About Reside Housing Association
Meet the team

The Board

James Sinclair Taylor

Chair of the Board

James is a solicitor and management consultant who has worked for and with charities all his life, initially in community law centres and then as Senior Partner in the Charity and Social Business Team advising charities ranging from the large, like UNICEF, to small community based charities but with a strong focus on charities meeting social need. He has been a trustee of a range of charities including grant makers, a development trust, an adventure playground and an international aid charity and was appointed Protector of NESTA (formerly The National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) by the Secretary of State. James lives in Dorset and is blessed with a lovely family, garden and a recalcitrant sailing dinghy.

Carole Powell

Senior Independent Board member (S.I.B.M), Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations / Regulatory and Housing Standards Committee

Carole lives in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire and is married with two grown up children. She is the special educational needs and disability co-ordinator (SENDCo) and a member of the senior leadership team in a large state primary school. Carole has been a teacher for over 30 years and is passionate about the inclusive rights of children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities Carole is also a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working with children aged 4 to 11 years and serves on the Buckinghamshire educational appeals panel.
Carole joined the Board in 2013.

Peter Patton

Committee membership: Remuneration and Nominations / Regulatory and Housing Standards

Married with a daughter who lives with her family in the USA, Peter lives in Northamptonshire. After a successful civil service career in what is now The DWP, Peter has worked in the community care industry advising and guiding care providers and their clients in the range of benefits for those with special needs. He is also a welfare visiting officer and benefits advisor working with two charities assisting their Trustees in the administration of their grants and other regular financial support to their beneficiaries. Peter has known and worked with Reside since we started in 2002 and has been a trustee since 2011.

Stuart Stephen

Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Stuart is an Independent Pension Trustee and until recently held global roles as Group Pensions Director for a number of major FTSE Companies including Barclays Bank and Lloyds Banking Group. Stuart is Treasurer of his local Community Council has also been Secretary of a Charitable Foundation Trust. Stuart is married with 2 adult children. In his spare time Stuart plays hockey for the Scottish Thistles, runs and skis – although not all at the same time!

Ron Morley

Committee membership: Audit and Risk

Ron is a retired accountant and was formerly Company Secretary for Compass Group PLC, a major international catering group. He is married with 3 grown up children, and lives in Iver Heath in Bucks. He is familiar with the sector in which Reside operates, as he has a brother who has been in Long Term Care with enduring mental health issues.

Stephen Bromley

Committee membership: Remuneration and Nominations / Regulatory and Housing Standards

Stephen joined the Board of Reside in 2017. He brings nearly 30 years of social housing experience to Reside having been providing ICT consultancy to housing providers throughout the UK since 1993. Prior to this he was the Head of Finance and part of the Senior Management Team within a medium sized housing association. Since starting the consultancy Stephen has helped nearly 200 organisations with a wide range of ICT projects including system procurement and implementation and more recently development and implementation of digital strategies. He has previously been a Board of two other developing housing associations.

Brian Logan

Committee membership: Audit and Risk

Brian is a chartered public finance accountant by profession and is now Chief Executive of one of Scotland’s largest housing and care providers, specialising in services to older people. He has previously worked in both the voluntary sector and in local government. He lives just outside Edinburgh and has been a Board member at Reside since 2017.

Neil McCall

Committee membership: Remuneration and Nominations / Regulatory and Housing Standards/ Board Member

Neil is the Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s housing association – Clarion Housing, the largest housing association in the country. He has worked for the group for 23 years and has overall responsibility for the delivery of landlord services; focusing on asset management, customer services, housing management and resident involvement across 125,000 properties. Previously, Neil chaired Golden Lane Housing, which is a subsidiary of MENCAP.

Mahua Nandi

Commmittee membership: Audit and Risk Committee

Mahua is Director of Finance and Resources at SignHealth, a national charity working to improve the health and wellbeing for people who are Deaf. She has held senior leadership positions at a number of national charities and social enterprises, working across sectors including health, justice and transport. Mahua is also a school governor.

Management Team

Diane French

Chief Executive Officer

Diane started her career working in homelessness and mental health as a project worker and referrals officer for supported housing. She then moved into a variety of local policy and commissioning roles based in Public Health – gaining a Master’s degree in Social Policy on route. Moving to national roles – she worked with the National Treatment Agency, the Healthcare Commission and the National Audit Office and got further involved in the NHS through NED roles with primary care and clinical commissioning groups. She became Director of Performance and Quality for a national mental health charity in 2010, working with them in a number of roles and leaving over five years later as the Group Director of Operations, having helped bring in 5 merger partners. Diane then joined a national learning disability charity as the Director of Operations and Business Development where she managed 25% growth in 2 years and reviewed quality and operational systems. She completed her Master’s degree in Executive Management with Ashridge Business School in 2017. She was delighted to join Reside Housing Association in January 2018 as CEO.

Les Warren

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Les joined Reside in October 2017. Les is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with a Big Four accounting practice in Dublin. In his early career he worked in the Property and IT sectors in the UK, Ireland and South Africa. For the last 10 years he has held Director-level roles with various types and sizes of organisations in the social housing sector. As well as Finance, his functional responsibilities over that period have included IT, Procurement, Human Resources and Customer Services. Les is an enthusiastic advocate of the role that lean thinking and systems thinking approaches can play to improve business performance and unlock the potential of team of individuals and teams. He also holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town. Outside of work Les has an interest in the arts and is a keen (but very average) skier

Gavin Rendall

Director of Housing Operations

Gavin began his career in housing as a homeless persons officer at Kingston Council, with a conviction that providing good quality accommodation makes an enormous difference to peoples’ lives.  This led on to Gavin working in various local authorities and housing associations to gain wide-ranging experience at a senior level of managing general needs and supported housing.  Gavin led a major project to merge four support organisations to form Metropolitan Support Trust, which became part of the Metropolitan Housing Group.  Later, whilst working a Hanover Housing Association, Gavin undertook a review of the future of the Association’s 18,000 properties and was responsible for the stock investment programme and health and safety. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  In his spare time Gavin helps lead his local church and is a keen photographer.  Gavin is the newest member of the Management Team, joining in April 2018.

Steve Harris

Business Development Director

After beginning his working life at the Ministry of Defence, Steve realised he needed a more fulfilling career path. Voluntary work with people with learning disabilities led to employment in a care and support role in a Local Authority children’s respite service. He then took up managerial roles in various residential care and supported living services in the Local Authority and voluntary sectors.
An understanding that housing was a vital element in ensuring good quality social care led to housing and support development roles co-coordinating policy and improving joint working between local authority commissioning and housing association provision. He was then involved in developing and implementing the Supporting People programme for Leeds City Council before taking a role in social care commissioning. Steve worked with Housing Options, a charitable national membership organisation providing housing and social care advice to families’ local authorities and professionals, developing innovative housing solutions, taking on consultancy projects and working with Government Departments on national policy development. He was involved in developing Housing Options into the Housing and Support Alliance and then Learning Disability England. Steve joined reside in 2016.

Chaminda Karunaratne

Head of Accounts

Chaminda joined Reside in 2004 and looks after everyday affairs within the accounts department. Chaminda graduated with an honours degree in Civil Engineering, possesses a master’s degree and CIMA part-qualification. He is married with two preschool aged girls and lives in Tolworth.

Charles Titcombe

Property Manager

Charles looks after property acquisitions, capital project works and building technical investigation matters. A registered architect, he has almost 40 years experience in design and construction related matters.

Joanna Arnold

Facilities & Support Manager

Joanna has been with Reside since 2004, starting off in the accounts department and now heading up the successful maintenance and facilities department. Joanna has put in place processes to ensure our tenants receive a prompt, friendly and competent service.

Carly Robinson

Head of Governance and Executive Support

Carly joined Reside in January 2018 and has worked in the housing sector for 15 years. She has worked for a number of different Housing Associations in housing/leasehold management roles and more recently in corporate governance and data protection. Carly is Reside’s Data Protection Officer.

Sophie Hayward

Head of Tenant Support

Sophie joined Reside in June 2018 heading up the newly restructured Tenant Support team. Sophie has worked in housing for 6 years and is enjoying working within a specialist housing association, and meeting tenants.