Our Governance and Board

We have a team of dedicated Board members who oversee all key decisions and review performance throughout the year.

As well as our main Board, we have an Audit and Risk Committee, a Governance, Nominations and Remunerations Committee, an Investment Committee, a Treasury Committee and a Foundation Committee.

The Board meets about six times a year and most members also sit on one of the specialist committees. All our Board members, staff, appointed contractors and consultants are bound by Paradigm’s Code of Conduct and other principal policies.

Detailed information on the Board’s objectives and strategy, governance and financial position are set out in our Annual Report.

Paradigm has adopted the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) Code of Governance 2020 and the NHF’s Code of Conduct 2012.

If you would like to contact us about any of our Board members or contact them directly, please email governance@paradigmhousing.co.uk.

Meet our Board:

Julian Ashby


Julian Ashby joins the Board following six years as Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Regulation Committee, three years as Deputy Chair of the Tenant Services Authority and a varied career over more than 30 years in the social housing sector.

Pat Brandum

Senior Independent Director

Pat, having been Chief Executive of a major registered provider in the West Midlands, has spent her working life in various housing organisations and has had the privilege of seeing at first hand the positive impacts that can be achieved through the provision of quality homes and services.

Matthew Bailes

Board member

Matthew has been Paradigm Housing Group's Chief Executive since September 2015, and was previously the Director of Regulation at the Homes and Communities Agency.

Mathew Bishop

Board member

Mathew has almost 20 years’ construction and building maintenance experience within both private and public sector outsourcing.

John Cross

Board member and Chair of Development Committee

John has enjoyed a 30-year executive career in the social housing sector. His most recent role was Chief Executive of BPHA, a housing association with 17,000 homes, which grew significantly under his leadership.

Eva Cullen

Board member

Eva is currently Head of Customer Fulfilment Operations, Operations and Supply Chain Directorate at John Lewis.

Philippa Lowe

Board member and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Philippa is a qualified accountant with 27 years’ Board-level experience in executive and non-executive roles. She has enjoyed a long and varied executive career in the NHS, leading teams and individuals through constant and significant change. Her non-executive experience includes nine years’ serving as an independent Board Member of GreenSquare Group, chairing its Audit Committee for the latter five years.

Peter Quinn

Board member

Peter has extensive experience in affordable housing development and was formerly Partnerships Director at Lovell Partnerships.

John Simpson

Board member and Chair of Treasury Committee

John is a former chair of Sovereign Housing Association and its Treasury Committee and brings over 30 years’ experience in the banking and finance sectors.

Liz Bailey

Board member

Liz is a Chief Information Officer/IT Director with significant experience in digital strategy implementation and technology leadership within a University and two major manufacturing companies. She was previously a trustee of University and Colleges Information Systems Association, the body representing almost all major universities, as well as a governor and trustee at Leicester Grammar School Trust. Liz volunteers as a youth and education worker and has a real understanding that providing a safe and secure home leads to opportunities in life.

Eleanor Southwood

Board member

Eleanor Southwood is a councillor in the London Borough of Brent and for the last three years has been Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform. She has non-executive experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Eleanor was previously a trustee and then chair of trustees at the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Richard Osborne

Board member

Richard Osborne is currently a Trustee at Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire. Richard has nearly 40 years’ experience working in social housing, including leading strategic asset management and health and safety for one of the West Midlands’ largest housing organisations.

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