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).

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.

Rachael is keen to promote innovation and the sharing of ideas in order to drive the business forward.

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.

Tim HarrisCommittee member

Tim has 46 years of experience in social housing and previously worked as Chief Executive for Berneslai Homes, Deputy Director of Housing for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Assistant Director Rents and Revenues for Barnsley MBC to name a few.

He has extensive experience in the public sector, social housing, property and housing management, audit and risk management.

Julie FillaryCommittee member

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.

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