Our Group Board Members

Ashley Horsey (Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director)

Ashley has 25 years experience working in social housing, much of it spent tackling homelessness. He has extensive experience at both senior executive and Board level in housing associations.

In a varied career Ashley was for three years a senior civil servant as Head of the Government's Bed & Breakfast Unit, where he successfully reduced the use of B&B hotels as temporary accommodation for homeless families. He was Chief Executive of the campaigning charity, The Empty Homes Agency, as well as one of the founders and Commercial Director for Local Space, a housing association in East London. Ashley is currently the Chief Executive of Commonweal Housing, an independent charity.

Skills area: Housing Management, Housing Policy, Business Planning

Arthur Merchant

Arthur is a qualified Public Finance Accountant with extensive experience of working in the public and not for profit sectors including Local Government, the NHS as well as Education and Housing.

For over 20 years he was the Head of Housing for a major firm of Chartered Accountants with client responsibilities for external and internal audits as well as a range of consulting and advisory assignments , in the public and not for profit sectors including Local Government and the NHS.

He has Board level experience as a Board member for two other housing groups and also brings commercial expertise, having been a Board member of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce for seven years. He was also Chair of his accounting firm’s Supervisory Board, an equivalent Board level appointment. He has served for many years as a member of the CIPFA Housing Association Panel.

Skills area: Audit and Assurance, Risk Management, Treasury Management, Business Planning, Governance and Regulation.

Henrietta Irving (Board Member and Chair of Remuneration and Nomination Committee)

Henrietta is a senior finance professional with 20 years’ experience of property and infrastructure partnerships between the public and private sectors and charities.

She is a Chartered Accountant who combines a rigorous approach to risk management and governance with a strong commercial sense, honed over years of involvement as a professional adviser and in commerce.

She worked at John Laing for over 12 years, most of that time as Head of Tax, and was involved in all its' major transactions. Henrietta is now a Trustee of their Pension Fund. Before this, she was at KPMG London for 17 years, specialising in infrastructure and government clients.

Henrietta is on the audit committee of RISE CIC (a mutual company providing rehabilitation services for people with complex needs)

Skills area: Strategic Risk Management, Strategic Financial Management, Public Private Partnerships

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards is the Director responsible for three of LGP’s sector specialist funds, the Industrial Property Investment Fund, Arlington Business Parks and The English Cities Fund.

Paul's wider responsibilities include oversight of the property management and insurance of the LGP investment portfolios. He is a member of the Investment Committee with responsibility for approval of investment transactions for all LGP funds. Paul is chair of the Association of Real Estate Funds Corporate Governance Committee. He oversees the current and future corporate governance framework of LGP’s unlisted property fund structures. Paul joined Legal & General Property Limited in 1990 as a Graduate Surveyor.

Paul became a Fund Manager in 1997 and assumed responsibility for the Industrial Property Investment Fund at that time. He was promoted to Associate Director in 2006 and Director of LGP in July 2008. Paul is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and holds an honours degree in Estate Management from Kingston University.

Skills area: Property Fund and Asset Management, Investment and development of industrial property.

John Amans

John, who lives in central Redhill, has been a resident of Raven since 2004 and has been a member of the Raven Resident’s Federation for the last two years. He has worked in Finance for local NHS Trusts and currently works for Surrey County Council in Adult Social Care Finance in Reigate.

John wanted to be involved with the Raven Board to continue making a contribution and to make sure the link between residents and Raven is maintained, strengthened and developed for the best interests of all.

Skills area: Finance, Health & Social Care

Karen Goldman

Karen, who lives in Tadworth, has been a resident of Raven since 2006 and joined Raven’s Board in 2015. Karen currently works for Atkins Ltd, supporting the Management Accountant and Financial Controller in Epsom Gateway.

Karen wanted to be involved with Raven's Board to offer a resident's points of view and to continue to improve the relationship between Raven and its residents.

Skills area: Finance

Annelise Tvergaard

Annelise works as a design consultant and strategist for global design firm, Gensler. Through her consulting work, she aims to improve people’s quality of life. Her particular interest is how the physical environment is experienced and how it affects people’s behaviour.

With a degree in History of Art and after working as a researcher at Foster + Partners, Annelise brings her knowledge of history, academic discourse and visual analysis to Gensler, coupled with first-hand experience of cutting edge architectural projects.

Aside from researching current and future trends in the workplace, Annelise is involved with change management and building activity analysis. She takes an active role in a range of employee engagement activities, communications, data analysis and presentation of data.

Skill areas: Design Analysis, Design Strategy, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Data Analysis, Building Performance

David Gannicott

A senior sector leader, David has worked at Board and Executive Strategic level in the Housing sector for over 25 years.

David currently works for Hyde as part of the Executive Management Team heading up the Group Business Development Directorate.

Sitting on Hyde’s Group Board and the Group Investment Committee, David is also a Director of Hyde PRS and Chair of Hyde’s Housing for Sale subsidiary Hyde Vale. David is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Business Development Directorate which includes leadership of the Development Teams (London and South Coast); Sales and Marketing and Hyde's PFI operations.

David’s experience is multi-faceted spanning the private, public and voluntary sectors across all business disciplines with a particular focus on commercial asset management, growth and estate regeneration. He is also a Justice of the Peace sitting in the Newham Court area.

Skills area: Development, Regeneration, Sales and Marketing, Change Leadership

Dawn Kenson (Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee)

Dawn has over 20 years experience as a financial services executive, predominantly with The Woolwich and Barclays Bank plc, where she was the Managing Director of a subsidiary financial advisory company. Here she led all of the major commercial business functions including operations, sales, marketing, business and product development and HR, with particular responsibility for regulatory training and development.

She is now an established Non-Executive Director with over 10 years experience working on cross sector Boards and Board Committees. Her portfolio has spanned Central Government, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Agencies, Charities, and commercial companies which support the public sector. Currently she serves on the Boards of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Northern Ireland Office and Trinity House as both a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Skills area: Board level expertise in Business Management, Operational and Performance Management, Governance, Audit, Assurance and Risk Management.