The Birmingham-based housing association The Pioneer Group has appointed four new board members.
Rose Klemperer, Andrew Olawale, Latisha Clark-Dhir and Ian Campbell will lend their expertise to the 2,500-home landlord, which primarily provides homes in Castle Vale.
The housing association is based on the Castle Vale estate, which was regenerated through a government-sponsored housing action trust from 1993 to 2004.
The four new group board members form part of The Pioneer Group’s longer-term succession strategy as it launches its 2020-25 Corporate Plan. Through the plan the landlord intends to build 250 new homes, increase resident satisfaction and improve the environmental performance of its homes.
Carole Wildman, chair of The Pioneer Group, said: “One of the strengths of the regeneration of Castle Vale was succession planning.
“Our four new members mean the board will have a much greater diversity of thought, background and experience and keep our governance effective for years to come. We are delighted to welcome them to The Pioneer Group.”
Klemperer is a senior associate solicitor at Penningtons Manchs Cooper LLP, specialising in social housing and community-led housing. She is co-chair of Women in Social Housing (WISH) Midlands.
Dr Olawale is a chartered accountant and surveyor experienced in infrastructure and commercial finance. He is currently associate director at KPMG and has held senior positions at FTSE 100 and 250 companies.
Clark-Dhir is a chartered town planner and an assocate within Avison Young’s real estate finance team, with experience in both the private and public sectors. She previously worked for Walsall Housing Group (whg).
Campbell is a risk and controls lead at the Royal Bank of Scotland. His work has recently focused on maintaining strong risk profiles, balancing costs with risk appetite and supporting climate change preparedness for retail mortgages.
Simon Wilson, chief executive of The Pioneer Group, added: “The four new group board members embody the spirit of community and bring a clear energy to the table. We had a large number of superb applicants for these voluntary roles showing that social housing is still held in high regard.”
The landlord has also appointed Phil Done, Dan Wakely, Cliff Horrocks, Kate Algate and Nicolette Brown to roles in its wider governance structure.
Image: The Pioneer Group’s office in Castle Vale, Birmingham. Credit: The Pioneer Group.