Meet the Board

Our organisational structure includes a Board of Trustees who keep a close eye on our services and values.

Our Board comprises of 12 members; the majority are elected by shareholders at our Annual General Meetings, and there are three Church nominees. Although serving in a voluntary capacity, our Board members possess a balance of skills and experience, from both public and private sectors.

Dee O' Neill (Chair)

Dee has over twenty years’ senior management experience within the construction and development sector, the last ten years of which were working exclusively with affordable housing clients. Dee was one of the founding Board members of Woman in Social Housing (WISH) and currently sits on the south-west regional board of WISH. She recently served as Chair of Greenoak Housing Association and is currently Deputy Chair of Probus Housing Society, where she has worked to develop and implement an Asset Management and Development Strategy.
Dee currently works as a business consultant engaged with a number of FMCG and Retail Companies in customer experience research. 

Rodger Hawkyard

A fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Rodger has spent over 35 years in local government, most recently as Head of Property for Southampton City Council until his retirement in early 2016. This role involved developing the Council’s Corporate Property Strategy and carried responsibility for revenue budgets totalling £37 million per annum and capital budgets totalling £34 million.
Rodger’s senior-level management experience offers strength in change management, strategic and financial management, and all aspects of property management.

Julie Leigh

From 1974 to 2004 Julie was employed by Barclays Bank where she undertook a wide range of activities latterly as Lending Manager lending to business up to £5m turnover. From 2004 to 2009 she worked for Business Link providing help and support for businesses which she continued to do through her own business until 2013. Then until her retirement in 2013 Julie ran her own business offering management networking suppers for women. Julie sits on the Audit, Risk and Finance committee and is Chair of the New Leaf Board.

Graham Westwood

Graham is a tenant Board member with over 30 years’ experience of living in the rented sector so brings valuable insight to the work of the Board. He has served on Youth Offending Team panels dealing with case decisions for young offenders and currently works as a team supervisor for a local cleaning firm. 

Melanie Earnshaw

A qualified lawyer, Melanie is a freelance consultant advising local authorities in employment and governance issues and is an associate trainer with South West Councils. Melanie previously worked for Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset councils most recently planning and implementing joint workforce and governance arrangements for the shared service partnership between the 2 councils.  Previous roles include HR Service Manager, Head of Governance, and Corporate & Housing Services Manager. Melanie is a speaker for Dorset County Council’s Springboard programme for women and has experience of strategy development in housing and homelessness. 

Gill Downey

A Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer, Gill has 18 years’ experience working at senior manager and Finance Director level within the Social Housing Sector. Gill brings to the Board strong financial management and financial reporting skills, with the ability to think strategically and analytically, along with experience in managing subsequent innovation or change.

Jonathan Rickard

Jonathan qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1989 and is currently Head of Land and Planning at Radian Ltd, responsible for delivering a programme of approximately 600 homes per year across six counties. Jonathan has developed and implemented design and quality standards for Radian, which has won several awards over the last seven years for design and sustainability.
Jonathan is a non-executive Director of SECBE, a regional board for Constructing Excellence in London and the South East, a RIBA specialist Housing Group member, and judge on the panel for the Constructing Excellence awards. 

Gerry Moore

A qualified Social Worker, Gerry has 23 years’ senior management experience in Local Authority children’s social work, including 12 years as Head of Children’s Social Care in the Borough of Poole until her retirement in 2016. Gerry’s role provides experience in the commissioning environment and the local political scene, together with a clear understanding of risk, due diligence and appropriate attention to detail.
Gerry brings to the Board experience in driving high professional standards and expectations in front line practice, with a focus on organisational culture, staff engagement and continuous professional development. 

Sally Reay

A recently retired Finance Director, Sally has current experience of the Social Housing sector including regulatory and funding requirements, along with extensive experience of corporate treasury and tax, financial and management accounting and control, acquisitions and disposals, insurance and business re-engineering. 
Sally currently sits on the Board of Ability Housing and chairs its Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Paul Dyer

Paul moved to Bournemouth in 1976 after qualifying as a solicitor, subsequently becoming senior conveyancing partner of a local firm of solicitors, and is now a consultant. For thirty years he has been involved in family property letting, management and development companies.  Paul’s interests include nature conservation, literature, cricket and cycling. Paul is a trustee for Vita Nova.

Our Shareholding Membership Policy

If you have an interest in BCHA's work, you can become a shareholding member and will be entitled to vote at our Annual General Meeting. Becoming a shareholder costs £1.

Membership is open to individuals aged 18 years or over, including BCHA residents, as well as organisations. We particularly seek to encourage applications from minority groups.

Applications for shareholding membership, or membership of the Board, may be made in writing, either by letter sent to our Head Office address, or by email. Further information and the BCHA Rules are available from the Company Secretary.

Click here to read our Shareholding Membership Policy.

Code of Governance

In 2010, BCHA formally adopted the National Housing Federation's "Excellence in Governance" code. Click here to view our compliance statement with this Code. If you have any queries about this, please address these to our Company Secretary.

Click here to read our BCHA Governance Framework.