Alan has over 27 years of experience in the affordable housing sector, working with both public and private companies and running his own consultancy firm. Alan became chief executive in September 2018, having previously been Group Development Director for three years. Prior to joining the Group, Alan worked at Wandle Housing, initially joining as its Asset Investment Director before being appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer and overseeing the operational and strategic side of the business. His other roles include seven years at Circle Group as Group Regional Operations Director.
Alan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Oliver Boundy: Executive Director Development & Growth
Oliver Boundy has worked in the housing sector for over 15 years. After joining the Group as New Business Director in 2016, Oliver established and led a highly successful New Business Team and was instrumental in increasing delivery of new homes through site acquisition, partnership working and a strong new business pipeline. Oliver took over as Executive Director Development & Growth in September 2018.
Chris Harris: Executive Director Customer Services
Chris started his career in the voluntary and local authority sectors, before moving to work for a number of g15 associations, where he became a specialist in customer experience and service transformation.
Chris joined Southern Housing Group in 2015. As a member of the Group’s Executive Management Team, Chris is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Customer Services. He leads a team that provides customer, property, and residential services, along with community, financial and employment and training support to a huge wide range of people. With a strong focus on delivering excellent customer service, he also ensures that the Group meets the digital needs of our customers.
James Francis: Executive Director Resources
James has executive responsibility for Finance, IT, Human Resources and pensions and is a Group Board Member. Having led the Board to define its post-EU referendum risk appetite and investment aspiration, James is modernising the Group’s funding structure and leading the Group’s data and digital transformation to increase scalability and resilience.
Prior to working in the housing sector, James gained 8 years of experience in accountancy and corporate finance practice, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Senior Leadership Team
Jane Cozens: Head of Communications
Jane is a communications expert and digital strategist with over 25 years' experience.She joined in 2014 and leads on the Group’s communications including brand and reputation management and external affairs. Jane provides expert strategic advice on the development of the Group’s corporate, marketing, growth and communications strategies and deployment of communications across traditional, digital and social channels. Prior to the housing sector, Jane advised global legal professional services firms.
Jane is a solicitor (non-practicing) and associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketers.
Jenny Poore: HR Director
Jenny is responsible for the strategy and delivery of all things people related for the Group. This includes providing expert advice and guidance via the HR Business Partner team; leading on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion; design and roll out of learning and development interventions; and delivery of a range of HR Services across the Group including payroll and benefits. Prior to joining the Group in 2015, Jenny was HR Director in several different Further Education Colleges and at Sussex Police as well as an extensive career in national and regional roles for Royal Mail within Human Resources and communications. Jenny is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Jason Wickens: IT Director
Jason is responsible for all aspects of IT across the Group including supplier management and technical delivery. He is leading the Groups digital strategy which will make it easier for our customers to interact with us and enable our colleagues to provide enhanced service through a variety of channels. Jason has worked across various industries mostly within the Private sector, and has held senior IT and Operational leadership roles across several international markets.