Audit and risk committee

The responsibilities of the audit and risk committee are:

  • Overseeing the internal audit programme
  • Identifying and managing risks to the business on behalf of the Group board

The audit and risk committee report directly to the Housing Plus Group board and their main regulator is the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Julie Smith

Julie began her career as a nurse and spent 40 years working within healthcare. During the last 25 years of her career she held senior executive management posts spanning the NHS, private healthcare and the charitable sectors. Her key responsibilities as a director of nursing included the management and leadership of 6000 multi-professional staff, governance, risk management, quality of service, regulatory compliance and budget management. Prior to retiring in 2013 Julie ran her own business and was an independent consultant to the Department of Health with responsibility for policy development, policy implementation and assurance of health services across the country. 

Julie has also carried out voluntary work abroad as a health advisor to the governments of Swaziland and Grand Cayman.

Lionel Haynes

A qualified chartered accountant, Lionel has over 40 years’ experience in commerce, consultancy and housing.

He has a wealth of housing sector knowledge as a current board member at Loddon Housing Association and having previously worked as finance director at Sentinel Housing and two other housing associations.

Lionel believes “Good quality social housing, in safe communities is one of the cornerstones of a strong economy and the social and educational fabric of the country.”

Peter Price

A qualified chartered accountant, Peter has spent the major part of his career in the health service, as a Director of Finance with NHS Telford and Wrekin for over 10 years.   Prior to this, he was Finance Director at the Shropshire Community and Mental Health NHS Trust and Princess Royal Hospital.

He joined the Severnside Board in 2013.

“I'm really excited to be working with a dedicated team on a specific and important aspect of the business, namely asset maintenance and enhancement. I anticipate we will deliver what our customers want in an efficient and effective manner.”

Rachel BowdenChair

Rachel is a self-employed consultant specialising in internal audit and risk management.

With a career in risk and audit spanning over 20 years, Rachel has experience of working for not-for-profit, corporate and public sector organisations.  Rachel is also a trustee at a local care charity as she believes that everyone in our community should be safe, secure and looked after.

“I am joining Housing Plus Group at a really exciting time.  Two great organisations have come together as one, so for me I am really looking forward to seeing the combined impact of the two.  I expect to see innovation and the sharing of ideas driving the organisation forward.”

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