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    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. Find out more about what our board members do.

    • Colin Wilby (Chair)

      Appointed in 2014

      Colin sits on the Remuneration and Appointments, Audit and Risk (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.

    • Akin Durowoju

      Appointed in 2021

      Akin is a board member with a development interest and sits on the Investment and Finance Committee. Akin is a chartered surveyor by background, currently leading for the NHS on the £200m built environment and technical aspects of the St Pancras Development Project. He has over 24 years’ experience of delivering major regeneration and housing development programmes across the UK, working with Homes England and Housing and sector leading Housing Associations. He is currently a non-executive director for First Wave Housing.

    • Angela George

      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. 

    • Ben Cooper

      Appointed in 2019

      Ben is a tenant board member and sits on the Remuneration and Appointments and Communities and Housing Committee. 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.

    • Janet Eilbeck

      Appointed in 2021

      Janet is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Appointment Committee. Janet’s career as Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) included a number of leading roles within the successful Public Sector Assurance Practice, including leading the audit part of that business for a time, and acting as audit partner responsible for many public sector bodies in Kent and nationally. She is currently a Non Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Audit Committee, National Audit Office.

    • Dr Jo Simpson

      Appointed in 2017

      Dr Jo Simpson is the Chair of 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.

    • Judith Collings

      Appointed in 2014

      Judith sits on the Investment 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.

    • Kevin Corbett

      Appointed in 2021

      Kevin is a board member with a IT/digital interest and sits on the Investment and Finance Committee. Kevin is seasoned IT Director and CIO with experience of organisations from privately-held, to non-profit and the public sector, leading and driving digital change and ensuring the IT strategy enables the strategic ambitions. Currently partner with the advisory firm, Gartner and before that IT Director, Clarion Group. He is currently deputy chair and trustee for the West Kent based charity Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services.

    • Megan Morvan

      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. 

    • Peter Kasch

      Appointed in 2014

      Peter is the Chair of the Investment 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.

    • Tracy Allison

      Appointed in 2019

      Chief Executive - West Kent. Appointed to the role in November 2019, Tracy was formerly (Since 2010) Group Director of Transformation and Business Services at Hyde Housing Association. Tracy is responsible for the overall running of West Kent and its subsidiaries.