Board and Executive Team – Bios

The directors and senior team have a long history of forging partnerships with a number of local and national agencies which has allowed us to manage stock and deliver holistic housing management services on behalf of other providers.

The Senior Team- Our Managing Director Dominic Bradley and Director of Housing both have over 15 years of experience in the area of housing management, acquiring private housing and working within the social housing sector.

The Head of Business Development in the past 3 years has developed services supported by two million of grant funding focused on opportunities, skills development and homeless service improvements. We have a team of skilled front line staff who along with the senior team are currently volunteering their time during this start up phase to deliver direct support.


 

 

 

 

Tonia Clarke

Chair 

 

Tonia Clark is a qualified accountant with over 25 experience of supporting the voluntary sector with. Her senior management experience is broad encompassing finance, HR, governance, training and contract management. She has sector experience within drug and substance misuse, sexual health, young people services, schools, the arts.  She holds the position of  Finance and Resources Manager for Aquarius for the past 8 years. This is a Midlands wide charity working with people and families around alcohol problems.  It has a turnover of just under £7m.  She is responsible for finance, HR, IT and administration teams and  she has organisational responsibility for budgets, health and safety, premises and information governance. And deputises for the Chief Executive in her absence.

 

Tonia is an experienced non- executive board member including for the BBC Trust, School governor and Community recording studio. She is an active community organisor.

 
 

 

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Cllr Preet Kaur Gill

Board Member

 

Preet is a Labour Councillor in Sandwell and cabinet member for public health and protection.

She also sits on the West Midlands police and crime panel, and Sandwell Health and Wellbeing board.
She is a Director for Spring Social housing Board and  a Bank Inspector for Care Quality Commission.
Preet was also vice chair of the West Midlands Race and equality advisory board and actively campaigns on local and national matters, particularly on human rights issues.

Preet is  a core part of The Sikh Network and was heavily involved in the Sikh Manifesto.

Preet has been involved in events regarding better Sikh and female representation in politics. She has also spoken publicly at many different events. Preet has extensive experience in working in local government roles, stemming from a background in children services.

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Katie Moore

Board Member

 

Katie Moore has spent 6 years in the housing sector starting as a graduate and now in post as Group Head of Performance, Risk and Intelligence at WM Housing Group. Katie has particular knowledge and experience in the following areas; performance reporting, bespoke reporting, research design, evaluations including social return on investment, policy and strategy interpretation and working with data and information to deliver insight. Katie also has risk management and customer feedback into her service portfolio.

 

Katie has also served as a Board member for two years for another housing association in the East Midlands.

 

Prior to her time spent in housing Katie worked in the charitable /criminal justice sector working directly with offenders and was also a mentor for high risk offenders via the Probation Service.

 

Katie is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and holds a Post Graduate diploma in Housing Studies and first class degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

 

 

 

 Paul Hibbert

Board Member

 

Paul is a qualified accountant and fellow of the CMI, with fifteen years experience in the charity sector, and is currently Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the charity LionHeart. Working in smaller charities means that Paul has gained experience across a broad range of remits, including strategic planning, leadership, finance, HR, IT among others.

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 Neil De Costa

Board Member

 

Neil has over 21 years’ experience within the public sector, managing the delivery of a variety of community-focussed services ranging from arts, sport and leisure to housing, neighbourhood renewal, neighbourhood management and community development.

 

Neil is committed to improving the lives of citizens and communities, particularly those that are deprived and disadvantaged.  Neil has an excellent track record and reputation of engagement, partnership working, community development and supporting communities.

 

Neil also has a keen interest in health & wellbeing, fitness and sports therapy and he is a qualified fitness instructor, sport therapist and sports masseuse.

 

A strong advocate for social support and development activity, Neil decided to commit some of his time to become one of Spring’s Board of Directors because of Spring Housing Association’s ethos which is to provide high quality housing options for the most vulnerable within communities, namely those at risk of homelessness and in addition providing supportive pathways into employment, training and advice.

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Darren Binderet

Board Member

 

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 Dominic Bradley

Managing Director

Dominic had 11 happy years at Trident Housing and latterly Trident Reach where he had responsibilities for all of the Charities Care & Support and Social Enterprise activities. By the time he left Reach it had a turnover of 15 million, over 740 employees and over 40 contracts in 9 different local authorities.

 

Dominic also led on development for the Trident Group as part of the Matrix partnership including major construction and delivery projects – standout ones include Oakland Village a 22 million pound extra care scheme in Swadlincote in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire’s District Council. As well as a Youth Offending New Build project in Birmingham and a number of Care & Support Housing Projects. After leaving Reach he had short stints at Horizons Supported Housing Ltd and Next Step Housing before co-founding Spring to create a longstanding ambition to have a company that goes back to the original ethos of the housing movement and housing those in most need.

 

Dominic is also a founding board member of another charity reconnected which connects homeless people with private sector skills in employment, training and housing. He has also been recently appointed to sit on Birmingham Rathbone’s board which works with people with a learning disability through support, training and employment.

 

 

 
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Raj Shergill

Director of Housing & Corporate Services

 

With 12 years experience in the Housing Sector offering expertise in an array of fields.

 

Raj is a dynamic and passionate professional with experience of managing diverse housing options both within the general needs and care and support sector and overseeing a large portfolio of properties of 3000 plus units across the West Midlands.

 

A well respected specialist with a strong knowledge base in Housing Management Services in particular Customer Satisfaction, Tenancy Agreements, Repairs and Maintenance, Voids and Lettings, Support and Assessment, Leasehold and Private Rented Sector Service Management. Supported Housing accommodation projects (Homelessness and Mental Ill Health), Older People, Call Centre Management. Lead Officer on Welfare Reform and Universal Credit.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Chiu

Head of Business Development

Rachel has a track record working as a development and governance professional within the housing and not for profit sector support to not for profit organisations and social enterprises to scope and develop ideas for projects which focus on addressing inequalities and disadvantage.  With a specific focus on marginalised communities and homelessness.

She facilitates robust partnerships across the third sector to creating innovative and substantive projects that increases opportunities, experiences and learning of those delivering and benefiting from the projects. With over 20 year’s experience in the West Midlands, her areas of work include health and well-being, life skills and employability, heritage, arts and culture, community asset transfers and enhancement of statutory service provision.

Her breadth of experience both in operations and at a strategic level and her cross sector experience enables her to look at co-creating practical solutions.

 

 

 

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Andy Ballard

In House Legal & Governance Advisor 

 

Andy is an experienced and respected professional advisor to housing associations and other housing bodies. He has a long track record as a solicitor, focusing on governance, strategy, confidential investigations, employment and other sensitive areas.

Andy is currently Chair to The Community Housing Group a stock transfer organisation owning and managing 5,800 homes in Kidderminster and Stourport. He also a co-opted member of the National Housing Federation’s West Midlands committee.