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 two 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
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.
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.
Rodger chairs BCHA’s Governance Committee.
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 businesses offering management consultancy and networking suppers for professional and entrepreneurial women.
Julie has been a member of the BCHA Board since 2014.
Aasia is an experienced housing professional with over 25 years’ experience in the housing sector and has a proven track record of developing strategic approaches, processes and managing teams within housing, resident involvement, community engagement, regeneration and access and customer care. She is committed to ensuring residents voices are heard, making a real difference as to how services are delivered.
Aasia has also worked on several European Social Funded projects, as well as writing major funding applications for the National Lottery, Lloyds Bank Foundation and UK Community Foundation. She has a PhD in Sociology and Social policy, with her thesis focusing on ‘green’ housing developments and their contribution to community cohesiveness.
Aasia is also a Board member of TPAS - a national tenant engagement organisation as well as on the Board of Directors and a Trustee for a multi academy trust in a Hampshire
With 20+ years’ experience in Social Housing, Chris has worked in both the front line and in central teams.
Over the last 10 years Chris has focused on Implementing Microsoft Dynamics and other Microsoft products at different housing organisations as well as delivering strategies that support getting customers online and providing channel choice. In March 2021 Chris set up his own business to support the implementation and adoption of Microsoft technologies across the sector.
Ann has worked at Director / Head of Service level in the spheres of finance, corporate resources, estates and business support. Ann’s most recent role, as Assistant Director of Strategy and Business Development, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust from 2015 until January 2019, involved leading on the development and delivery of major business cases and bids, such as the provision of mental healthcare input to the criminal justice system in Dorset.
Ann is keen to use her experience of working as an executive with Boards, along with a relevant and wide-ranging skillset, to support the objectives and work of BCHA.
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.
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.
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 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.
Paul chairs BCHA’s Development Committee.
Dylan Phillips (Vice Chair)
In 1986, Dylan became a GP, and later a Senior Partner, at NHS medical practices in Harpenden, until his retirement in 2016. Throughout that time, Dylan was also the Chairman of the Hertfordshire Drug & Alcohol misuse service for 11 years. He was the Chairman of a Clinical Commissioning Group for 10 years, and has experience in procurement management also. Following his retirement, Dylan now volunteers as a trustee in Streetscene Bournemouth alongside his role at BCHA.
Michael Wood (Chair)
Mike has a degree in politics and a masters’ degree in health policy and management. He has worked in the NHS since 1987. From 2000 he held a number of leadership roles as the Chief Executive at Mid Sussex Primary Care Trust; Chief Executive at NHS Hammersmith and Fulham; and later as Chief Executive at NHS East Sussex, responsible for two multi-million pound organisations. In 2014 Mike became the Director of Service Delivery at NHS Dorset CCG. Mike now works as a Transformation Director for the Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. He was a non-executive member of Building Better Health in North West London and has sat on a number of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and Safeguarding Committees and he has had a number of consultancy roles.
Asa Stevens (co-optee to the Audit, Risk & Treasury Committee)
Asa has been working in the Financial Services industry for over 20 years covering many roles including operations and (anti) financial crime leadership, risk management and currently transformation & operational excellence.
Having been a user of BCHA services at the turn of the millennium, Asa is keen to offer insight and guidance to BCHA using the skills gained since.
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.
How the Board Works
The role of our Board is to determine the mission, vision and strategy of BCHA and to direct, control and scrutinise the affairs of the Association.
To see more about what the Board does click on the BCHA Board Terms of Reference.
The Board has set up three committee to enable it to perform its role:
- Audit, Risk & Treasury Committee to manage risks faced by the organisation and ensure effective internal control and compliance
- Development Committee to oversee BCHA’s property development programme
- Governance Committee to ensure the Board works effectively
The chart below shows BCHA’s Governance Structure, including our subsidiary organisations (see also BCHA Family).