The whg Board comprises:
Mike Hew (Interim Chair)
Mike Hew joined the Board in September 2014, having retired as the Chief Executive of a registered provider based in the West Midlands. He has many years of housing experience at a senior level in both housing associations and local authorities in the region and brings expertise in strategic and asset management, change management and organisational development, social housing policy and governance. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a trustee of a local charity providing support services for families. Mike was appointed Deputy Chair in 2017 and before taking on the role of Chair on an interim basis earlier this year, he was a member of whg’s Audit and Assurance Committee. Alongside his position as Interim Chair, Mike continues to be a member of whg's Governance and Remuneration Committee.
Dr Amanze Ejiogu
Amanze Ejiogu was appointed to the Board in March 2016. He is a qualified accountant and is currently an Associate Professor of Accounting at Leicester University. His skills include finance and audit, treasury management, strategic management and business planning. He has previously worked as head of finance for a charity as well as doing consultancy work with Deloitte and KPMG. Amanze previously lived in Scotland where he was a Board Member of Grampian Housing. Amanze is a member of whg’s Audit and Assurance Committee.
Greg was appointed to the Board in 2017. He has worked in the home ownership sector since 1997 and is currently the Senior Partner for a consultancy that he created in January 2016 to provide home ownership sales and marketing expertise to small and new developers. Before creating the consultancy, he was the Sales and Marketing Director for a major developing housing association delivering Shared Ownership homes and also its commercial subsidiary which sold homes on the open market to cross subsidise social housing. Greg is also the Chair of our commercial companies; whg Trading Company Limited, Anthem Homes Limited and Buy for Good CIC.
Lee Glover was appointed to the Board in September 2015. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 15 years' internal audit experience and 13 years' experience of working with registered providers; he is currently Director of Internal Audit at a national accountancy firm. He has extensive experience of working with many organisations across the public, private and third sectors with particular expertise in internal audit, risk management, governance, finance and treasury management, strategic and commercial management, business expansion and information management/data protection. Lee is also the Chair of whg’s Audit and Assurance Committee.
Linda Cole was appointed to the Board in 2014. She has worked in a number of roles including classroom assistant, hospital visitor and tutoring adults. She brings a wealth of experience of the needs of local customers and communities as well as a sound understanding of equality and diversity, social housing, welfare reform and customer involvement and scrutiny. Linda is a whg customer and is involved in several local voluntary groups including a patient participation group. Linda chairs whg’s Customer Services Committee and is a member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee and the VIEW Board.
Ian Gardner was appointed to the Board in February 2016. He has been employed within the housing sector for over 18 years and has progressed via technical engineering positions and senior management posts to become a strategic leader in social housing. He brings expertise in strategic management and asset management. A chartered member of the CIOB and CIH, Ian is currently the Head of Housing Maintenance at Dudley Council. He is also a member of whg’s Audit and Assurance Committee.
Jatinder Sharma OBE
Jatinder Sharma was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is the Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College. He is a qualified accountant with both private and public sector experience. He has a wide range of skills and experience including financial and treasury management, strategic and risk management, business expansion and change management. Jatinder has excellent knowledge of the local area and our local communities. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to Further Education. Jatinder is also the Chair of whg’s Governance and Remuneration Committee.
Noel Maxwell has been a Board Member since 2014. Now retired, he previously spent 10 years working as a miner in the Cannock area before moving to work for a Cannock firm which supplied machinery to the construction and quarrying industries. He is a member of the management committee of a local sporting organisation and brings experience of the needs of local communities, performance management, service user involvement and customer services. Noel is a whg customer and brings a clear focus on customer service and experience. He is also a member of whg’s Customer Services Committee.
Gary Fulford (Group Chief Executive)
Gary Fulford was appointed to the Board in August 2016 and has been the Group Chief Executive of the whg group of companies since November 2009. Gary has over 30 years of housing experience and has held Director positions for 20 years. He is a member of Walsall Council's Borough Management Team (the Walsall Proud Partnership) and is also the Vice Chair of the Regional Committee of the National Housing Federation. His skills include housing management, asset management, development and finance. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, by examination. Gary is Chair of whg Developments Limited and whg Treasury PLC Boards and is also a member of VIEW, whg Trading Company Limited, Anthem Homes Limited and Buy For Good CIC Boards.