Our board consists of a multi-disciplinary body of professional non-executive directors. It contains Members with a blend of skills and experiences that covers the breadth of Westmoreland’s activities including, Social Housing, Adult Social Care, Asset Management, Finance and Legal specialisms. Our Chief Executive became an Executive Director and joined the Board in 2021.
Declarations of Interest for all Members are held on a Register which is reported on annually to Board and is available for public scrutiny upon request to the Company Secretary.
Jayne joined Westmoreland as a Non-Executive Director in June 2019 following a 30-year career in Local Government. She became our Chair in March 2022
Jayne is a qualified solicitor and an expert in corporate governance, having held the office of Monitoring Officer and Corporate Director of Resources at Nottinghamshire County Council over many years. She is the founder of EMLawShare, clerks a number of charitable Trusts in Nottinghamshire, specialising in wellbeing and education. She is also the Vice Chair of Nethergate Academy, a school for children with special needs in Clifton Nottinghamshire.
Jayne is a passionate advocate for equality and was awarded Stonewall's Ally of the year award in 2018.
She is married with two sons, one stepson and twin grandchildren.
Senior Independent Director and Vice Chair
A construction specialist, Andy joined Westmoreland as a Non-Executive Director in January 2019 and became our Senior Independent Director and Vice Chair in 2020
Now retired Andy has worked as a specialist in the construction industry for over 45 years. Having started as an Apprentice Joiner, he moved through the ranks to hold both Managing Director and Executive positions since 2002 within the Housing Sector. His specialisms include directly employed building companies, overseeing employment and performance of sub-contract labour, asset management, new build and external business growth. Prior to joining the Westmorland Board in 2019 he spent a period of time doing private Consultancy work in these areas.
Andy has previously held several Board positions for other Housing Association and Charitable Boards.
He is married with two sons and four grandchildren.
Neil, a retired finance and local government expert, joined the Westmoreland Board in June 2019
Neil is a qualified Accountant and Risk Manager skilled in risk management finance and organisational development, having had a career of over 40 years within the public sector, including 18 years for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, culminating as Director of Finance and Resources. Neil served within the Territorial Army for 12 years and is a multi-talented jazz musician, playing tenor saxophone, guitar, clarinet and flute.
He is married, with 2 children and 2 energetic Welsh Springers
Vivien is an independent senior finance and audit specialist. Having spent a year providing contracted services to Westmoreland, she joined the Board in February 2022
Having served as a senior auditor for BDP for six years, Vivien worked as Group Financial Controller, then Group Finance Director for Plus Dane until 2015, when she became an independent advisor on strategic finance, tax and accounting issues. She acts in this capacity for multiple organisations, including, for a period before joining the Board, for Westmoreland. Vivien also holds multiple Non-executive and trustee positions for housing associations and schools.
She is a fellow of the ICAEW and is married with two children.
Cherry is a recently retired Adult Social Care and Health specialist who joined Westmoreland's Board in April 2022
Having spent 30 years working for Nottinghamshire County Council Cherry’s work experience includes; Quality Assurance and Market Management (in Community Care, Residential and Nursing Services ), Strategic Commissioning, Strategic Safeguarding, Procurement, Adult Care Financial Services, Service Development and Programme & Project Management.
Cherry has a proven track record of delivering complex programmes of work successfully which has included innovative services and improvements that are both safe, cost effective and sustainable for local communities. She is a highly skilled communicator who develops and sustains effective relationships that ensure improved outcomes for people who need support.
She is passionate, driven and totally committed to ensuring that people have high quality safe support which enables them to live independently, and believes that the only way to achieve this is by engaging, listening and working collaboratively with people and partners. This includes across organisational barriers, Regulators and also in collaboration with private sector partners.
Cherry is a bit of a foodie and enjoys travelling in both the UK and Europe. She is also a novice but enthusiastic gardener who is also in the process of completing a building project with her husband.
Alasdair is a business Consultant and independent NED, joining the Westmoreland Board in May 2022
Alasdair worked for 30 years in IT in large, blue-chip utility companies. His skills and experiences cover programme management, customer support, and a wide variety of business change management assignments including cultural change, organisational design & review as well as process re-engineering initiatives. These involved working across offices in England, Germany and India.
Alasdair has been a Board member at Aspire Housing since 2018 where he is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee; he recently stood down from a role at Sapphire Independent Housing serving on the Finance & Audit Committee and prior to that served as a Trustee at Parents and Children Together (PACT), one of the leading adoption agencies in England, where he chaired the Audit Committee and acted as interim Chair of that charity.
Alasdair is married with two children and two grandchildren and enjoys walking, golf and cooking.
Susan is a career consumer public relations and communications expert. She joined Westmoreland Board in May 2023, with a specific interest in enhancing and increasing the customer voice in our leadership decision-making
Having worked for 25 years in various sectors as a writer, researcher and editor, Susan moved to become freelance in 2019. Her current main client is a provider of training for housing associations, focused upon building excellence in customer service and leadership.
Susan has a daughter with complex needs and as such has an extensive understanding of the agencies, the complex systems involved and the significant need for providers to act as advocates of our customers and residents.
CEO and Executive Director
Steve was appointed as the chief executive of Westmoreland in April 2020 and was appointed as executive director in July 2021
Steve is an experienced leader and director, with 30 years of experience in business leadership and transformation in different sectors. He has worked in the Housing Sector for five years and is the founder and current Chair of the Specialised Supported Housing Network, a network of registered housing associations providing homes and services for vulnerable adults across England and Wales.
Steve is married with one daughter, currently at university.
Tom is a social housing expert who joined Westmoreland in January 2020
Tom holds a Masters in Housing and has worked in social housing throughout his career, initially in a Local Authority and then with regional and national Housing Associations. He has a wealth of experience across all areas of housing..
Tom is responsible for all aspects of customer experience and tenancies including lettings, tenancy management, income collection, asset management and growth as well as leading on our external relationship with Local Authorities, Care Providers and Developers.
Tom has a teenage daughter. With what little time he has left, he enjoys cycling and brews his own beer.
Adam is a qualified chartered accountant who joined Westmoreland in September 2021
Adam worked in accountancy practice for more than ten years, working with businesses and charities of all shapes and sizes. Between 2017 and 2019 he worked for a general needs housing association and subsequently he led the finances for a business unit at foreign exchange giant Travelex from 2019 to 2021.
Adam is responsible for Westmoreland’s day-to-day and strategic financial management, risk and IT, and is also Westmoreland’s lead for achieving Value for Money in all of its operations.
Adam is a keen musician, being proficient in piano and multiple brass instruments.