Board and management

Maureen Robinson
Chair of the Board

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.

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.

Stuart Davies
Board Member

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.

Joanna Davoile
Board Member

Joanna brings a wealth of experience from various Housing Association and Board positions and contributes a broad knowledge of housing development, regeneration and sustainability. Joanna joined the Board to use her knowledge and skills locally and is keen to help Teign Housing develop as a company and contribute to its development of new homes for the local community. She hopes to bring her experience and knowledge of decarbonisation to Teign Housing to ensure that all residents’ homes are safe, of high quality and meet residents’ needs now and in the future.

Steve Higginson
Board 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.

Rebecca Harwood Lincoln
Board Member

Rebecca has global leadership experience, including marketing, project management, business planning and international negotiation. Rebecca is a Monitor for the European Innovation Council, reviewing and constructively challenging start up business plans. She is Chair of Governors at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School, a Trustee of Edukaid (an award-winning education charity) and La Folia (a music charity). Rebecca is also a mentor for Women in Innovation via Innovate UK. Rebecca believes passionately in giving back to her community and is a regular volunteer for Wiltshire Creative.

Sean Palka
Board Member

Sean brings a wealth of business management experience as well as strategic leadership gained in the legal sector. His legal knowledge of the property and development market enhances and complements the current Board’s combined skills and knowledge. Sean is currently working with a homeless charity and firmly believes that everyone has the right to a safe and well maintained home. Sean sits on the Teign Housing Board as it gives him an opportunity to contribute to the wider community and accomplish new goals.

Colin McDonald
Independent Audit Committee Member

Colin is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has served on the national governing body. With over 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector in Somerset he brings with him an independent view and perspective of risk management. He passionately believes independent scrutiny of, and challenge to, Teign’s risk and audit environment is central to our continued success. Colin is a voluntary fundraiser for St Margaret’s Hospice. He is currently the Chair of Norton-sub-Hamdon Community Land Trust, a trustee of Citizens Advice South Somerset and also served on the Joint Independent Remuneration Panel for three councils.

Executive Management Team

Jo Reece
Chief Executive & Board Member

Jo is a Certified Accountant who has worked in the housing sector for 25 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
Director of Finance & Investment (Deputy Chief Executive)

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.

Marcus Taylor
Director of People & Technology

Marcus is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development with 30 years experience of public, private and charitable appointments. Since completing a military career which included operational service all over the world, Marcus has held several senior roles, including Head of Business Improvement and Transformation for Babcock International Group, interim CEO of a large 36-school multi-academy Trust and Operations Director for AXA PPP. He is also an experienced Trustee and non-executive with voluntary service on several non-profit and trust boards. Marcus joined Teign Housing in November 2023 and is passionate about delivering a high-quality service for our tenants, our staff and stakeholders.

Amanda Nicholls
Director of Customers and Communities

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.