Board and Advisors

Our Board governs our organisation, setting direction and goals towards our core purpose.

The parent board is supported by two group sub-committees; Nominations & Remuneration and Risk & Audit.

cath wilson

Cath Wilson

Regenda Limited (Chair), Redwing (Chair), Nominations & Remuneration Committee

Cath is a qualified solicitor, with over 25 years experience of working with public and private sector entities across a diverse range of sectors and projects.

After leaving the legal profession in 1995, she worked as a Director at KPMG Corporate Finance until 2003 when she joined Ernst & Young, to head their Northern Infrastructure team. At the beginning of 2010, Cath set up her independent consulting business, where she continues to provide services to public sector institutions and private sector entities on infrastructure and project finance initiatives, joint ventures, reorganisations and operational efficiencies, project feasibility and appraisal.  Cath is also a non-executive director at the Eric Wright Group.

paul roberts

Paul Roberts

Petrus Community (Chair), Centre 56 (Chair), Regenda Limited, Redwing and Risk and Audit Committee

Paul currently Chairs the board of trustees for Petrus, which provides support and services to people who are homeless or in housing need and Centre 56 which provides domestic abuse support for families and children. Paul has extensive experience within the housing sector, working for one of the largest social housing organisations in the UK, the Guinness Partnership as an executive team member.

Paul has also held the role of Finance Director for a youth education company where he helped to establish its corporate functions including; finance, fundraising, IT and governance. He has also worked in Finance and Information Technology at Kelloggs, a small/medium enterprise in the aerospace industry and British Gas.

As a Chartered Management Accountant, Paul is an experienced finance professional and business leader with significant strategic experience across business sectors and has a track record of delivering business performance and implementing business change through successful teams.

tansy hepton

Tansy Hepton

Regenda Limited, Redwing and Risk and Audit Committee (Chair)

A clear analytical and strategic thinker, with extensive experience in risk management, business planning and governance spanning the public and private sector. Tansy has worked in the social housing sector since 2001, first as Director of Regulation at the Housing Corporation (then the regulator for the sector) and then as Director of Resources at Yorkshire Housing, where she was responsible for finance, technology, human resources, governance and project management. She qualified as a chartered accountant and spent 11 years working in financial services, specialising in planning and risk management.

stewart bonnette

Stewart Bonnette

Regenda Limited, Redwing and Risk & Audit Committee

With more than 36 years working in the construction and engineering sector, Stewart has worked with national and international contracting businesses, including 10 years of commercial management in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

In the UK he has held several Board level appointments including Managing Director in a number of private and public-quoted construction companies, operating both regionally and nationally, with sales of >£750m per annum.

He has extensive practical knowledge of all current forms of construction procurement including PPP/ PFI, Partnering and Frameworks, Design and Build, Design and Build Operate and Transfer and Performance Based Contracting.
He now runs a consultancy advising business on how to best tender into the public sector. His sector expertise includes engaging with Public organisations and includes the Housing and Communities Agency, Ministry of Defence UK, NHS, Ministry of Justice, The Education Funding Agency, Local Authorities and Universities.

caroline stubley

Caroline Stubley

Regenda Limited and M&Y Maintenance and Construction (Chair)

Caroline started her career in finance at Ernst and Young where she qualified as an accountant. Since qualifying she has spent the last 22 years in finance roles with such firms as Bardsley Construction Group and Knight Knox Limited. Firstly, at Ernst & Young she continued to travel with the firm within their technical and audit departments in Africa. On returning to the UK she moved into the retail sector and has subsequently held several executive board level appointments in the construction, property and real estate sectors over the last 14 years.

Caroline has significant experience in small and medium sized owner managed businesses and has held board appointments in regional construction businesses which have tripled in size during her tenure. She understands the importance of strategic planning within these fast-paced environments and is commercially focused.

Caroline is currently the finance director for a property investment business specialising in residential buy to let property.

Caroline is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

michael birkett

Dr Michael R. Birkett

Regenda Limited, Redwing, M&Y Maintenance and Construction, Centre 56, Petrus Community and the National Communities and Resource Centre (NCRC)

Michael joined Regenda as Group Chief Executive and member of the Board in March 2014. Prior to joining Regenda, he spent eight years as Chief Executive of The Calico Group and earlier in his career held senior roles at The Aspire Group and Liverpool Housing Action Trust.

Michael has held numerous Non-Executive Director roles and is currently the Chair of Plexus UK Limited (the Housing Association subsidiary of Mears Group PLC) and Chair of the Fabric District CIC that is focussed upon the regeneration of the London Road area of Liverpool City Centre. He is also a member of the Liverpool City Region Strategic Investment Panel.

Michael has a Doctorate from the University of Bristol and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Michael works with the Regenda Board to develop the Group’s Strategy. He is responsible for the attainment of the agreed strategic objectives, growth of the Group, day to day Group performance, leadership of staff and the development of external partnerships.

tom jones

Tom Jones

Regenda Limited, Risk and Audit Committee

Tom is a highly experienced senior executive, a credible leader of businesses with a reputation for safe and ethical operations, inspirational leadership, commercial discipline and consistently delivering against financial targets.

Currently, as advisor and managing director, he is working with governments and blue-chip organisations around the world, spearheading major strategic opportunities, finding finance and delivery partners and bringing them together as a coherent whole.

Previously, an executive director for NuGen, Tom was leading the project directorate to transform the organisation into a project delivery focused business. As vice president for strategy and business development for Amec Foster Wheeler, he led the development of the global nuclear strategy and secured more than £1billion of contracts in joint ventures and partnerships around the globe.

Tom has supported the UK Government’s ambitious and challenging nuclear industrial strategy, serving as chair of the Nuclear Industry Council’s trade and investment group. Previously, he was a board member of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, a trustee of Cumbria Community Foundation, and has chaired various industry-focused bodies created to support and develop nuclear capability and scope throughout the supply chain.

A proactive advocate of the need for the energy and infrastructure sector to source and develop diverse talent to build capacity, Tom’s work has been instrumental in the development of strong and trusting relationships between governments, regulators, academic institutions, utilities and supply chains around the world.

Earlier in his career, he had experience working in the nuclear, oil and gas, petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors with direct leadership accountability for delivering large-scale complex programmes. He holds a degree in engineering and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is a recipient of the prestigious Wise Man of the Year award 2016.

john wood

John Wood

Regenda Limited, Centre 56, Risk and Audit Committee

John’s academic background is in planning and he has had a lifelong career in social housing. He became qualified early in his career and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He has spent more than 37 years in the housing association sector, the bulk of which was with the Riverside Group from where he retired in April 2018. Much of that time was as a member of the Senior Management Team in a range of operational roles.

His experiences cover housing and asset management, community investment, development, low cost home ownership and stock transfers, as well as the wide range of responsibilities that go with corporate leadership in such a large, complex and diverse business as Riverside.

He has developed a strong balance of strategic vision along with a grasp for detail; an authentic leadership style focused on delivery, backed with a zeal for effective performance management; whilst at all times retaining an awareness of customer needs, expectations and challenges, and of the importance of having the customer voice heard.

lesley dixon

Lesley Dixon

Regenda Limited, Centre 56, Nominations & Remuneration Committee

Lesley is the Chief Executive at PSS, a social enterprise that works across the UK supporting people to live happy, healthy and hopeful lives.

PSS supports people in their home-life and in their relationship with their family. Over the last century PSS developed some of the best known names in community support including Age Concern, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Legal Aid. Today Lesley’s team are continuing the legacy of innovation with a strong focus on encouraging people to choose their own support and retain their independence wherever possible. To make this a reality PSS provides a range of services which work across a wide spectrum of personal experience and need. PSS’ work reaches far and wide but across the organisation, at the heart, is a dedication to designing and providing dynamic services that are shaped not by finance, ease or tradition but by each person that uses them.

Lesley’s commitment to empowering people who need support goes beyond her role within PSS, Lesley is a trustee of the Furniture Resource Centre – one of the first social enterprises in the UK and was previously a vice-chair of Mind and was also a commissioner on the Liverpool Fairness Commission. Lesley was also a member of ACEVO’s Health and Social Care Special Interest Group.

Before joining PSS Lesley worked at the University of Leeds and in 2010 received an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the student experience. Lesley is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

joanna wild

Joanna Wild

Regenda Limited, Centre 56, Nominations & Remuneration Committee (Chair)

Joanna is a FTSE 250 leader with a wealth of knowledge holding senior roles in both Aviation and Retail sectors. Currently Joanna mixes consultancy with non-executive roles. She specialises in delivering profit growth, operational efficiencies and customer excellence. Her experience within B2C organisations includes being a Managing Director overseeing a Retail division of 1200 stores and 8000 personnel.

michael o'doherty

Michael O’Doherty

Risk and Audit Committee member

Michael has held a number of roles in housing and local government organisations for over 20 years in the South West and North West of England, including the role of Assistant Director of Housing at Manchester City Council where he was responsible for private sector housing investment and renewal.

As Assistant Director of Environment for the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) he was responsible for driving low carbon investment in domestic and non-domestic buildings across Greater Manchester, including the Green Deal housing retrofit programme. More recently Michael has worked in the private sector as a housing and energy consultant and as Regional Programme Manager for the Government’s ‘One Public Estate’ Programme. He currently supports housing, regeneration and infrastructure projects as Project Director at Local Partnerships, a public sector advisory company jointly owned by HM Treasury, the Local Government Association and the Welsh Government.

Margaret Pierre

Margaret Pierre

Regenda Limited and NCRC Trustee

Margaret has worked within the voluntary sector for over 25 years. She was CEO of High Trees Community Development Trust in Lambeth for 10 years until 2019 when she left to start her own community development consultancy. She is currently a Co-CEO of ML Community Enterprise.

Margaret is a trustee for the National Communities Centre (Trafford Hall) and previously a member of the Steering Committee of Lambeth’s Black Thrive initiative which seeks to address systemic issues which contribute to poor mental health outcomes for individuals from black communities.

Margaret is a skilled and resourceful leader with extensive experience in organisational governance, development, coaching and training.  Margaret’s passion and drive is to support people and communities to achieve their potential. Margaret is currently undertaking a Masters in Consulting and Leading in Organisations.

Stephen Finnegan

Stephen Finnegan

Regenda Limited Board Advisor

Stephen has worked for over 25 years delivering Net Zero Carbon (NZC), climate risk and decarbonisation strategy, energy optimisation, insight, guidance and delivery to a wide range of organisations in the built environment and beyond.

With a vast amount of experience in delivering Net Zero Carbon design, strategy and implementation, he has worked with clients such as EasyJet, Volkswagen, European Commission, US Department of Energy, UK Department for Transport, Welsh Assembly Government, KFC, Royal Mail Group, Olympic Delivery Authority and ABInbev. He has also worked for some of the world’s leading consultancies including KPMG, EY, Ricardo, Arup and the European Commission for clients in the UK, US, Europe and China.

He currently works as an academic in the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool and is Managing Director of a private consultancy named Arete Zero Carbon. Stephen is highly experienced and qualified Board Advisor, his qualifications include: BSc, MRes, PhD, FHEA, CEnv, CSci, CMILT, PGCertHE, MIHT, MIEnvSci, AMIHIE.

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