Board and management

Andy Jones
Chair of the Board

Andy worked in financial services for 41 years, the best 15 years covering Wales and The South West funding Social Housing clients, which included the Teign transfer of housing stock from the council in February 2004. Andy is keen to work with a strong board, talented Chief Executive and talented staff to deliver excellent services to existing and potential new customers, including the delivery of much needed new affordable homes in our area of operation.

Alan Soper
Board Member

Alan’s background is in business management and leadership in facilities and building management companies. With this Alan brings a background in financial control, marketing and people management. Alan is very keen to use his experience and skills for the benefit of Teign Housing now and in the future and is a personal sponsor of the housing charity Shelter.

Angie Edward-Jones
Board Member

Angie offers a broad range of skills and experience gained over a considerable number of years working as a Senior Manager in social services and housing. Angie is currently the Head of Customer Experience and Assurance for another Housing Association with specific expertise in business continuity, audit, quality, risk management and customer service. Angie sits on Teign Housing’s Board as it gives her an opportunity to contribute to the community and accomplish new goals.

Stephen Cook
Board Member

Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a freelance housing consultant. Previously he was Chief Executive of a stock-transfer housing association. His housing career started in the early 1980s working in Bristol; then Sussex, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Wolverhampton and Wales. Stephen is also chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing's Professional Standards Committee, and he hopes that his eye for detail, varied experience and passion for social housing will make a positive contribution to the success of Teign Housing.

James O'Dwyer
Board Member

James brings a wealth of experience from various Housing Association and Board positions, and contributes a broad knowledge of development and maintenance to the Business Investment Panel. James joined the Board to use his knowledge and skills locally, and is keen to help Teign Housing develop as a company and contribute to development of new homes for the local community.

Mary Bennell
Board Member

Mary has worked in social housing at a senior level for over 25 years specialising in property, regeneration and procurement. As a director of property in a number of organisations , she had overall responsibility for delivering large scale planned maintenance and improvement programmes and for ensuring compliance with statutory requirements for buildings and homes. She is currently Director of the South West Procurement Alliance based in Exeter, the regional arm of LHC a national construction procurement organisation. She is also Chair of the Constructing Excellence South West Smart Construction Theme Group and a trustee/founder of a charity that supports sustainable livelihoods for persons with disability in Northern Uganda. She hopes to bring her experience and knowledge to Teign Housing to ensure that all resident’s homes are safe, of high quality and meet residents needs now and in the future.

Maureen Robinson
Board Member

Maureen brings extensive Board experience in the NHS and social housing, as well as local government, to Teign. She also has considerable professional knowledge about the process of ageing and hopes to be able to encourage greater joint working between housing, adult services and the NHS for the benefit of residents. Maureen strongly believes that everyone has a right to a decent home and that this should be achieved through a co-operative relationship between landlord and residents.

Stuart Davies
Co-optee

Stuart has worked in social housing for well over 30 years and is passionate about the difference a settled, secure home can make to a person’s life chances. In the last two decades he’s been an Operations Director or Executive in some of the largest Housing Associations operating across the South West. In April 2020 he set up his own company and is currently working as an ‘Interim Executive’ in a housing organisation in Ireland.

Steve Higginson
Independent Audit Committee Member

Steve has, throughout his career, strived to achieve the highest standards of probity within his roles. For the last 13 years he was Director of Resources and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive for a registered social landlord in Wales and served on several Boards. Prior to this Steve was a Regulation Analyst for the Housing Corporation. Steve has contributed to the current rent policy for Wales, the Affordable Housing review and Community Housing Cymru where he is currently Treasurer and a Board Member. In previous roles he was a member of the SORP working party and spoke at NHF Conferences.

Senior Management Team

Jo Reece
Chief Executive & Board Member

Jo is a Certified Accountant who has worked in the housing sector for 15 years. Prior to this she had a varied career in the public and commercial sectors, working in the energy industry, facilities management and healthcare. She has been a Board Member of 2 other housing associations and is currently a Business Mentor for the Princes Trust supporting young people in setting up their own business. Jo believes that a viable housing association can deliver good services to residents, build new homes for the future and contribute to the local community.

Helen Hilditch
Head of Finance

Helen has a degree in Economics and is a Chartered Management Accountant. Helen joined Teign Housing in 2016 with over 20 years of experience of working in the field of Finance and Accounts, in a range of different industries including Manufacturing, Retail and the Social Care sector. Helen enjoys working in an organisation that can truly contribute to the local community by providing a good standard of housing for local people.

Karen Johnson
Head of Corporate Services

Karen has over 20 years experience in the housing sector including social housing and defence housing. Prior to this she worked for the Ministry of Defence nationally in several roles including Human Resources, Training and Procurement. She is a qualified Coach practitioner, lead auditor and Investor in People advisor. Karen has extensive experience of change management and performance improvement. She joined Teign Housing in 2011 as our Head of Corporate Services and is passionate about developing staff and improving experiences for our customers.

Amanda Nicholls
Head of Housing Services

Amanda has over 25 years experience in the housing sector and prior to Teign Housing has held a raft of senior positions within both Birmingham City Council and Accord Group. She holds a masters degree in coaching and has lead on a series of change management programmes within both social housing and care and support. In 2017 she was shortlisted for a national ‘inspiration’ award. She has held the position of chair for a women’s charity in Birmingham as well as sitting on a school’s board of governors. Amanda firmly believes in making work fun and enjoyable whilst trying to find innovative and creative ways to achieving high performance and delivering value for money.

Tony Sharland
Head of Asset Management and Development

Tony has had a varied career in a number of sectors. Having trained in architecture and construction surveying, he has been a buyer for a large building supply company and managing director of a national roofing and cladding contractor. He joined Teign Housing in 2014 after working for 15 years for another housing association as Head of Asset Management. He is on the board of trustees for two local community organisations. Tony enjoys working for an organisation that is truly focused on providing high quality affordable housing for local communities.