Board & Committee members

The partnership between Radian and Yarlington has positioned us as the second largest housing association in the South of England, enabling us to build more new homes than ever before (10,000 estimated over the next 10 years), invest more into our communities (e.g. supporting residents into employment and career development) and attract, inspire and retain excellent colleagues.

When the partnership came into being in November 2019 Board, Committee and Executive appointments were made from both partnership organisations based on skills, experience and values-based assessments to ensure a high standard of oversight and governance of the Group’s diverse business activities and the integration process vital to the new organisation’s success.

Wayne Morris
Group Chair

An experienced housing professional, Wayne has spent nearly 25 years working at Chief Executive level within major housing associations across the South West, notably Spectrum Housing Group (2007-13) before it merged with Sovereign Housing Association in 2016. Wayne previously held the role of Vice-Chair of the Yarlington Housing Group Board and chaired the Remuneration & Nominations Committee. He is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Gary Orr
Group Chief Executive

Gary has worked in the housing industry for over 22 years. Formally CEO of the ALMO Homes in Sedgemoor, he has also held senior executive positions within regional and national housing organisations. Gary was Chief Executive of Yarlington Housing Group for seven years prior to joining Radian as Chief Executive in 2018.

Joanna Makinson
Group Vice-Chair

Joanna joined Radian Group’s Board in November 2019 and was previously Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Yarlington Housing Group.  Prior to this Joanna was Finance Director and Company Secretary at United Communities, having qualified as an accountant in Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ public-sector team in Bristol. Joanna has a first-class degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and holds the role of Chair of the Treasury Committee.

Simon Porter
Senior Independent Director

Simon is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector specialising in audit, transaction support and risk management. He currently has a small portfolio of Non-Executive roles, including University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Octavia Housing. Simon has worked with Radian since 2014 and previously chaired the Audit & Risk Committee.  Simon is Chair of Inspired to Achieve Ltd., sits on the Board of Radian Developments Ltd. as well as the Treasury and Audit & Risk Committees.

Mandy Clarke
Board Member

Mandy is a Chartered HR professional with over 25 years’ international and multi-sector experience. She has undertaken a number of senior and executive roles globally and operates a management consulting business. Mandy is a non-executive director at GreenSquare Group and at IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed). Mandy was formerly the Chair of Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Mandy, who has worked with Radian since 2013, is Chair of the People & Culture Committee and sits on the Integration & Transformation Committee.

Ashley West
Board Member

Ashley has enjoyed a successful career in banking and commerce, holding a number of roles including Finance Director at Schroders and the Continental Bank of Chicago. Over the last 15 years he has built up a portfolio of non-executive roles, including Chairman roles at MHS Homes, East Thames Group and has been a Board Member of Radian Group since 2017.  Until recently, he was Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Audit Committee of Dartford Gravesham and Swanley CCG, and is Chairman of Medway Communities Estates Limited.  Ashley chairs the Audit & Risk Committee.

Jane Alderman
Board Member

Jane is a senior leader who has successfully managed large development programmes in the affordable and market housing sectors. She has extensive professional expertise gained within the area of property development, social housing and regeneration. Jane has previously held roles with a number of social housing groups, including Curo Group. Currently, Jane is a consultant, providing a range of services to clients in the public and private sector, this includes advice on policy and governance and joint ventures. Jane is a chartered surveyor and member of the Institute of Housing. She joined Radian Group as a non-executive Board Member in February 2019 and is Chair of Yarlington Homes Ltd. and Chair of the Development & Assets Committee.

Caroline Moore
Chief Financial Officer / Deputy Chief Executive

Caroline is Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of the new organisation. Caroline joined Yarlington from PricewaterhouseCoopers where she specialised in providing consultancy and audit services to the housing sector in the South West and nationally. Caroline was appointed to the Yarlington Housing Group Board in April 2015. She is also a  Trustee of Hollis Hospital Almshouse, Sheffield.

Gemma Burton-Connolly
Company Secretary

Gemma has worked in the housing sector for seven years, having taken on roles including Head of Governance and Legal and Group Company Secretary at Yarlington Housing Group. Prior to this, Gemma worked in private practice as a Lawyer. She has broad experience of governance and regulatory requirements within private companies, registered charities, community benefit societies and public limited companies. Gemma has a keen interest in raising the profile of governance and removing the perception of bureaucracy by working with individuals, teams and organisations to embed good governance practices. Gemma is a dual qualified lawyer in the UK and USA. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Westworks Procurement. Gemma is passionate about motivating and empowering her team to achieve their full potential and provides mentorship to aspiring young leaders too.

Resident involvement

Residents are involved in the running of Radian in many ways. We have a Resident Panel to ensure that residents (our customers) are at the heart of everything we do. The Panel’s primary purpose is to help improve services for all residents, with a focus on local services, but they also provide an important voice on many other aspects of local housing and community priorities.

We also have a Scrutiny Group which consists of residents and independent members who have the responsibility of scrutinising the way Radian’s services are delivered. Looking at performance information and data, they make recommendations to improve services which Radian’s Executive team and Board then consider.

For information on selection of Board and Committee members in Radian Group, please visit our Selection and Appointment page.


Board and committee members

For a chart showing the composition and membership of all Radian’s boards and committees, download the document below.

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