Raven's Group Board Members
Henrietta Irving (Vice Chair 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 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, 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
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.
Phil lives in Merstham and is an experienced social purpose CEO and blue chip finance director with 24 years’ diverse experience in Government and Charity owned organisations and blue chip companies in the UK, Russia, France and the Far East. Phil is CEO of StepChange, the UKs largest debt counseling charity. A Chartered Accountant, qualified treasurer and Chartered Marketer, Phil is also Chair of the Breck Foundation, a Caterham based on-line grooming awareness and education charity, training emergency services to spot signs of inappropriate on-line behaviour. Over the last 10 years Phil has specialised in environments where social good is the objective but the commercial environment requires extreme efficiency.
Greg is a qualified accountant with many years working across a variety of sectors. He has experience in financial management and governance. For over 10 years he has worked in the care sector, most significantly with Nuffield Health, one of the UK’s largest charities. As their CFO he had oversight of a range of functions including finance, audit, legal and estate management. Greg is now a CFO for 'Get Living'
He has gained board experience with a variety of companies and has sat on both audit and investment committees, bringing to them both commercial and financial expertise.
On a personal level, Greg is married with three grown up children and whist currently living in Hampshire; he remembers fondly his time as a Reigate resident.
Skills area: Finance, Audit, Risk Assurance, Financing, Treasury & Business Planning.
Vic O’Brien, Board Member and Chair of Raven Development Homes (Raven Build for Sale Subsidiary)
Vic commenced his career in housing in 1984 after obtaining a Masters Degree at the Centre of Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham. He moved to London in the late 80s to commence a career in housing association development.
Over the last 25 years he has led housing association development teams in London and the South West. For 10 years he was the Group Development Director at GreenSquare Housing Group where he led the expansion of GreenSquare’s development programme from a low base to a programme of 400 homes per annum. He led the implementation of a significant outright sale programme and the creation of an in house construction company with a £20m turnover.
Vic is presently the Partnership Director of Heylo Housing which is a company backed by a pension fund which invests in affordable housing. Vic is also the chair of the Placeshapers group and Board member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a mentor for the Housing Diversity Network. In 2013 Vic became a Churchill Fellow following his study of the affordable housing funding system in the USA. Vic is a regular speaker at NHF and CIH events.
Jonathan Higgs, Chief Executive joined Raven in August 2010. Jonathan worked for two house builders before joining Gloucestershire Housing Association as Development Director. He has been Chief Executive of Gloucestershire HA, and Oxford Citizens HA, and prior to joining Raven was Managing Director at Home Group. He has been vice chair of Placeshapers, a national network of over 100 housing associations and is a member of the National Housing Federation’s South East Standing Board. He has been a non-executive Director of two housing associations, an ALMO, and a variety of regeneration vehicles, which is where his passion lies. Jonathan has a degree in Geography, a degree in Town Planning, and an MBA.
Mark Baker, Director of Finance & Governance joined Raven in January 2019. He has worked across the public sector in Surrey and Hampshire including finance roles with local government (education, children's services and adult social care), policing and health. Before joining Raven he was Director of Finance for Sussex Police from 2010 and Director of Finance within Surrey and Sussex Heatlhcare Commissioning from 2016, both roles included responsibility for IT,Procurement and Estates. Mark is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.