Board of Clarion
Neil Goulden, Chairman
Neil joined the Affinity Sutton Board as Chairman in 2010. Following a successful career in the leisure and hospitality industry, Neil now focusses on organisations with a social purpose.
In addition to his role at the Clarion Housing Group, he is Pro Chancellor and Chair of Governors at Nottingham Trent University and a Government Appointed member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board. He is also Vice Chair of Ambitious About Autism (an education based charity) and chairs the Finance Committee for Sue Ryder (the healthcare charity). In the commercial world Neil is Senior Independent Director on the board of Marstons plc and Chairman of Jackpot Joy Plc. He also sat on the Low Pay Commission for 8 years from 2007 to 2015.
Simon Braid, Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee
Simon was Head of Charities and Social Housing at KPMG until his retirement in 2009. He has over 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector, which led to him being invited by the Housing Corporation to chair the Ujima inquiry in 2008. He chaired the ICAEW Social Housing sub-committee and was also a member of the Social Housing SORP Working Party. Simon is a part-time Anglican priest in Kent.
Colin Sturgeon, Board member and Chair of Treasury Committee
For 30 years Colin's career has revolved around leading and managing the origination and execution of corporate and government finance, together with client advisory services, in the international debt and equity capital markets.
Colin played a major role for over 20 years in the establishment of Royal Bank of Canada as a leading integrated international investment bank and held key governance roles in the bank's European businesses. Since retirement from RBC Capital Markets in July 2005 he has provided advisory and independent non-executive director services to a number of government, corporate and social entities.
Helen Bailey, Board member and Chair of Remuneration Committee
Helen Bailey is the Chief Executive of iMPOWER Consulting, working with the public sector to solve complex social problems by changing behaviours. Helen is an experienced Chief Executive who has worked at senior level in Local, Central and London Government.
Prior to joining iMPOWER Helen has been the Chief Executive of a London Borough, Director of Public Services at HM Treasury and headed up the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. Helen has experience of customer services, housing and related services through overseeing direct delivery, working on service improvement and from a national policy perspective.
David has over 10 years’ experience serving on housing association boards with more than six years as Chair. Initially with Saxon Weald Homes Ltd and more recently with Peabody as Chair of their Gallions and CBHA subsidiaries.
Previously, David has held a variety of executive and management roles in the semiconductor capital equipment industry. He was most recently President of European Operations for Novellus Systems Inc, a Fortune 500 company. David has also been a governor of an independent school in West Sussex and a NED of an NHS Trust.
He is a founding investor and advisor to SDCmaterials Inc, a technology start-up company based in Phoenix, Arizona and a NED of Gen2 Property Ltd.
Tania joined Circle Housing Group’s board in 2011, serving on the Audit & Risk and Remuneration & Succession Committees. Her background is in financial services in investment banking at Samuel Montagu, NatWest Group and Deutsche Bank and more recently she was a non-executive director of the Wesleyan Assurance Society. In consultancy services, she was a former director of Cardew Group, a City financial public and investor relations firm and has her own corporate advisory practice specialising in emerging markets.
In the public sector, she was seconded to manage a European Commission restructuring and privatisation programme in Eastern Europe in the 1990s and advised the NHS on commercial dispute resolution until April 2013 as Chairman of the NHS Midlands and East Competition Panel and more recently as an adviser to the NHS South East Commissioning Support Unit. She is a Tribunal Panel Member on disciplinary hearings for the Financial Reporting Council.
Sue is the Chief Executive of St John Ambulance (SJA). Before joining SJA in September 2007 she was a Director General in the Department for Transport. Previous Government roles include leading cross cutting work to tackle Drug Abuse and practical preparations for the single currency. She also worked on the privatisation of a number of major companies.
From September 2006 to June 2007 she led an independent review of children and young people’s palliative care. She has been a Board member of Addaction, the National Treatment Agency and FYF.
Brian Stewart OBE
Brian is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and consultant, following a career in local and regional government. He was the Chief Executive of two Scottish local authorities and the East of England Regional Assembly. He has experience as a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Foundation Trust, various charity Trustee roles and consultancy.
His current portfolio includes chairing the Sizewell C Community Forum, sitting on the HS2 Phase 2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme Panel and acting as a trustee and Vice Chair of Ormiston Families; a major regional children’s charity in East Anglia.
Keith Exford CBE, Chief Executive Officer
A leading figure in the UK social housing sector, Keith was Chief Executive of Affinity Sutton for over 20 years and will be leading the Clarion Housing Group.
A non-executive director of The Housing Finance Corporation, he is also a Trustee of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Mark Washer, Chief Financial Officer
Mark is Clarion Housing Group’s Chief Financial Officer and is a chartered accountant, having qualified with Deloittes. He is a Board Member and deputy chair of the National Housing Federation and is also a member of the Citizen’s Advice Trustee Board.