Board membership is open to anyone interested. We advertise vacancies from time to time, so keep a look out for any opportunities here.
A board member would normally serve for 6 years and work with at least one of the committees. The committees cover the areas of Audit, Customer Insight, and Remuneration and Nominations. The posts are paid by Orwell and involve a commitment of around two days per month.
Helen Driver - Chair
Helen joined the Board of Orwell Housing Association in March 2019. Having grown up in Suffolk, Helen is proud of her involvement with Orwell and of its achievements within the community.
Helen is now Chair of the Board, Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Customer Insight Committee from mid-2022. Helen is also a member of the Support and Care Working and Tender Group and is the Money Laundering Principal for the group.
With a background in investment analysis and managing UK equity pension funds and portfolios with organisation such as, Aviva Investors and Standard Life Investments, Helen was responsible for financial communications with shareholders and the investment community.
Helen has since diversified to working in collaboration with a national financial education charity.
Dayle Bayliss - Vice Chair
Dayle joined the Board of Orwell Housing Association in 2020. Dayle has worked in construction and skills for a number of years and understands first-hand the importance of how skills for life, supporting communities and the homes we live in contribute to our wellbeing, social mobility and thriving communities. Being part of the board enables Dayle to play a part of the Orwell family and having a small part to play in the work Orwell do and the lives they impact.
Dayle is Vice-Chair of the Board, Chair of Orwell Homes Limited, a member of the Audit Committee and is the board nominee for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. She was also a member of the Governance Committee until it was closed.
With a background as a Chartered Surveyor, Dayle has already won national and local business awards, including East Anglian Daily Times Young Business Person of the Year 2012, Project ‘@ TheRec’ Winner of the 2015 East of England RICS Regeneration Award and highly commended accolades for her work.
Dayle’s desire to deliver construction services from a different perspective led her to found Dayle Bayliss Ltd, a Surveying, Design and Project Management Consultancy. This gave Dayle the freedom to exercise her collaborative approach to construction projects, as well as tackle the challenges of skills and diversity in construction.
Barbara Thorndick - Board Member
Barbara Thorndick, OBE FCIH BA (Hons)
Barbara joined the Board of Orwell Housing Association in March 2016. Whilst a student, she experienced a short period of ‘sofa surfing’ homelessness, which ignited a passion in her for the right everyone has to a safe, secure home.
Barbara has spent her career in social housing and is the former Chief Executive of West Kent Housing Association. Under her leadership the association became the first in the country to be awarded top marks by government inspectors for delivering excellent services to residents. In 2007/8 Barbara set up the PlaceShapers Group of housing associations to help represent the interests of community-based associations that further their work through locally based partnerships, and in 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to social housing. In 2011 she left West Kent and set up her own company, WKT Associates, which provided consultancy and coaching services to a wide range of people and organisations. In 2011 she created a consortium of housing associations, now a not-for-profit company called Communities that Work (CtW), dedicated to supporting unemployed residents into work. In a bid to move towards retirement in 2022 she closed her company but is still providing coaching services to a few special clients.
Barbara is the Chair of the Customer Insight Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee. She was also a member of the Governance Committee until it was closed.
Jeanette Alfano - Board Member
Jeanette Alfano, MBA BTech (Hons)
Jeanette joined the Board of Orwell Housing Association in March 2015. With a passion for the use of technology as an enabler for corporate success, Jeanette brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as a Board Member.
Jeanette was Chair of the Governance Committee until it was closed down part way through 2022. Jeanette is a member of Audit Committee and a member of the Customer Insight Committee from mid-2022.
Jeanette is now retired from her full-time role but started her career in computing in 1978 and has a background implementing technology enabled change in both the private and public sector. Her career led to work for a Housing Association where she was responsible for the integration of all the core systems and the transformation of the organisation into a Digital Enterprise.
Ian Pinches - Board Member
Ian joined the Board of Orwell Housing Association in March 2020. With a long background in senior roles within social housing, Ian is passionate about the added value that locality-based housing organisations can bring to a sector that is so often (perhaps misleadingly) defined as being dominated by large organisations operating at a national level.
Ian is new Chair of Audit Committee, a member of Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Support and Care Working and Tender Group
Ian is a qualified accountant (FCCA) with experience in both senior management and Executive Director roles within the Social Housing and Care sector. Ian also brings over a decade of Non-Executive and Committee Chair experience gained across a variety of organisations in Housing, the NHS, and the Emergency Services.
Although now semi-retired, Ian also has a background in establishing and running a multi award-winning business operating in the Hospitality sector.
Ian has been a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts for over a decade.
Brett Rennolds - Board Member
Brett joined the Board of Orwell Housing Association in 2020. Having begun his career as an outreach worker in the community Brett is clear that affordable housing is directly linked to positive life chances and is committed to equalising those opportunities for all.
Brett is Vice Chair of the Remunerations and Nominations Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Support and Care Working and Tender Group.
With a background in the voluntary and public sector Brett has a wealth of experience in Business Development, Care & Support.
As a business consultant, Brett works with organisations, groups and individuals to enable development, change and growth, enjoying the challenges associated with change management, co-production and stakeholder engagement, identifying solutions to challenges collaboratively, inclusively and transparently. Primarily it’s the ‘winning of hearts and minds’ that drives him.
Stuart Appleby - Board Member
Stuart joined the Board of Orwell Housing Association in March 2021 and is a former tenant of the Association and is now a shared owner of an Orwell property. Stuart is a passionate advocator for social housing and a firm believer in the socio-economic benefits that it provides to individuals and the wider community.
Stuart is a board member of the Orwell Homes Limited, a member of the Customer Insight Committee from mid-2022 and is a Tenant Engagement representative for Board. He was also a member of the Governance Committee until it was closed.
For the past ten years, Stuart has been involved in Orwell Housing’s Resident Steering Group, giving him a critical lens through which to view the inner workings of Orwell as it has developed and evolved.
Stuart is the Director of HE Operations within the department of University Studies at West Suffolk College and has previously held the positions of Head of Health & Human Sciences and lecturer in Humanities and Business Management.
Stephen White - Board Member
Steve spent the early part of his career working across a variety of sectors including RBS/Nat West, T Mobile and the Financial Ombudsman Service before joining Hyde, a large London/SE based provider, initially as their interim COO and shortly thereafter their CEO for a thoroughly enjoyable 4 and half years. Steve’s time at Hyde demonstrated the positive impact that housing associations can have on individuals, communities and wider society, contrasting starkly with his own experience as a child living in poor quality inner city local authority housing. Having now become an advocate of the sector, Steve has remained active in the social housing sector having previously been the Chair of Origin and now, in addition to his role at Orwell, Chair of Moat.
Steve was attracted to Orwell because of the quite brilliant work the organisation does across the community, which is now Steve’s home.
Steve is also an above-knee amputee having injured his leg during military service, and besides his sector roles, Steve is also the Vice Chair of the military charity BLESMA, which focuses on supporting individuals who have lost limb(s) through military service.
Tom Brown - Board Member
Tom became Chief Executive Officer of The Green Light Trust in 2018, having joined the charity in 2013. At GLT Tom has united his passions for the environment, social equity and education overseeing the development of the charity to one on the cutting edge of nature-based interventions.
During his tenure as CEO at GLT Tom has enabled the charity to demonstrate its impact through novel academic research.
With a broad range of experience and academic qualifications Tom has grown the charity and sits on various regional and national panels contributing to the health and education agenda.
Having grown up on the Suffolk Coast he is passionate that access to high-quality natural habitats is a basic human right regardless of a person’s background or socio-economic standing.
Pamhi Mulambo - Board Member
Pamhi strongly believes that everyone should have a safe, secure place to call their own and is passionate about supporting the social housing sector to achieve this.
Pamhi is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor with a background in auditing and accounting. She started her career with Deloitte in external audit covering entities in the banking, financial services and manufacturing sectors before moving into internal audit covering payments operations at a major bank.
Pamhi is currently a Director in Internal Audit covering Technology at a major bank.
Amy Dalton-Leader - Independent Board Member - Orwell Homes
Independent Board Member - Orwell Homes
Amy Dalton-Leader is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Project Manager. Amy is the founder and director of Iceni Consultants Limited which is based in Bury St Edmunds. Amy is also a trustee for Lionheart, the Benevolent fund for the RICS. Amy believes that the built environment plays a big part in the well being of its occupants and is passionate about delivering high quality buildings that allow their occupants to thrive. Amy is a believer in paying it forward and supports a number of training surveyors in their career journey to becoming chartered.