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, 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, 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 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.
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, 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, 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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.