We were originally formed in April 2001 through the merger of the Society of St Dismas (founded in 1962) and St Petroc Housing association (founded in 1972). Both organisations shared a passion for housing and supporting vulnerable people.
Our services are located in Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton and they include; outreach to people who are sleeping rough, supported accommodation (direct access hostels, move-on accommodation, and resettlement flats), day centres, community support, Housing First, mental health support and landlord support services.
To find out more about us take a look at our strategy for 2023-2026
To be a safety net for people in tough times and the springboard to a brighter future
To provide people with homes and specialist support so they feel more valued and secure, and ready to take the next steps
We know we’re stronger together
We do the right things, for the right reasons
We never give up
The role of our Board is to guide, direct and challenge the plans and decisions we make to ensure we’re doing the right things in the right way. Their extensive knowledge and experience in finance, housing, care and support and the charity sector means they can provide us with governance to make sure we stay on track and are working within the relevant laws and regulations.
All our Board members are aligned with the Two Saints values as well as our vision and mission – read more about them below.
Julie is a chief executive officer and also works as a consultant. She’s spent more than 25 years supporting boards of local, national and international charities to improve their governance, management and sustainability. Prior to this, she was operations director of a property development company.
Mark has worked in the housing and care sector for more than 10 years and is currently a director of IT. He has held several non-executive directorships with housing associations and senior business roles with national and blue-chip companies and was formerly on the board for the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Gill worked as a midwife for 37 years and was an associate director for community services and mental health at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust – she was awarded an MBE for her work in the health service and community. Gill is currently a parish councillor and the deputy Lord Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight as well as a trustee for three charities.
Caroline is currently on the executive team of a registered housing provider and has significant experience in a variety of leadership roles predominantly in the area of social, community and wellbeing services.
Diane has worked in a variety of leadership roles in the social housing and support sector for over 20 years, She specialised in the provision and development of housing and support services for people in later life. Formerly a regional director for a national specialist housing association, she now manages older persons housing services at a local authority.
Rachel is currently deputy chief executive for a housing association and managing director of a property company, she has over 14 years of experience working in the housing sector. Rachel is committed to highlighting the positive impact of specialist and smaller housing associations in meeting local and individual needs.
Tony has over 25 years of experience delivering development and operational management for housing associations and is currently south west development director for a housing consultancy. Tony has contributed to shaping and influencing policy and best practice as a National Housing Federation representative.
Siobhan is an experienced HR director with extensive knowledge of culture and change management to drive improvement across organisations. She’s worked in the University sector for over 15 years, but also has experience in the charity sector and private industry.
John is a qualified accountant with a 30-year career in financial services. He also holds qualifications in the management of risk, the delivery of change, and in green and sustainable finance. John has 10 years experience in non-executive roles including mental health charities and housing associations.
Richard is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for our organisation. He has extensive leadership experience across a wide range of organisations, including in the social housing sector. Previous roles include chief executive of the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation, director of Cobseo and chief operating officer of Lord Wandsworth College.
Executive Director of Investment, Assets and Risk
Janice is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in housing and not-for-profit organisations. Janice is responsible for leading our financial strategy, statutory and management accounting, budgeting and treasury management as well as contributing to our overall corporate strategy.
Executive Director of People and Programmes
Paula-May has a background in operations and transformation and a wealth of experience in leading teams, delivering change and supporting vulnerable people, most recently for the NHS. Her role is to ensure that our culture remains true to our vision and is a place people want to work and grow and have the tools needed to deliver support to our clients.
Executive Director of Client Services
Charlotte has been in the housing sector for 20 years and was previously chief executive officer for a small charity that specialises in working with people with multiple and complex needs. Her broad range of experience has been developed through working as a front-line staff member and in various management posts.