Meet the judges

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Jack Stephen, Head Judge, HANA Awards 2018

Jack is a chartered accountant and for eight years until 2015 he chaired the sector’s SORP Working Party and was a member of the Social Housing Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Jack was finance director and deputy chief executive of Thames Valley Housing for over 20 years, and prior to that was the finance director and treasurer for two banks based in London. Jack is now a non-executive director of a number of housing groups operating in the for profit and not for profit sectors, and chairs a homelessness charity, SPEAR.

Joseph Carr, Director, jc&a consulting

Joseph is a qualified accountant of more than 25 years - he has worked in the housing association sector for more than 20 years, this included a recent 8.5-year stint as Finance Policy Leader at the National Housing Federation. He has worked as a tax consultant at Deloitte, PwC and in his own consultancy practice. As Director of jc&a consultancy, he continues to provide support to housing associations on a range of issues, including: accounting, treasury, pensions, risk management, compliance, regulation and governance.

Phil Cliftlands, Partner, BDO

Phil leads BDO’s social and public enterprise team in London. He has worked extensively with housing associations, has co-led a statutory inquiry on behalf of the social housing regulator and also been seconded to a large national housing association focusing on treasury strategy. Phil has also worked closely with the Federation supporting the SORP Working Party’s development of the Housing SORP until April 2013, since which date, he became a member of the SORP Working Party. Phil has also been appointed as a board member and chair of finance committee of a specialist housing association, focusing on housing and support for vulnerable people.

Maria Hallows, Partner, Beever and Struthers

Maria leads Beever and Struthers’ national social housing team, using her wealth of experience to provide specialised and tailored advice to RPs. She is a member of the ICAEW Social Housing Committee and the SORP working party. Maria has achieved the ICAEW’s specialist Diploma in Charity Accounting, and is a trustee for an international cancer charity.

Susan Hickey, Executive Director of Finance, Peabody

Susan has over 25 years’ experience in leadership and senior roles including corporate finance, finance services, governance, legal and assurance and procurement.  She is a qualified chartered accountant with broad experience in accountancy practice and commerce, including property, banking and mortgage finance markets and government backed small business start-ups. 

Richard Petty, Lead Director of Residential Advisory, JLL

Richard has over 30 years’ professional experience, and is a specialist in affordable housing.  He advises on all aspects of the valuation and development of affordable housing.  His team values and advises on over 650,000 units of housing throughout the country, and reports valuations in excess of £25bn each year.  He acts for all the lenders in the sector, and his team has a client list of over 250 housing associations, large and small, including all the G15, as well as local authorities and private developers.  Richard is currently a board member and chair of Dolphin Living Limited; and a non-executive director of Anchor, the largest not-for-profit provider of retirement housing and care in the UK.  He is also a former chair of Richmond Housing Partnership.  Richard has previously been a partner of Drivers Jonas, Deloitte and King Sturge.

Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR

Vicky is an economist and former joint head of the UK’s Government Economic Service. She is currently chief economic adviser with the consulting firm CEBR. She was previously senior managing director at FTI Consulting and director general for economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Before that she was partner and chief economist at KPMG and previously worked in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts, is on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on BIS’ panel for Monitoring the Economy, on City AM’s shadow monetary policy committee and on the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF. She co-founded GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility, and in 2010-11 became the first female Master for the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.

Alan Smith, Group Director of Finance and Resources, County Durham Housing Group

Alan has worked in the housing sector for just over eight years having ‘stumbled’ into it from senior local authority finance roles. He has played a significant part in three large-scale stock transfers. He was instrumental in the formation of what became Derwentside Homes, livin, and most recently County Durham Housing Group.

Alan is currently Group Director of Finance and Resources at County Durham Housing Group, which has become one of the north east’s largest landlords with over 18,000 homes and a proactive new-build policy, where he is passionately focussed on large-scale transformational work. He is also on the board of Prosper, a leading procurement organisation focussed on delivering value in the affordable housing sector throughout the north east.

Keith Ward, Head of Social Impact Advisory, RSM

Keith has a dual role; he leads RSM’s Social Impact Advisory team and provides assurance and audit services to clients within the social housing sector. Over the last 20 years he has worked extensively with many housing associations, varying in size, to deliver specialist and tailored advice. As well as his external audit clients, Keith has recently supported other clients with: advice on FRS 102; introducing a social value identification and measurement framework; demonstrating cost effectiveness; adequacy of governance arrangements and fit for purpose risk management in the current social housing operating environment. Keith has recently presented at the NHF Housing Finance and Non-Finance Executives Conference 2016 and gave an Auditor’s Perspective of IDA at the recent CIH national roadshows.

Piers Williamson, Chief Executive, The Housing Finance Corporation

Piers has significant leadership experience in the financial services sector, both at an executive and non-executive level. He is a specialist in risk and risk governance. Piers has been the Chief Executive of The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC – a leading profit-for-purpose lender to UK Housing Associations) for the last fourteen years, working extensively with government and government agencies and is viewed as a sector expert on all aspects of housing finance. He has over 30 years of experience of the UK, US and European financial markets specialising in bank treasury risk management, securitisation and the interface between private sector financing and Government. He holds professional qualifications in both treasury and banking and in addition to his duties at THFC served as a non-executive member of the Homes & Communities Agency’s Regulation Committee for Social Housing between 2012 and 2015. In 2015, Piers received a lifetime contribution award at the HANA Awards, and in 2016, THFC won the prestigious Inside Housing ‘Innovative Finance Development of the Year’ award for its £3bn Affordable Housing Guarantee Scheme.

Nick Yandle, Policy Leader, National Housing Federation

Nick leads the Federation’s policy and engagement on existing homes and places, including asset management and regeneration and placemaking. He joined the Federation in January 2016, initially focusing on finance policy, efficiency and value for money, and the future of housing association rents. Nick was previously at Sanctuary Group having joined their graduate development programme in 2012, and progressed to the role of Legal Services Manager with additional responsibility for public affairs and political intelligence.