Ability Board

The Board of Ability works with the Senior Management Team to set the strategic direction of our organisation. It is responsible for ensuring that we continue to operate as a financially viable business, providing effective and efficient services.

The Board has places for up to 12 members. We currently have 11 and two co-optees, with backgrounds in a number of relevant business areas. They give their time voluntarily.

The Board meets four times a year and holds an additional strategy day. Members also take part in three Board committees, which meet at least twice a year – the Finance, Audit & Risk, HR & Remuneration and Customer Service committees.

The current Board members are:

Sally Reay is Chair of the board and a qualified accountant with a background in corporate finance and treasury. With over 30 years’ experience in local government, commerce and housing. Appointed to the Ability Board in 2015, she is supporting the association’s role as a key specialist provider in a rapidly changing sector and is Chair of the Audit Finance & Risk Committee.
Dominic Wallace Dominic Wallace joined the board in 2018 and is also a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. He is a highly experienced risk manager, having held Chief Risk Officer and other senior roles at a number of financial sector institutions over the last 30 years. He also has expertise in finance and corporate
governance and has worked within a wide range of regulatory and supervisory frameworks.
Nicola Philps Nicola Philp joined the Board in 2015. Currently UK Head of Employment Law at ISS UK Limited, Nicola is an HR and employment law professional, with housing sector experience. Nicola previously held a non-executive role with a spinal injuries charity.
Gina Small joined Ability in 2017 and is an experienced Director in care, support and housing with an excellent understanding of independent and third sector risks and challenges. Gina has extensive knowledge of working with Learning Disability, Autism, Mental Health and Older People.
Jai Dosanjh joined Ability in 2019 and he is bringing a wealth of experience having been CEO and company secretary at Apna Ghar Housing Association. Jai has held several board member roles over the last 20 years and has extensive knowledge in Social Housing and supporting people with Learning Disabilities.
Dritan Aka Dritan Uka joined the Board of Ability in 2021. He has worked with large housing associations, local authority and in the private sector. Dritan brings extensive experience in strategic asset management, sustainability and investment planning.
Mandy Dunstan Mandy Dunstan has established twenty years’ experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams, developing performance and quality monitoring and delivering great services and has an up to date working knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the housing sector.
Mandy’s experience has given her an insight into how to lead and manage large operational contracts and complex business projects and processes across a diverse portfolio of business-critical services she is excited by opportunity and change and welcomes the continual challenges that the housing sector offers and rises to them with enthusiasm. Mandy believes that Housing providers have a crucial role to play in providing high quality housing services and in supporting developing communities. We can (and do) make a real difference to the quality of life for the people we provide services to.
Tim Jennings Tim Jennings is a qualified accountant with experience across a range of sectors, including property services and housing. Tim is currently the Executive Director of Finance for Catalyst Housing, having held the same role at Aldwyck Housing prior to their merger. Previous experience includes several Finance Director roles at large property services businesses.
Vimal Gaglani Vimal Gaglani joined the board in 2021 and is also a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Vimal is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Vimal has over 20 years’ experience in a number of finance and treasury roles including Audit and Assurance, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury Management, and Finance Director. He is currently Director of Treasury & Financial Planning at Abri, a large Housing Association based in the South of England. Vimal has key expertise in forming the risk appetite and strategic direction of organisations, and thereafter enabling the delivery of strategic objectives whilst preserving financial strength and viability.
Lynsey Bradshaw Lynsey Bradshaw joined the board in 2021 and is also a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Lynsey is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years experience in the real estate and social housing sectors, and a graduate of the Judge Business School and University of Cambridge. She is currently CFO at Octavia, having previously held roles at Peabody and Family Mosaic as a property tax and development finance expert. Lynsey is committed to tackling inequality in all its forms and seeks to address some of the injustices the social housing and social care systems are facing.

 

Co-optees

 

Neil Thorneycroft A Chartered Certified Accountant with thirty years experience of social Housing. He started out in Industry and joined his first Housing Association in 1991. Having been Finance Manager at Newydd Housing Association in South Wales for 7 years he spent 9 years as Finance Director at an LSVT in Cornwall and a smaller association in Bristol. After a year as Finance Director at Groundwork Wales Neil, formed a company and set up on his own as a freelance Finance Consultant. In the 15 years since then he has had many roles, mostly with Housing Associations and ALMO’s, with about 8 of those years spent in Interim Finance Director roles. In 1999 he achieved an MBA from the University of Wales and has served on a number of panels of the National Housing Federation over the years. Further he serves as a non-executive director at “Mind in Newport”.
Rinat Abdrasilov is a Management Consultant and Non-Executive Director with over 20 years of expertise from executive and non-executive roles in banks and companies of all sizes: from start-ups to FTSE100 companies facing millions of customers. Cambridge MBA, mentor across a range of business schools / accelerators, and independent professional non-executive board member in a number of boards – both in the developed world, and in the emerging markets. Rinat’s key consulting and board expertise is in innovation management, strategy, digital transformation, fundraising and corporate governance.