My role

Working closely with Victoria Jardine and Peter Hubbard, I advise housing associations, charities and not-for-profit businesses on all areas of corporate and governance work including governance issues, regulatory and charity law requirements. I lead on corporate restructuring, stock transfers and shared services projects as well as group structures and mergers, supporting Executive Teams and Boards on strategy and growth.

My experience

I trained as a Solicitor with Anthony Collins Solicitors, and qualified into the housing corporate services team in 2008. Since then, I have supported our clients on their strategic projects such as stock transfers and group structures, as well as their day-to-day governance and regulatory compliance, where I translate complex legal concepts into pragmatic, straightforward solutions.

My specialisms

  • Corporate governance
  • Regulation and charity law
  • Group structures and mergers
  • Stock transfers
New VFM Standard Consultation published
New VFM Standard Consultation published

A consultation on the revised VFM Standard was issued last week, which will inform revisions on the Standard, which it is proposed will come into force from April 2018.

The end of the "golden" era...
The end of the "golden" era...

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017 A number of other provisions in the Act will come into force with effect from tomorrow, including provisions relating to vesting declarations and compulsory purchase orders.

Goodbye to the golden share?

Put simply, it would empower the Secretary of State to make regulations that sweep away a transferring local authority’s so-called “golden share” in, and nomination rights to the boards of, the RP to which it transferred its housing stock.

The Housing and Planning Bill 2015 – the waiting game…

Key points to note are: Reducing regulation The Bill contains reference to reducing regulatory control over private registered providers of social housing (“HAs”) and their affairs (although it only delegates such powers to the SoS to make regulations to effect such a change in regulation).

 In-depth assessments – a safety harness or straightjacket?
In-depth assessments – a safety harness or straightjacket?

IDAs will assess an RP’s quality of governance, assessment of risk and its risk mitigation strategies. It is not yet clear whether value for money will feature as part of all IDAs (and differing approaches have been taken during the pilot programme).

Governance – mind the gap!
Governance – mind the gap!

This was reflected within the Regulator’s consultation on the Regulatory Framework last May and in particular within the proposed new Governance and Financial Viability Standard (the “Standard”).

Company Secretary Update - November 2014

This quarter the key highlights are: 1. Charity Commission announces changes to the annual return The changes will apply from the 2015 financial year end and will include three new question areas - money received from the government and grants, policies on staff pay, and the review of financial controls.

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