Board Members 

Stephen Cook - Chair

Is the proprietor of Stephen Cook...

Is the proprietor of Stephen Cook Consulting, which he set up after stepping down as Chief Executive of The Havebury Housing Partnership in 2010. He has 50 years experience in the management and development of affordable housing together with homelessness services and until recently was Chair of Emmaus Cambridge where he continues to serve on the board of trustees He is now also a member of the board of Emmaus Suffolk whilst also Chairing the Audit Risk & Governance Committee and the Financial Resilience Task Group for Emmaus UK. He also holds a non-executive directorship at Foundation East in addition to Suffolk Housing Society and undertakes work for the Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Service. Prior to his role at Havebury he held a number of senior posts in Local Government and served as a Principle Policy Advisor to the Local Government Association and as a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s National Council. He was also a Governor at West Suffolk College, an External Examiner at Anglia Ruskin University and a trustee of Workwise a mental health charity.
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Marie-Claire Delbrouque - Managing Director

Suffolk Housing’s newly appointed...

Suffolk Housing’s newly appointed Managing Director has taken up this role with an extensive background in housing management, a breadth of strategic experience and a passion for delivering outstanding customer service. Marie Claire also forms part of the senior leadership team for Flagship Group.
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Peter Baynham

Peter joined the Suffolk Board in...

Peter joined the Suffolk Board in February 2020. He was appointed as Flagship Non-Executive Director in January 2019 and is a retired consultant specialising in mergers and acquisitions for the UK and Middle East. He has held Board positions in asset management and investment banking and has more than 30 years’ business experience. He is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer and is a graduate of Newcastle Upon Tyne University with an honours degree in Economics & Politics. Peter also has a number of other Non-Executive Directorships in not-for-profit and commercial organisations.
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Martin Royal

Martin Royal joined the board in 2017...

Martin Royal joined the board in 2017 after spending a career spanning 18 years in the Army and 22 years in the NHS with a back ground in managing Mental Health services, latterly specialising in property management, having been the Regional Director of NHS Property Services for the Midlands & East area. He is currently working as a contractor on a range of projects throughout the East of England.
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John Archibald

John Archibald joined the Suffolk...

John Archibald joined the Suffolk Housing Board in February 2020. He joined Flagship Group in January 2019 following the negotiated partnership with Victory Housing Trust where he was CEO for 13 years.

As well as serving as one of four Flagship Group Executive Directors, his functional responsibilities include new development, asset management, strategic partnerships and health and safety.

Having started a career in corporate finance with the HSBC bank, John joined the not for profit sector in 1992. He has been involved in delivering three successful mergers and is Chairman of the charity Voluntary Norfolk.
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Neville Hounsome

Prior to his portfolio career Neville...

Prior to his portfolio career Neville was a Human Resources Director with a variety of private and public employers. His final HRD role was with Hyde Housing a large London housing association. All of these organisations were sector leaders and award winners. Neville has full Chartered Director status (CDir) having passed a series of examinations with the Institute of Directors. His professional qualifications led to him becoming both a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and he is an accredited executive coach.

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Glen Adams

Glen is a fellow of the Intitute of...

Glen is a fellow of the Intitute of Chartered Accountants, having qualified with auditors, accountants and business consultants PriceWaterhouse where he audited and advised clients in a number of sectors such as Barclays, Mirror Goup (post Maxwell), Fosters/Courage, Agip, Pitney Bowes, Louis Dreyfusand Duchy of Cornwall. Glen then worked at media and manufacturing/service groups Carlton Communications and ITV, both FTSE 100 groups, advising on mergers and acquisitions and tax. Currently , Glen works at Swan Housing where he has undertaken company secretarial, governance and compliance roles and continues to be responsible for tax matters and other financial matters. Glen also is a governor at an academy school.
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Rachael Orr

Rachael is the Director of...

Rachael is the Director of PlaceShapers, the network for 120 community-based housing associations. She leads the strategy and direction for the organisation, delivering member services, policy and campaigns with members. Previously, Rachael was Head of Oxfam's UK programme, leading Oxfam's advocacy, campaigning and programme work on UK poverty. She led a team delivering programmes supporting women to move into work and challenging poverty and inequality. Rachael joined Oxfam from Shelter, where she held various senior policy and campaigning roles. She ran regional and national campaigns on housing, welfare reform and wider UK poverty issues. Before Shelter, Rachael worked as a support worker and in hostels for homeless people. Rachael served for seven years as chair of Angel Shed Theatre Company, an inclusive theatre charity in Islington. She has also volunteered with Help Refugees and is involved in local campaigns in her community.
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