and asset management and customer service. The review showed that the Board has a high level of skill in these key areas. The review of their core competences showed that the Board has natural talent in all of the areas reviewed. Whilst there had been some changes in Board membership over the year, there has been no loss in these key competencies. The Board is highly collaborative and communicative, empathetic and multicultural.
The Board is supported by two committees – the Audit and Risk Committee, and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. Board members also works closely with the Tenants’ Panel.
Nomination and Remuneration Committee
The Nominations and Remuneration Committee leads on the recruitment of Board members, reviews the composition of the Board and has oversight of Board members’ induction, training, skills analysis and appraisal. It is also responsible for ensuring that there is appropriate remuneration for Board members and the Chief Executive and that the Chief Executive is effectively appraised.
Audit and Risk Committee
The Audit and Risk Committee ensures that we protect our business and run it successfully. The Committee helps to protect what we own, so that it does not lose its value. It also makes sure we think about how we can protect ourselves from business risks and threats and don’t break any rules or laws.
Victor has over 20 years’ experience in the housing sector. He is currently Group Chief Executive with Curo Group and has also worked with East Thames Housing Group and Estuary Housing Association. He chairs Homes for the South West and is a Non-Executive Director of T3 Registered Provider. In 2019 he was awarded Property Personality of the Year by Business Insider and Lifetime Achievement Award by Vistage. Victor believes that a home is one of the essential building blocks for a successful life and he is driven by a desire to ensure that everyone in society has a right to expect and have access to a safe, healthy, affordable and warm home. He feels lucky to be able to do something which he finds personally rewarding and makes a positive difference to so many people’s lives.
Josie came to Local Space as Finance Director in June 2018 with extensive director experience in broad portfolio roles in the private and not for profit sectors. She took over the Chief Executive post in October 2019. Josie has lots of experience of business modelling, development and new business appraisal and has a good track record in meeting all key targets. Her vision is to ensure that Local Space delivers its growth strategy and achieves the best possible customer experience over the coming years as well as being a great place to work by becoming a ‘people first’ organisation. Josie is committed to partnership, transparency, fairness and equality in every area of Local Space’s operations.
Jane is currently Resident Services Director at L&Q, one of the largest Housing Association’s in the country, and has a wealth of housing managing experience with 28 years spent in the social housing sector. Jane is motivated by delivering customer excellence and putting customers at the heart of organisational decision making. Originally from East London herself, Jane feels passionately about the difference Local Space can make to the lives of residents throughout East London
Sheron’s career in the social housing sector spans 36 years, including over 20 years as a Senior Executive. Sheron has successfully led three housing associations as Chief Executive and a charity as its Managing Director. Her leadership roles have given her a good grasp of social housing operations, customer service, resident engagement, diversity and inclusion, governance, regulation, corporate strategy, business planning, and strategic partnerships. Sheron currently works as a freelance consultant taking on a range of interim executive management and consultancy roles. She is an Associate of leading consultancy firm Housing Quality Network. Throughout her career Sheron has enjoyed helping organisations through challenging times and raising organisational confidence to achieve ambitious goals.
Richard is a chartered accountant and spent most of his career as a partner in a major regional firm of chartered accountants based in London and the Southeast. He is also an experienced Non-Executive Director serving on boards and committees in the social housing sector and other commercial enterprises. As well as serving on the Board, Richard also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Whilst Richard’s background is in the commercial field, he has extensive experience of working in consumer facing environments and he brings this experience and understanding to the Board.
Paul is the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer at CHP, a housing association operating throughout Essex. With expertise in treasury management and governance, Paul has 20 years’ experience in the sector and was previously at Swan and Havebury and has held several non-executive roles. He is driven by the difference Local Space can make, not only to our customers’ lives, but by being a fantastic place to work too. Whilst he comes from a financial background, his talents are far broader than this, and he is keen to utilise his passion for innovative thinking to work with others in taking Local Space forward.
Pamela Leonce is a housing professional with over 30 years’ experience within the sector. She has extensive governance and leadership experience, having been Executive Director across housing, health, social care, and in the criminal justice sector. She is CEO of Stowhill Consultancy, Chair of Inquilab Housing Association, Board member of Sovereign Housing and an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor to Saxton Bampfylde. Previous roles include, Sustainably Advisor to the Mayor of London and Board Member of Barclays Foundation. Pamela is passionate about good governance and the impact it has on creating sustainable and diverse organisations. Pamela lives in East London so being part of a local housing provider that is committed to quality housing is something that is extremely important to her.
Martin has 30 years’ experience in the development sector, and co-founded build to rent developers Essential Living. He is a member of the DCLG Build to Rent sub-committee, and the London Urban Transformation Commission. Martin did an Estate Management degree, but it was always residential development that appealed to him. In his career he has worked for volume house builders, private companies, a large developing housing association, and more recently has run his own businesses. Martin likes the fact that at Local Space he can see the effects of Board decisions and inputs very quickly, because the compact size of the organisation means it is not burdened with internal bureaucracy and inertia.
Conor served on the London Docklands, London Thames Gateway Development Corporations Boards, and was a member of the Olympic Planning Committee. He recently retired as Newham’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Strategic Development. Conor was Associate Director at Four Communications supporting development projects in East and South East London.
Alwyn is Chief Executive of Hornsey Housing Trust and is responsible to the Board for the leadership and strategic direction of the Trust. With a career spanning over 40 years in social housing, starting with the Greater London Council, Alwyn has worked for a number of registered providers and local authorities. He has held a variety of leadership roles within the Housing sector, including nine years as an Associate Director at Pinnacle, supporting organisations through strategic change, performance improvement and service transformation. Alwyn has also developed successful strategic partnerships and has delivered innovative community and resident engagement for hard-to-reach-groups. He has a reputation for putting tenants first and for making things happen.