Meet our board

The Silva board &
executive board

Meet the decision-makers
who run our business.

The Silva board has overall responsibility for determining our vision and strategy.

Its members are the experts who direct, control and scrutinise the affairs of our business. The standing committees and the executive board support the Silva board in these responsibilities, focusing on the delivery of our vision and strategic objectives and ensuring that all our resources are managed effectively, our assets are protected, and the needs of our customers are met.

Read our board terms of reference [pdf] 131KB

Graeme Stanley

Graeme Stanley

Graeme Stanley, chair of board

Graeme is a former housing association Chief Executive, currently working in consultancy. He has acted in a number of non-executive director roles and is currently a board member of a farming business MB Crocker Ltd. Graeme holds an MSc in Strategic Management and Housing and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Iain Bacon

Iain Bacon

Iain Bacon, chair of the audit committee

Iain is a chartered accountant with senior finance experience in a number of sectors and is currently working as an Interim Finance Director. Previously he held senior management roles at GreenSquare, One Housing, Viridian, The Guinness Partnership, Centrex and Capita Group. Iain brings excellent insight into strategic issues for the social housing sector and risk management expertise.

Karen Morris-Lanz

Karen Morris-Lanz

Karen Morris-Lanz, board member

Karen is founder of Waponi HR a global consultancy partner who deliver skills, people and technology change to align business, people and digital strategies. She has led HR, IT and L&D teams delivering substantial change across a number of high profile organisations across a diverse range of business sectors. She brings experience of introducing a number of digital initiatives to increase efficiency.

Maggie Porteous

Maggie Porteous

Maggie Porteous, board member

Maggie has worked her entire career with John Lewis Partnership. She recently retired after 31 years with the company. Her entire career has been focused on customer service and delivery. She also has had exposure to strategic asset and property management throughout her career. Maggie is currently the chair of the John Lewis Foundation and is a trustee of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Steve Skuse

Steve Skuse

Steve Skuse, board member

The majority of Steve’s career to date has been spent with Wilmott Dixon and Bovis Homes, in commercial residential development. This involved significant work with housing associations. In 2017, Steve joined Catalyst Housing as director of development delivery, and he was their director of land and partnerships for London. He resigned from this position in June 2021.

Candace Valiunas

Candace Valiunas

Candace Valiunas, board member

Candace has had a successful and broad-based career in private equity real estate transactions and asset management. Most recently, she was the Head of European Real Estate for fund manager Cambridge Place Investment Management. She is an experienced Director and advisor to boards in the UK and continental Europe. Candace is a member of eight investor advisory boards of funds sponsored by M7 Real Estate.

Remon Fahim

Remon Fahim

Remon Fahim, board member

Remon is a business accountant with 20 years of experience in the technology, media and telecom sector as well as the professional services sector. Remon has held finance leadership positions in multinationals as well as SMEs, including, Telefonica, Serco Group, and during his early career, trained at Accenture. Remon has several years’ experience delivering public sector services with local and central government, as well as previously holding the position of non-executive director at CityWest Homes. Remon has an MBA from Warwick Business School and is also a chartered management accountant.

David Mody

David Mody

David Mody, board member

David has spent his career in risk and project management. David set up his own company in 2020 to provide consultancy support for organisations looking to improve their risk management capabilities. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the telecoms sector working for companies such as Vodafone and BT including head of risk for BT. David has an MBA from Henley Management College and over 15 years of housing sector experience having sat as a non-executive director on two other boards.

Alan Ward

Alan Ward

Alan Ward, Chief Executive

Alan was appointed as Silva's chief executive in April 2018. He set up his own successful consultancy business in 2007, working for over a decade mostly with housing sector clients but also some in the education and health sectors. Prior to that, he was group chief executive of Curo Group in Bath for 10 years. He worked closely with the association on a number of consultancy assignments from 2016 to 2018 including the development of its growth strategy and new strategic plan.

John Andrew

John Andrew

John Andrew, Executive Director (Finance and Procurement)

John has recently worked at Tai Tarian, a stock transfer housing association in South Wales. Prior to that John held a number of senior roles for commercial companies including Walter Energy Inc, Reliance Security Group, BAE Systems, Anglian Water, and KPMG.

Dasos Christou

Dasos Christou

Dasos Christou, Executive Director (Customer Relations)

Before joining Silva, Dasos worked as the Head of Customer Service at Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) for just under seven years. Prior to that, he spent 11 years employed by John Lewis and Partners, working in a variety of different managing roles including branch management, Head Office and part of the leadership team successfully launching John Lewis Financial Services.

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson, Executive Director (Assets and Growth)

Laura has worked in Housing for over 20 years at a number of organisations. She has been the Director of Housing at two London boroughs. Most recently she has been working as a consultant with Peabody housing association on development and change following their recent merger.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth, Executive Director (People, Digital and Change)

Rob most recently worked for Dacorum Council as Assistant Director leading the organisation on transformation, digital innovation and business intelligence, as well as overseeing performance and project management, ICT, HR and OD, communications and marketing, and customer services. Prior to that, Rob also worked at Stonewater Housing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Transport for London and Milton Keynes Council.

Committee membership

People committee

The people committee’s core purpose is to support the board by acting as the group people committee for all legal entities within the group, overseeing board member financial and performance matters and all Silva colleague pay, benefits and pensions.

The following board members make up the people committee:

  • Candace Valunias (committee chair)
  • Maggie Porteous
  • Karen Morris Lanz

Read the people committee terms of reference [pdf] 115KB

Audit committee

The audit committee’s core purpose is to support the board by overseeing all matters relating to external and internal audits, fraud prevention, value for money and internal controls.

The following board members make up the audit committee:

  • Iain Bacon (committee chair)
  • Amanda Williams
  • Remon Fahim

Read the audit committee terms of reference [pdf] 95KB

Risk and compliance committee

The risk and compliance committee’s core purpose is to support the board by overseeing matters relating to risk identification, management, mitigation and assurance and legal and regulatory compliance.

The following board members make up the audit committee:

  • David Mody (committee chair)
  • Steve Skuse
  • Graeme Stanley

Read the risk and compliance committee terms of reference [pdf] 105KB

Forest Future Homes board membership

The Forest Future Homes board is made up of the following board members:

  • Amanda Williams (chair)
  • Remon Fahim
  • John Andrew
  • Laura Johnson

Declaration of interest forms

The declaration of interest form is designed to identify potential conflicts of interest, where an individual's personal interests could compromise their judgment, decisions, or actions.

Each member of our board has signed a declaration of interest form, which you can read below.

Graeme Stanley

Read Graeme Stanley's declaration of interest form [pdf] 133KB  

Iain Bacon

Read Iain Bacon's declaration of interest form [pdf] 130KB

Karen Morris-Lanz

Read Karen Morris-Lanz's declaration of interest form [pdf] 128KB

Maggie Porteous

Read Maggie Porteous' declaration of interest form [pdf] 176KB

Steve Skuse

Read Steve Skuse's declaration of interest form [pdf] 311KB

Candace Valiunas

Read Candace Valiunas' declaration of interest form [pdf] 285KB

Amanda Williams

Read Amanda Williams' declaration of interest form [pdf] 202KB

Remon Fahim

Read Remon Fahim's declaration of interest form [pdf] 229KB

David Mody

Read David Mody's declaration of interest form [pdf] 944KB