Wendy Evans-Hendrick - Chief Executive Officer
Wendy Evans-Hendrick originally trained as a Town Planner but soon after training Wendy started working for Wherry Housing Association as a Development Officer.
Wendy came to Orwell Housing Association as Development Manager and was soon promoted to Director of Development and later her job role would include Property Services.
In 2018 Wendy was promoted to the role of Chief Executive at Orwell Housing Association. Wendy has also been involved with the e2 Development Consortium as well as chairing Eastern Procurement Limited.
Chris Wyer - Director of Resources and Growth
Chris joined Orwell in January 2007 as Director of Financial Services.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants having qualified in 1986 whilst working at BT plc.
Prior to joining Orwell Chris held senior positions within the construction and manufacturing sectors within the UK, Europe and America including 17 years as Finance Director of the manufacturing subsidiary of a FTSE 100 company. Since joining Orwell, Chris’s role has expanded beyond the Finance function and now also includes Development, Growth, Information Technology, Risk, Governance, Legal, Procurement and Fleet.
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.
Rowan Procter - Director of Care and Support
Rowan is an experienced senior leader, a nurse by profession, which has afforded her clinical credibility in the roles she has undertaken. She is a respected strategic leader with a reputation for pragmatic wisdom and possesses a proven track record of being able to motivate others to achieve excellence.
Rowan has a depth of experience in working across healthcare sectors and multi systems to gain engagement and agreement to ensure that improved high standards of patient care pathways are consistently delivered.
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.