Introducing the team...
Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07891 836 978
Bill is an expert in financial planning and strategy, with over 20 years experience at a senior level. As Head of Finance at Accent Group over a period of growth from £15m turnover to £100m he was responsible for the Group’s financial business planning, and was a key member of the team successfully delivering mergers, commercial acquisitions and healthcare PFI projects.
He is an accredited business partner with Brixx Solutions business planning software, implementing and advising on financial business plans for a range of housing organisations, from one with just 180 units through to the creation of a new 48,000 unit group.
Bill has been involved with most of the Sector’s accounting policy changes over the last 20+ years, including the implementation of component accounting. His fundamental understanding of housing finance, including his knowledge of "how we’ve got to where we are now" is being put to good use by clients with the transition to IFRS under the 2014 Housing Finance SORP. His experience of managing Social Housing balance sheet valuations and extensive use of NPV methodology in assessing asset performance gives him an intuitive understanding of the HCA's VfM standard, and what it hopes to achieve for the Sector. This, combined with his audit and risk management skills give clients a practical understanding of the new governance regime for HAs, including asset & liability registers.
His diverse experience also includes anti-poverty work for housing providers, not-for-profit personal finance provision, a joint venture property development company, strategic performance benchmarking, £425m of refinancing packages, and the development and implementation of new group finance and procurement systems. Bill is also a founder member of River Bain Hydro Ltd, a community-owned hydro-electric scheme.
Contact Sue at email@example.com
Sue has over 20 years experience as an FCCA within local government, including 16 years as Head of Finance and Acting Deputy Chief Finance Officer, at Brighton & Hove City Council. As Deputy Chief Finance Officer for South Downs National Park she was responsible for the implementation and management of financial services provision for the newly created organisation.
Council housing has been a significant part of her career portfolio and she developed Brighton & Hove Council's first HRA Business Plan, introduced rent restructuring, supported the procurement of a £200m repairs and improvement contract, undertook the financial analysis in preparation for Housing Stock Transfer and identified significant efficiency savings through benchmarking to meet a £100m investment gap. As Sue has been responsible for HRA Budget Strategy her experience has involved finance policy changes around the HRA including self financing, understanding Right to Buy policy changes and Welfare Reform. She has extensive experience of understanding and using NPV’s and other data to determine asset performance, and used this data to determine properties for transfer to a local delivery vehicle.
Sue's experience includes support for major projects, options appraisals, drafting contract specifications, tender and bid preparations, and development appraisals for projects from 2 to 1000 homes. She is also skilled at identifying efficiencies and implementing staff restructuring using change management techniques.
Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07964 282 738
John has several decades achievement at the highest levels across the housing and regeneration field, including housing strategy, housing management, investment, and urban regeneration. In consultancy, he has successfully tackled a wide range of challenges for councils, housing associations and government agencies. His work ranges from sector-leading modern approaches to business planning, asset management, data analysis and option appraisal, through to anti-poverty strategy and practice. He is a national expert on strategic asset management and is the author of the Scottish Housing Regulator’s guidance on the subject. His past track record includes being Director of Investment and Regeneration for Glasgow Housing Association, in its most exciting early years, and, before that, a long spell at the top in Sheffield City Council, playing a leading role in achieving Sheffield’s highly regarded approach to housing and regeneration. John is a board member of Unity, a Leeds-based housing association with a proud BME and regeneration background.
Contact Steve at email@example.com or 07860 838 412
Steve has over 25 years of experience working in the social housing and regeneration, with a unique range of experience at senior management, executive and non-executive levels. In consultancy, Steve has experience of asset management, business plan enhancement, development, options appraisals and supporting people reviews. His background includes being Executive Director for New Business at Home Group, overseeing one of the largest development, asset management and market renting businesses in the country, and previously senior roles in housing management, supported housing/care provision and development/new business, including Anchor Trust and Sanctuary Housing Group. Steve has been for many years a Non-Executive Director of Community Links, a leading mental health services charity in Yorkshire, including a lengthy stint as chair.
Contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07968 571 601
Tony is a Town Planner and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Together with an extensive experience in housing and regeneration, these combine to offer a unique blend of strategic skill sets at a senior management level.
He has spent over 35 years specialising in the delivery of affordable housing within sustainable mixed tenure neighbourhoods both directly for and on behalf of local government, registered social landlords and private developers. With a career spanning public and private sectors including Registered Providers, Tony brings considerable experience and expertise in:
- Strategic investment frameworks, Action Plans and delivery programming
- Bid development and creating USPs.
- Asset management reviews and neighbourhood renewal
- Investment/delivery action plans on the ground, specifically relating to reinvestment and new build investment in affordable housing
- Governance and compliance audit reviews
His experience includes:
- Organisational reviews for programme delivery functions for Registered Providers
- High level investment, placemaking and delivery planning for both the public and private sector in a neighbourhood renewal context e.g. Rotherham, Kirklees, London Borough of Ealing, Derby, Sandwell and Bradford investment
- Asset options advice to North Lincolnshire Homes and other RP’s
- Audit and advisory roles with public sector interventionists
- Local reinvestment programme adviser for Lozells North, Birmingham for an RP
- Delivery framework for West Lancashire DC regarding Skelmersale Town Centre
- Business Plan and funding sourcing for the very successful CIQA Cube managed workspace initiative in Sheffield
Contact Rhona at email@example.com or 0113 386 9291
Rhona has specialised in VAT throughout her career initially as a VAT inspector with HMRC (then HMC&E) and subsequently in practice. She has previously held senior roles with a number of leading accountancy practices. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Rhona has extensive experience across a variety of business sectors. She has particular experience in the social housing sector and with commercial property transactions. Her current client portfolio includes:
- Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing
- several large developers of student accommodation, and,
- a well-known national retail chain with significant property interests.
Rhona also spent two years supporting Accent Group as their in-house VAT consultant where she provided VAT support on a major group restructuring programme, steered the business successfully through a VAT inspection and agreed a new, simplified, partial exemption method with HMRC.
One of Rhona’s key areas of work involves helping clients to resolve VAT disputes and areas of uncertainty. Her approach is to work constructively with HMRC wherever possible. She is one of only a few VAT practitioners with direct experience of HMRC’s new Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process and has recently successfully concluded two significant cases using the ADR route.
Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07807 575 707
Bill has over 20 years senior local authority management experience as Head of Housing for North East Derbyshire District Council that included developing the first housing PFI and several area based regenerations. Unusually, he also has several years recent experience of senior management within the private sector through leading multi-disciplinary teams on major housing and regeneration projects for major building contractors and capital investment consortiums. His latest move into consultancy enabled him to develop a methodology that creates long term sustainable business plan efficiencies from developing and delivering an integrated asset management strategy for social landlords. His work also includes service development, and strategic bid support for major projects and service contracts.