About Two Saints

Supporting the homeless and those at risk

Our vision

To give people who are homeless, vulnerable or in need of support, the opportunity to build a brighter future

Our mission

To significantly improve the lives of those who are homeless, vulnerable or in need of support by providing high quality, effective and reliable housing, support and learning services

Our values

giving our clients choice and control
openness, honesty and respect
equality and diversity
quality, efficiency and value for money

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Important information

Our Board of Management

We are governed by a voluntary Board of Management. The Board meet quarterly to ensure that the organisation complies with its statutory responsibilities and adheres to the regulatory code for registered providers. Our Board members also serve on our committees; the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Andrew Cobb

Andrew Cobb

Chairman of the board

Andrew has worked in social housing for 35 years and during the last 15 has been a local authority housing director and housing association chief executive. He now works as a consultant and interim manager. He has served as a board member of Basingstoke YMCA and Paramount Housing Association and as the Chair of the National Housing Federation in the South East.
Jenny Vaux

Jenny Vaux

Vice-chairman of the board

Jenny moved to Hampshire in 2012 when offered the role as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and joined our board as part of her commitment to her local community.  Jenny has significant board-level experience as an executive and non-executive director and brings skills and expertise in a range of areas including marketing, communications, developing services around individual  needs and wishes, valuing and embracing diversity, formulating and implementing significant changes at the strategic level, business and strategic development,  competitive tendering and governance and the management of risk.  Jenny is a member of our audit and risk committee.
John Carter

John Carter

Chairman Audit and Risk committee

John is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has been involved in finance for over 25 Years at JP Morgan Chase and HSBC.  In recent years John has been working more locally as Finance Director in organisations with a greater social consideration, including a group of schools and a Southampton charity.  He is currently Head of Management Reporting at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.  John brings experience at board and senior management level, especially in the areas of finance, business management and is a member of our Audit and Risk committee.
Nick Cross

Nick Cross

Nick has worked in Housing for over 20 years in both Housing Association and Local Government in a variety of key roles.  Most recently he worked as Head of Housing for a large Local Authority in Hampshire where he had responsibility for all aspects of the Housing service both Landlord Services, Asset Management and Homelessness.  Nick brings a wealth of front line housing experience and particular knowledge in the areas of Safeguarding, wellbeing and Health and Safety.  He is currently working as an independent Housing consultant.

Bettina Harvey

Bettina Harvey

Bettina is a chartered accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and has significant experience in the financial services industry at a senior level.  She joined the Two Saints Board of Management as a “finance champion” and brings with her extensive experience of financial and regulatory reporting, business planning, expense budgeting, financial controls and delivering on finance projects.
Diane Jamieson

Diane Jamieson

Diane is currently the Regional Housing and Support Director for the West area of a national housing provider specialising in providing housing and services for people in later life.  Having worked in in the housing sector for over 20 years, Diane has a wide range of experience and skills, recently developing and commissioning Extra Care estates throughout the South of England. Diane is a member of our Audit and Risk Committee
Helen Keats MBE

Helen Keats MBE

Helen is a rough sleeping advisor, offering support to local authorities, the police, service commissioners and the charitable and voluntary sector to tackle and prevent chronic homelessness.

She published guidance on meeting the emotional and psychological needs of homeless people while working at DCLG as the National Rough Sleeping Advisor.

She was awarded the MBE in 2002 for her work with homeless people.

Kevin Williamson

Kevin Williamson

Kevin is currently an ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service.  Previously he worked in Whitehall for over 20 years, including stints with HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office.  His last senior civil service role was with the Department for Communities and Local Government where he was responsible for sponsoring the Homes and Communities Agency and establishing the Regulation Committee.  After leaving the civil service he worked for a couple of years at the National Housing Federation as Head of Policy.  Kevin has non-executive experience having been Chair of Citizens Advice in Fareham where he was a trustee from 2011 until joining us.
Mark Woosey

Mark Woosey

Mark is a Chartered IT Professional (MBCS CITP), currently Director of Information Technology for Genesis Housing Association, and has worked in the Housing and Care sector for over 10 years including a spell for the Chartered Institute of Housing Audit and Risk Board.  He has previously held several non exec director roles within the housing sector at other HAs.

Mark has also held senior business roles within UK retail businesses and brings a wealth of knowledge of project & program management and IT systems and infrastructure design & delivery from his time working within national and global blue-chip businesses.

Our Management team:

The Board are supported by our Management team, based in Fareham, Hampshire:

Steve Benson

Steve Benson

Chief Executive

Steve joined Two Saints in February 2014 and is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the organisation. Previously Steve has worked in the housing sector in the south and south west.  He has worked for a variety of local authorities and held senior roles as Operations Director and Managing Director in a number of housing associations.  He is also a past President of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
James McDermott

James McDermott

Regional Director

James joined Two Saints in December 2002 and is responsible for operations for a regional patch. He is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) with over 20 years experience in the sector. Previous experience includes youth work and substance misuse. He has also had the opportunity to progress in several roles at Two Saints and has been a front line project worker progressing to service and senior management roles.
Charlotte Buckingham

Charlotte Buckingham

Regional Director

Charlotte has been working in the homeless field since 2002. Before joining Two Saints she was the CEO for a small charity in Oxford that specialised in working with people with multiple and complex needs. Charlotte’s broad range of experience has been developed through working as a front line staff member and in various management posts. Charlotte has a keen interest in outcomes for clients and organisational performance.
Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Human Resources Director

Sharon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has worked in HR roles for over 20 years. Prior to joining Two Saints, Sharon worked in the banking and finance sector, working closely with operational managers as a business partner. Sharon is responsible for ensuring that the people management infrastructure and processes support Two Saints’ organisational strategy.
Janice Hughes

Janice Hughes

Finance Director

Janice is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in housing and not-for profit.  Janice is responsible for leading Two Saints financial strategy, statutory and management accounting, budgeting, treasury management, systems development, IT as well as contributing to overall corporate strategy.

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