Our board members
Meet the team who make the key strategic decisions that keep us moving forwards, focused and competitive. A quarter of our board places are reserved for current tenants.
Colin Wilby (Chair)
Appointed in 2014
Colin sits on the Remuneration, Audit and Finance (no voting rights), and Communities and Housing Committees. He is also trustee chair of West Kent Extra Limited. Colin’s professional background is in manufacturing, working for large companies such as Lucas Industries and Nestlé. Latterly, he was Managing Director of a business unit within Rank Hovis McDougall plc. He now holds a portfolio of non-executive appointments, which has included roles with the NHS, Probation Services, Higher Education and RICS. Colin sits on Employment Tribunals, Bar Disciplinary Tribunals & the Financial Reporting Council Tribunals, and is a Panel Member of the HS2 property compensation scheme. He is a lay council member with the legal regulator the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, and an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committees of the Office for Students and Estuary Housing Association.
Board member, chartered accountant, retired. Caroline chairs the Audit and Finance Committee and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has a B.A. (Hons.) from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After qualifying with Price Waterhouse, she worked for Threadneedle Investment Management as a senior investment manager and head of UK equity research. More recently, she has held the posts of senior fund manager and compliance executive at Principal Investment Management (now Sanlam). She was a trustee of Hilden Oaks Educational Trust Limited, an independent school, for twelve years and held the position of chairman from 2008 to 2014.
Appointed in 2014
Judith sits on the Audit and Finance Committee. She is a chartered accountant and spent 15 years as finance director of Vaillant, part of a multinational heating technology group. She has worked in various companies ranging from a small sports management group to a newly established subsidiary of Granada. She currently runs a small business advice practice and is a non-executive director of the British Veterinary Association. She has experience in HR, IT, contracts and facilities management. Judith has been a trustee and the treasurer of a local school PTA.
Appointed in 2015
Angela is a tenant board member and sits on the Communities and Housing Committee, and is a trustee of West Kent Extra Limited. She was on the tenant scrutiny panel for West Kent. She is an ex-councillor for Sevenoaks District Council and is an active member for 38Degrees. She has volunteered as an adviser at the Swanley Citizens Advice Bureau and volunteered for the British Red Cross. She studied hotel catering and industrial management and worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years. Angela is an active campaigner for human rights worldwide.
Appointed in 2012
Dave is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. Now retired, Dave was a Corporate Development Director at Moat Homes Ltd where he was responsible for strategic corporate planning and was lead for regeneration and private finance initiative. Prior to working at Moat, Dave worked at London and Quadrant Housing Trust in various roles, including Director of Specialist Housing and has worked for The Housing Corporation.
Appointed in 2012
Brian is the Chair of the Communities and Housing Committee and is a trustee of West Kent Extra Limited. Brian has over 25 years’ professional experience in the housing sector and is the director of Horton Strategic, an independent housing consultancy. He is the retained strategic housing adviser to South East LEP and works with a wide range of clients including Cheyne Capital and The Housing and Finance Institute. Brian has a masters degree in housing studies and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Appointed in 2014
Peter sits on the Audit and Finance Committee. He retired in 2013 from Catalyst Capital LLP, a London-based private real estate fund manager operating in the UK, France, Germany and Poland investing in commercial property needing improvement. A dual American/British citizen, his past property experience includes construction management as well as the development and management of market-rate and subsidised residential projects in the USA. He has lived in Kent since 1994.
Dr Jo Simpson
Appointed in 2017
Dr Jo Simpson sits on the Communities and Housing Committee. She is a trustee of West Kent Extra Limited. Jo is the managing director of Jo Simpson Research (JSR), a research consultancy specialising in property and development research. Jo works for a range of clients including; Moat Housing, Clarion, Orbit Homes, The Aster Group, Countryside Properties, City & Country, Crest Nicholson, Trenport Investments, Hollamby Estates PLC and Crawley Borough Council. Before founding JSR, Jo was head of group strategic research for Countryside Properties and a director for a Kent based market research company. Jo also regularly teaches masterclasses in research methods at Anglia Ruskin University for the MSc/PhD students.
Appointed in 2005
Chief Executive - West Kent. Frank sits on Communities and Housing Committee. He is a trustee of West Kent Extra Limited. Chief Executive since 2010, he is a qualified accountant and previously spent 14 years in finance director roles at two housing associations. He is a board member of the Placeshapers group of housing associations. Prior to joining the housing sector, he worked on the regeneration of London’s docklands. There he was involved in the economic appraisal, funding and financial management of a wide range of commercial, transport, housing, education, community regeneration and early private finance initiative schemes.
Helen Edwards MBA
Appointed in 2018
Board member Helen works in the non-profit and commercial sectors, with particular interest in services and choice for older or disabled people. Helen has worked across the UK with a variety of organisations including housing associations and local authorities in a care and support setting. She has provided consultancy via the Chartered Institute of Housing and Housing Quality Network prior to working freelance. Helen successfully established the Bedfordshire Telecare Service with Bedfordshire County Council, featuring on national BBC television and radio, and presented at sector conferences. Helen has overseen major change programmes, restructuring retirement housing services and overseeing multiple new scheme developments for a variety of new-build and re-modelled housing schemes. Helen gained her MBA at Cranfield University in 2009/10. As Director of Client Relations at a leading Asset Management software provider, Helen worked with housing providers across the UK, shaping asset management and business strategy. Helen has previously been a Board Member at Crown Simmons Housing Association, an independent member of Catalyst Housing Customer Committee and a mentor for Lancaster University and the Carers’ Trust.
Appointed in 2019
Megan is a tenant board member and sits on the Communities and Housing Committee and is a Trustee of West Kent Extra Limited. Having grown up and lived in a West Kent property all of her life, Megan brings a valuable insight into the Board and the opportunity to input and have a part in helping to shape West Kent’s future. Megan is an actor and was able to benefit from West Kent’s Rising Star Bursary which paid for her drama lessons which led to her gaining a drama scholarship to attend Sevenoaks School. Megan is now keen to encourage others into the performing arts sector. Having taken part in one of the photography courses provided by West Kent, Megan is eager to spread awareness of the amazing community projects available. Megan is also a founding member of She Wolves Theatre Company, a professional company of young actors and producers seeking to subvert classical female narratives through current, cutting-edge theatre. They donate all the money from their programs to the ‘My Body Back' programme, a charity that supports women after sexual assault.
Appointed in 2019
Ben is a tenant board member and sits on the Remuneration Committee, Communities and Housing Committee and is a Trustee of West Kent Extra Limited. Ben is an Ordained Minister, affiliated to the Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance, and is Senior Minister at The Elim Church in Swanley and Lead Chaplin at Ellenor Hospice, Gravesend. He is also involved in a number of community projects which include ‘Who Let the Dads Out’, which supports fathers and their children and gives dads a chance to connect with other dads, and Area Co-ordinator for Christian Vision for Men; a national men’s ministry. Ben sits on the Faith Panel at Radio Kent from time-to-time. He is a Trustee of Swanley and District Foodbank and he pioneered the budding U-Grow Seed-to-Plate Food project which teaches members of the community to grow, harvest and cook their food.