We are governed by a management board. The Board makes strategic decisions and monitors our performance. It sets our overall direction and checks on our progress in delivering on our mission to provide great housing services for thriving neighbourhoods.
The Board is made up of seven residents, five independents and three Councillors who help to keep us focused and challenge our management team to ensure we are doing the right things to deliver improved services.
Our resident board members bring first-hand experience of our services and the issues and concerns that are important to our residents. Our independent board members bring expertise in areas such as finance, development, property management and governance. Our Council board members bring a wider perspective on community issues across Lewisham and help ensure we are working effectively with the Council and for the community.
|Ainsley Forbes (Chair of the Board)
Ainsley is a property developer with many years’ experience as Assistant Director of Social Services with a local authority, He retired from L&Q Board having been a group Board member since 1990.Ainsley was awarded an MBE for services to social housing in London in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011.
|Ophelia Bobori (Vice Chair)
Ophelia was appointed to the Board in September 2013 and has been a Lewisham Homes resident since 1992. She is a qualified Pharmacy Technician and has previously worked as welfare benefits advisor for several different charities that provide help and support to people who are homeless.
|Councillor Susan Wise
Susan Wise was first elected as a Member of Lewisham Council in 1998, and since 2006 has represented the ward in which she lives. Susan was the Mayor of Lewisham’s Cabinet Member for Housing from 2002 until 2006 and oversaw the delivery of a successful Decent Homes Strategy for the authority, and major improvements to the council’s Housing Needs and Homelessness services.As the Mayor’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services from 2006 to 2014, her portfolio included strategic housing and environmental services where, amongst other major improvements to those areas, she led on a successful Customer Services transformation programme to improve services to residents across the whole council. Susan is a born and bred Londoner who appreciates and understands the environmental and housing issues affecting our capital, and works towards improving them for Lewisham residents.
Nigel became a resident Board member in Autumn 2016. His passion for tackling social inequality motivates every aspect of his voluntary work to empower and support his communities.He has a particular interest in supporting public engagement with health, local government and housing.A Lewisham resident and council tenant of 30 years, Nigel’s voluntary work includes being a trustee of Lewisham Healthwatch which makes sure that health and social care listen to people’s views and experiences and act on them.He is an Associate Tutor for Greenwich University where his role involves providing a lived service user’s perspective to health and social care.Nigel is also a committed member of Lewisham Tenants Fund. His involvement with how Lewisham spends money from rent payments demonstrates his unwavering support for tenants self-managing and directing their own resources. He has considerable experience in procurement and outsourcing and has worked at senior level in local government in human resources and facilities management.
Sarah was appointed as an independent Director in September 2009. She has a wealth of experience in social housing spanning 20 years, and is currently a member of the Strategic Executive Team at Amicus Horizon. This role means that she regularly meets with residents to ensure that they are the heart of the plans for the future.Sarah is a member of Lewisham Homes’ Audit Committee.
Terry has been an independent Board Member since January 2007 and is the Chair of our Audit & Risk Committee. He is a Chartered Engineer and Certified Project and Risk Manager, and holds an MBA in finance and procurement and an MSc in computing. He is the Managing Director of Buxton Development Partnership, property developers and general management consultants.Terry is also a school governor, a former visiting lecturer at the London South Bank University, a Housing Association Chairman and a Director of Estates and Facilities in the NHS. His key skills are leadership and his ability to deliver.
Cllr Joan Reid has represented Lewisham Central ward since 2014. She chairs one of the planning committees and sits on strategic planning at Lewisham Council.Having worked in the housing sector for over half a decade she has a good understanding of the current challenges facing the industry. She has a particular interest in reforming local public services to ensure health, local government and housing can integrate to secure better outcomes for the people it serves.