Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors

The Board of Saffron Housing Trust is a skills-based Board comprising of 11 Non-Executive Directors. Bob Walder is Chair and the Non-Executive Directors bring with them a range of knowledge and skills to the board.

Bob Walder

Bob Walder

Non-Executive Chair

Bob has retired from a career in Housing: working initially in Moss Side, Manchester; then the Potteries and finally across the Midlands where he was Chief Executive of the Longhurst Group for 26 years. Currently he is on the Board of the ONGO Partnership in Scunthorpe, LACE Housing in Lincoln and chair of the Council of Bishop Grosseteste University, a TEF Gold rated University based in Lincoln.

Bob is also the Chair for Saffron Housing Finance plc.

James Tully

James Tully

Non-Executive Director

James is an Area Programme Manager at Royal Mail. He has extensive experience of leading teams in fast moving operational environments and has a track record of decisive and effective delivery of results, with proven capability in challenging environments.

James has a passion for ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do and is extremely proud to be Chair of the Governance and Remuneration Committee. James is also on the Board of Saffron Housing Finance Plc.

Barry Duffin

Barry Duffin

Non-Executive Director

Barry has worked in the house building industry for over 50 years.

He has worked for both local and national developers delivering up to 500 dwellings per year. His ethos has always been “It matters not whether you deliver 10 houses or 500 houses, the quality should always be the same”.

Barry is a District Councillor with South Norfolk Council (SNC), and was Vice Chair from May 2016 to May 2017 and Chairman of SNC from May 2017 until May 2018. He has also served on Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall Parish Council for over 25 years.

Barry has been on the Board since January 2018.

Barry is also the Chair of Crocus Contractors Ltd.

Thomas Fadden

Thomas Fadden

Non-Executive Director

Tom is a disability equality trainer and consultant based in Norfolk. He has been a saffron tenant since 2013. Working in the 3rd sector for a number of years focusing on disability rights and community inclusion.

Alongside his commercial experience Tom volunteers helping to set up and run independent living groups across Norfolk which are peer support groups for disabled people, their families and personal assistants. In addition, Tom is a trustee of the U.K.’s largest disabled People’s user led organisation.

Alongside this work Tom read Business Management and an MSc in Brand Leadership at the University of East Anglia with this mix of commercial and voluntary experience Tom hopes to make a positive contribution to the governance and strategic direction of saffron housing trust ultimately resulting in much needed social housing being available for many years to come.

Alison Inman

Alison Inman

Non-Executive Director

Alison is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She is a Board Member at Colne Housing Society, in North Essex, near where she lives. Alison is also on the Board of Tpas, the engagement experts, and is a co-founder of SHOUT, the social housing campaign. Alison is a previous chair of Colchester Borough Homes and the NFA, the trade body for ALMOs.

Mike Jolly

Mike Jolly

Non-Executive Director

Mike has held a Senior Relationship Manager role with RBS and his extensive experience lies within Risk Management and comprehensive appraisal in a business environment. Mike is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Saffron.

Mike is ex-captain of Norwich RFC 2nd XV. He is also an active scout leader and trustee of the largest Sea Scout unit in the UK as well as a member of Reepham Runners running club.

Emma Rose

Emma Rose

Non-Executive Director

Emma is a University Lecturer in multiple institutions with experience leading operations in Social Housing and Criminal Justice. She trains and advises business leaders on leadership, strategy, marketing, and digital transformation.

Emma has been an Ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship and for the Open University, where she studied for her MBA.

Emma’s focus is on the contributing to open, collaborative, and purposeful cultures where higher thinking skills and action develops organisations and teams fit to lead in a modern and complex environment.

Robert Lankey

Robert Lankey

Non-Executive Director

Rob is currently Managing Director of a specialist commercial lending business.

During a 30 year career spanning Banks, Building Societies and specialist lenders, Rob has started 3 new lending businesses and developed skills in Risk Management, operations, business growth strategies and leadership.

Rob is also a trustee of a charity providing help to Armenia and has over 16 years experience of being a Board Director of a housing association where he held senior positions in Audit and Finance and Treasury Committees.

Katrina Laud

Katrina Laud

Senior Independent Director

Katrina runs her own housing consultancy business and also works as a Senior Consultant with Savills. Katrina supports housing associations in governance effectiveness, business strategy, growth, partnership and merger.

Katrina is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is joint author of publications on governance, merger and business resilience.

Neil Watts

Neil Watts

Non-Executive Director

Neil has been nominated by Customer Voice ensuring that the Board at all times has 25 per cent of the Board with Service User Experience and Perspective.

Neil was a secondary school headteacher in Suffolk for 21 years and has also worked in both advertising regulation at the ASA and press regulation at IPSO. He was a founder member of the board of Ofqual and a lay member of the Architects Registration Board.

Neil is currently the Citizen Advocate on the Advisory Board of Cifas and Chairs the Family Carers Partnership Board in Suffolk.

Neil's son has been a Saffron tenant since 2014 and lives in a shared house in Suffolk.

Duncan Scott

Duncan Scott

Non-Executive Director

Duncan works as a Support Worker and has been a tenant since 2009. Duncan had been involved with CAP (now known as Customer Voice) for three years, having been on the Operational Management Group and Treasurer. As a previous proactive member of CAP Duncan gained valuable skills and knowledge that he brings to his role as a Non-Executive Director.

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