Wendy Evans-Hendrick - Chief Executive Officer
With a background as a Town Planner, Wendy joined an expanding team at Orwell Housing Association in 1994 as Development Manager. New development opportunities saw the team grow and with the inclusion of the Property Services team Wendy became Director of Development and Property Services.
In 2018 Wendy was promoted to Chief Executive and since then has steered the organisation through Covid and instigated transformation of the business which has resulted in a more forward looking, modern and agile business.
Wendy is a member of Independent East which is a consortium of five medium sized Housing Associations based in East Anglia, Chair of Eastern Procurement Limited and a board member of Active Suffolk. Wendy is also Managing Director of Orwell Homes Limited, a development subsidiary of Orwell Housing Association.
Michelle Harrison - Director of People and Culture
Michelle is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and joined Orwell following her role of Head of People Support at Essex Wildlife Trust. Within this role she oversaw HR, Volunteering, Safeguarding and Health and Safety and put in place a cultural transformation programme, moving the organisation into the Times Top 100, and gaining a commendation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for a Wellbeing programme.
Cairistine Foster-Cannan - Director of Customers & Communities
Cairistine is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and joined Orwell in January 2021 from her role as Head of Housing at East Suffolk Council.
In that role she was responsible for the leadership of both the Landlord and Strategic Housing Services across the district. With over 17 years’ local government experience, Cairistine has developed her knowledge and skills across the breadth of housing services.
Cairistine is passionate about meeting housing need and delivering excellent customer service. Her role includes property and estates services, housing management, customer services and customer engagement and her remit includes ensuring our customers and communities are empowered to influence our decision-making.
David Hall - Director of Finance
David joined Orwell in January 2024 as Director of Finance.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants having qualified in 1993 with KPMG, working with the firm in both the UK and New Zealand.
David moved into the social housing sector in 1998 and has held executive roles in a number of housing providers within the eastern region and London. David’s role at Orwell includes Finance, Development, Risk, Procurement and Fleet.