Board & Committee members

The partnership between Radian and Yarlington positions us as the second largest housing association in the South of England, enabling us to build more than ever before, with 10,000 new homes estimated over the next 10 years, invest more into our communities by supporting residents into employment and better jobs, and importantly, we are able to inspire, attract and retain excellent colleagues.

Our partnership will bring many opportunities, but it also creates a significant organisation of scale and complexity. New Board and Executive appointments have been made based on skills, experience and values-based assessments. We are delighted to introduce the Board and Executive team of the new organisation below.

Lindy Morgan
Interim Chair

Lindy has extensive knowledge of regional and national housing issues, including tenant and community involvement, local authority strategy and housing association development. She was previously Director of the Sovereign Development Consortium and was appointed to the Yarlington Board in 2009, before being appointed as Chair in 2017. Lindy is also Chair of Westworks Procurement Ltd.

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.

Wayne Morris
Board member

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 holds several non-executive directorships in the housing sector including PA Housing Group, where he is a member of the Customer Services Committee and the Development and Assets Committee. Wayne joins the new Board having previously held the role of Vice-Chair of the Yarlington Board, Chair of the Yarlington Homes Board and Remuneration Committee and Senior Independent Director. He is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Simon Porter
Board member

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 Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Octavia Housing. Prior to the new organisation, Simon was a Radian Group Board Member.

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 former Radian Group Board Member, and 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.

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 Board Member of Radian Group. He is currently Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Audit Committee of Dartford Gravesham and Swanley CCG, as well as Chairman of Medway Communities Estates Limited.

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.

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 Board as a Board Member in April 2015. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Yeovil District Hospital, and Chair of their Audit Committee.

Joanna Makinson
Board member

Joanna is currently Deputy Chief Executive at Bristol Community Health CIC, a not-for-profit social enterprise delivering NHS community healthcare services. Prior to her current role, Joanna was Finance Director and Company Secretary at United Communities, having qualified as an accountant in Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ public-sector team in Bristol. Joanna joined Yarlington Group in 2015 as a Board Member and Vice Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Joanna has a first-class degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.

Richard Nicol
Independent Member of the Audit Committee

Richard is a qualified surveyor with a wealth of housing and development experience. He’s worked in the industry for 30 years, 16 of which were spent in private development. Richard has expertise in sales, marketing, and surveying and has carried out extensive market research which has helped to steer scheme design and build. His experience and previous employment, including his appointment to the Yarlington Board in January 2018, has given him sound knowledge of the south west housing market.

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 dual qualified to practice law 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, including the remuneration of both board and independent committee members, download the document below.

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