Board Member Biographies

For information about our Board of Management, please see How We Are Run

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Stephen Barklem (Chair)

Stephen was co-opted to the Board in January 2012 and became a full Board Member and Chair in September 2014. He has over 30 years’ experience in working as a lawyer in industry, and was Head of Legal Services for Alfred McAlpine Plc until 2008.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams (Vice Chair)

Paul was elected as an independent Board member in 2010, and became a Vice Chair in May 2014. He also chairs the Association's Audit and Risk Committee. An accountant by profession, Paul has recently retired as Director of Resources at B3Living. He has almost 35 years' experience of the social housing sector, having held senior roles at the English Churches Housing Group, the Downland Housing Group (now Affinity Sutton) and the Housing Corporation. Paul has also served as a management consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Jamaican offices. Paul brings to Rosebery extensive financial, audit, treasury, investment and governance experience.

Mak Akinyemi

Mak Akinyemi

Mak joined the Board in September 2014 and comes with 23 years’ experience in property services and asset management. Mak started his career in private practice with a Chartered Building Surveying firm in 1994 before working in Registered Social Landlord and Charity sectors. Mak is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Building. Mak is currently the Director of Property Services at Gateway Housing Association.

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Florence Barras

Florence joined the Board in February 2012 and chairs the Association's Remuneration Committee. She has over 25 years of succesfully developing Public  Private Partnerships on behalf of the private sector and local authorities in health and social care, education and regeneration, including housing, for the benefit of local communities. She is a partner of Anagennao Investments, an investment company specialising in social infrastructure. Florence is also a founding Director of Flex Management Consulting, a business consultancy company with private and public sector clients.

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Mark McJennett

Mark joined the Board in September 2014 and chairs the Association’s Investment Committee. He has over 35 years of experience of sales, marketing, property and asset management at senior management and board level within the leisure industry. He worked for Bass Plc throughout the UK in various senior roles managing brands and sales. While at Bass Plc he managed and developed large estates of public houses at regional board level. Further he spent almost 15 years as Sales and Marketing Director at Shepherd Neame Limited where he was responsible for the development of all sales, brand development and marketing in the UK and international markets. He has in the past been a non-executive director of the NHS, the Probationary Service and is currently a non-executive director of Worthing Homes, Chichester Greyfriars Housing Association and the Royal Navy Sports charity.


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Sukhraj Dhadwar

Sukhraj was elected as a Board member in September 2014. He has been active in the housing and not-for-profit sectors for more than five years and previously sat on the Radian Group Audit Committee and Finance Committee and served as non-executive Vice Chair on the board of Radian Support Limited. Sukhraj is an accountant by profession and has over 20 years’ financial management experience in plc and high growth SMEs in the commercial sector including care homes, healthcare, retail, leisure and media. He is currently Director of Finance and Resources at SeeAbility.


Deborah Pike

Deborah Pike (Executive Board Member)

Deborah joined Rosebery as Chief Executive in December 2009 from Testway Housing Ltd, where she was Operations Director and Deputy MD. Deborah became an Executive Board Member of Rosebery in September 2014. She is MSc qualified in Business Administration and has a breadth of experience in the sector, gathered over 25 years with small, medium and large group organisations. Deborah is also Co-Chair of the National Housing Federation’s London and South East Housing Management Forum.