Ultimate responsibility for WFHA lies with the Board. We have three sub-committees: the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; the Human Resources, Remuneration & Governance Committee and the Asset Management and Development Committee.

The Board consists of a group of people with a wide range of skills, who all have an interest in social housing.

Board members

Dale Walker


Dale is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in property development, regeneration and asset management.  He has lived and worked in east London for many years and has a special connection with Waltham Forest having been involved in major regeneration projects across the borough.

Marina Robertson

Vice Chair and Chair of Human Resources, Remuneration and Governance Committee (HRRGC)

Marina is the Group Managing Director for Public Sector owned built environment consultancy, Acivico Group.

Marina’s skills rely on the built environment such as decarbonisation as well as corporate governance and leadership. She is a passionate advocate for women in construction and recently completed research on skills board members for smaller housing association need to make decarbonisation investment decisions.

Ben Hutton

Treasurer and Chair of Finance Audit and Risk Committee (FARC)

Ben is currently a Finance Manager for Flagship Housing Group.
Ben’s financial experience is centred around the property consultancy and social housing sectors.

Maggie McCann

Chair of Asset Management and Development Committee (AMDC)

Maggie is currently Regeneration and Partnership Director at Orbit Group.
Maggie has extensive experience of:

  • Residential development and property investment across range of tenures, from land acquisition and planning through to sales and lettings
  • Successful estate regeneration through joint ventures
  • Working collaboratively to develop strategic partnerships and stakeholder influencing
  • Defining business strategy and delivering substantial growth

Josie Parsons

Board Member

Josie is a skilled and experienced finance professional who is currently Chief Executive at Local Space. In addition to finance skills, Josie brings expertise in a range of areas including:

  • HR
  • Finance
  • ICT & Communications
  • Governance
  • Customer services
  • Compliance with regulations, covenants and law

Gareth Jones

Board Member

Gareth is currently Director of Development and Assets for Origin Housing.
Gareth brings expertise in a range of areas concerning property development and management. He is a qualified Building Surveyor with more than 30 years’ experience in residential development for Housing Associations.

Ayo Akinwale

Board Member

Ayo is currently Estate Services Contract Manager for Hyde Housing.
Ayo has extensive experience of customer service & engagement, procurement and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Chanelle Rowe

Board Member

Chanelle is currently Housing Operations Manager for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing.
Chanelle brings expertise in a range of areas including customer service, engagement and safeguarding.

Tyron Julien

Board Member

Tyron is currently Assistant Director of Services for the Single Homeless Project.
Tyron brings expertise in a range of areas, including services for vulnerable people, tenancy sustainment and leading on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Board Member Recruitment

If you are interested in joining the Board, contact our Head of Governance, Linda Wright at