Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for overseeing the work of Crown Simmons Housing. Our Board members act as company directors and receive no remuneration other than expenses. They have a variety of professional backgrounds.

Crown Simmons Housing’s Rules are based on the National Housing Federation model 2011 and we follow the National Housing Federation’s Code of Governance 2015. Board membership as at September 2016 is as follows:

Al Dankis 2015 web

Alfons Dankis

BA(Hons) CPFA | Chairman

Al has nearly 35 years experience in the housing sector and acted as Group Finance & Planning Director of the Guinness Partnership for 20 years before retiring in 2010. Al is a Board Member of Wandle Housing Association and sits as a member of the Audit Committee at Sovereign Housing Association.

Stephen Cooper 2015 web

Stephen Cooper

LLB Solicitor (non-practising) MCIArb  FRSA | Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Advisor with Institute of Directors’ Advisory Service, Ombudsman and owns and runs business consultancy. Previously ran own practice as a solicitor and is a former partner at leading law firm, advising the NHS and other organisations.

Robin Fielder 2015 web

Robin Fielder

Chair of Remuneration & Governance Committee

Robin was until recently Managing Director of Wokingham Housing Ltd. Former Chief Executive of Bush Housing Association and the Dolphin Square Foundation.

Chris Clarke

B.Com (Hons) CAChris Clarke

Director of Finance for a London-based charity supporting a wide range of people across the capital. Experienced in housing regulation for the housing regulator in Scotland and has worked in a number of Registered Social Landlords.


Helen Edwards 2015 webHelen Edwards


Housing professional with over 10 years experience in supported housing management, operational management, service design and project consultancy. Recently shaped the Asset Management and Business strategies of a number of housing providers across the UK. Helen is currently on sabbatical from the Board.

Diane Lennan | Deputy Chair

MA (Strategic Human Resources)

diane lennan
Diane was co-opted to the Board in September 2015. Diane has extensive executive experience within the commercial, service and not for profit sectors of people, customer service and operations. A Management Consultant who now provides clients with support for transformational change and organisational development. Diane was appointed Deputy Chair in September 2016.


Anil Maj 2015 web

Anil Majevadia

Anil is a Senior IT Professional with a background in housing, commercial and charity sectors, providing strategic IT leadership to organisations. Anil has over 20 years experience in the Housing Sector, and has held senior positions within large housing groups with portfolios for Customer Service, IT, Performance Management and Corporate Services.

Nick W 2015 web

Nick Williams

Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in mixed-use property development across a range of tenure types. This has included high value residential, mass market housing and affordable housing both social rent and intermediate for sale. Nick is currently Operations Director for Pocket Living.

Rob Webber

Rob Webber


Rob is an experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director with a focus on customer service, service quality and all things IT and digital.

Rob’s career has spanned private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He spent 8 years in manufacturing in the UK and USA followed by 5 years in sales and marketing in the UK, USA and Far East. Rob then helped to prepare a Government Agency for privatisation before moving on to become Operations Director for an IT/Systems company with responsibility for several locations across Europe. Latterly Rob was Executive Director in a 17,000 property Housing Association. He improved efficiency through novel IT solutions to increase the financial capacity to build more affordable rented homes in Dorset and Devon.

Outside of work Rob is volunteer head coach of the successful Christchurch junior water polo teams and long-time supporter of AFC Bournemouth.


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