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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, the Regulator for Social Housing (RSH).

Vivien CrossCommittee member

Vivien has 25 years’ experience in the finance and housing sector having previously worked for Shipleys, BDO, and Dane Housing. She is a chartered accountant and has spent 11 years in audit roles which included managing the audits of large housing associations.

Vivien has been self-employed since 2015 working for owner-managing businesses advising on accounting and tax matters with some housing consultancy.  She brings finance, risk, governance, change/project management and development expertise to the Board.

Andrew BurnsCommittee member

Andrew is a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) with an MBA from Aston Business School.   

Until December 2018, Andrew spent 12 years as Director of Finance and Resources for Staffordshire County Council; was Treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund and a former President of the Society of County Treasurers. 

Andrew was CIPFA President in 2017/18 serving an Institute with over 14,000 members worldwide. The institute works throughout the public services, in national audit agencies and major accountancy firms, along with other public bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.  

As an Associate Director at CIPFA Andrew’s current role is to develop strong links with local and central government, building trust to improve public financial management and governance.  

He is also a trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) the leading national organisation promoting and supporting excellence in governance and scrutiny across public services. 

Andrew is passionate about improving outcomes for customers and communities and believes that good quality affordable housing and care should be accessible to all. 

Jason BurtCommittee member

A lawyer by profession, in 2016 Jason left the legal practice that he had successfully helped to build into a Chambers and Legal 500 listed firm to join Willis Towers Watson as a specialist consultant.  He is now responsible for overseeing the development of a range of regulatory and strategic risk management services for a wide range of national and international clients with specialisms in education and regulatory matters including health and safety and care standards. 

Jason is also Group Director of Health and Safety Compliance (having previously served 3 years as a non-executive Director) of Mears PLC where he is chair of the Risk Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.   

With a passion for social enterprises and values, throughout his career Jason has chosen to work with not for profit businesses or businesses that have social values at the core of their operations.  As Chair of the Property Board, Jason looks forward to using his skills and experience for the benefit of Housing Plus Group’s existing and future customers. 

Rosalind PreenBoard member

A highly experienced Board Director with a 33-year career in the NHS, most recently Deputy CEO/Director of Finance and Strategy for an NHS Community Healthcare Provide. Rosalind is a qualified accountant has had a number of NHS roles represented at Board level including Finance Director, Strategy, Performance, Contract, Estates and Digital portfolios, in addition to Deputy Chief Executive positions. Rosalind brings a wealth of experience to the Care Plus Board having worked across all sectors on Health - Community, Mental Health, Acute, Commissioner.

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