Executive Team

Executive Team

Yvonne Arrowsmith

Yvonne Arrowsmith

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Yvonne started her career within Health, before moving into Housing, and has been working within the Social Housing Sector for the past 25 years. Gaining significant knowledge and expertise around housing and supporting vulnerable adults.

Previous roles have included Director of Supported Housing, Group Director of Operations, responsible for 25,000 homes and services to 8,000 vulnerable adults. Group CEO of a large London based Association gave her overall responsibility for all of the Group’s work, providing 15,000 Social Housing homes, Care and Support Services to over 2000 vulnerable adults, along with a development programme involved in building new homes and regenerating estates across East London and Essex.

Yvonne has also held non-executive director roles at both Housing Associations and Charities providing strong governance and leadership.

Sarah Trota

Sarah Trota

Executive Director of People and Business Transformation

Sarah Trota is an experienced leader who has worked at board and executive level for 20 years. Before joining us at Saffron, Sarah worked in a number of businesses in the commercial and not for profit sector, including Sainsbury's, HMV Group, Homebase and Circle Housing, which was one of the largest housing associations in the sector. More recently Sarah ran her own consultancy sarahtrotaalchemy, working with many businesses on transformation, leadership and coaching.

Working in several challenging businesses, including a business that was floated on the London Stock Exchange, she has a wealth of experience working with external stakeholders, including lenders, regulators and political leaders.

Sarah is passionate about Saffron and the change journey the business is on. During her six months with us she has already led many key improvements and developed a strong working relationship with the Board and teams within the business. She has an open, approachable style and believes that everyone can make a difference to what we do for our customers.

Iain Innes

Iain Innes

Executive Director of Finance and Development

Iain is responsible for Saffron’s Finance, Procurement, IT and Development. Iain trained with Deloitte in London before gaining international experience in their Toronto office.

He has worked at Director level for over 6 years and has experience of plcs, private companies and private equity backed businesses across a variety of industries.

Hannah Harvey

Hannah Harvey

Executive Director of Operations

Hannah is responsible for the operational management of Saffron housing which incorporates housing operations, asset management, the contact centre and the contact care elements of Saffron, she has 19 years’ experience across the public sector from a policing background through social services and lately within housing.

Previously Hannah was a director at Hanover housing association on a national level but has also worked for Flagship and Victory housing locally. Hannah has a strong background in housing and tenancy management. Hannah has a desire for continuous improvement always striving to offer the best service offer for customers and to strengthen and develop Saffron Housing Trust for the future.

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