New members of the Bromford team
We’re delighted to announce a number of recent appointments made to our Board, Treasury committee and Customer and Communities Network.
Sally Higham and Balvinder Heran have recently joined the Board of Bromford as non-executive directors (NEDs). The two positions became available after our former NED’s John Barker and Fiona Underwood, stepped down after completing over 12 years’ service between them.
Sally is a high energy social entrepreneur and founder/CEO of award-winning ‘Run-a-Club’, a digital platform for local clubs and community groups. Last month Sally won the Innovation award at the Bath and Bristol Women in Business Awards. Sally is committed to supporting communities, education, youth services, charities, social enterprises and social housing and has experience in the HA sector as she is already a NED for Aster Group where she chairs the Risk Committee.
Balvinder Heran has recently become Director of ICT for Hounslow Council, having previously worked at Stratford District Council where she successfully negotiated and implemented shared IT services across Stratford, South Northants, Cherwell and South Staffs councils. Balvinder has a real passion for developing customer focused ICT and online services shaped around the needs of the user. She lives in Leamington and is very involved in local community activities there.
Chief executive Philippa Jones said: “We had a brilliant response to our advert for two new NEDs and I’m really excited to welcome these fantastic women to join our Board. I’m sure they will both make a great contribution and help us keep driving Bromford forward.
“It is of course sad to say farewell to John Barker and Fiona Underwood who are leaving the board after giving us tremendous service over many years. We wish them both well for the future.”
Tariq Kazi, is also joining the Bromford team as an advisor to our Treasury Committee. Tariq had a successful 20-year career in commercial banking before taking up a Government role with the Department for Communities and Local Government, advising them on the funding for affordable housing. He was the key advisor on the Affordable Housing Guarantee fund under which we recently borrowed £70m. He is now leaving DCLG and will be taking up a new role.
We would also like to offer a warm welcome to Denise Cunningham who has been successfully recruited onto our Customer and Communities Network (CCN). Denise initially received support from Bromford back in 2014, after experiencing a number of challenges in her personal life and then later moved into one of our homes. Denise feels passionately about having the opportunity to contribute to the work that CCN do on behalf of our customers, she explained: “I feel as though my recent personal experiences have helped me to gain a balanced perspective on how life can throw us challenges that we cannot plan for and now I want to help others when they too are facing difficult times in their lives.”