Helping single people in East Anglia through supported accommodation and lodgings enabling them to develop skills to gain independence

Meet the Executive Committee

Pete Goddard


Pete has nearly 25 years’ experience in social housing as a lawyer and non-executive. He retired as a Partner in Birketts solicitors in 2021, where he had led the Social Housing Team for over 15 years.

He has previously been a board member and committee chair of both Hereward and Sanctuary Hereward Housing Associations and was also chair of Norwich City Council’s Housing Improvement Board. In the past he has also been a shadow board member of a prospective LSVT housing Association.

Pete is also currently a member of the Norwich Diocese Church Buildings Commission

Lisa Oakley

Vice Chair

Lisa works for a Registered Provider as a Leasehold Income Officer which involve working across different housing tenures and directly with customers and third parties. She has a strong background in housing and in housing law as she previously worked as a solicitor for Shelter advocating the rights for people who were homeless or threatened with homelessness. She has also worked for a few local authorities in housing roles and understands the local authorities’ priorities and obligations for their residents.

Mark Walsh - MBA, DipPc

Mark has over 25 years in Software delivery for Blue Chip global clients in Financial Services, Communications, Media, and Telecomms, and Resources.   

With years in technology and having worked with a variety of platforms and methodologies, Mark has delivered in both Agile and Waterfall Products and Projects. 

Having completed his MBA with Level 7 Dip in Consultancy he is both current and accredited in Management practices and Business Consultancy processes and models. Mark has delivered value for clients including, Barclays, UBS, MS Amlin, Vodafone, BT, Cisco, Royal Bank of Scotland, and many more with a successful 5 years in the city of London with leading global consultancy Accenture Plc.

April Archer

April is currently employed as an Individual Dispute Resolution Conciliation Officer for the Arbitration Conciliation Advice Service (ACAS). 

April completed her Honours Degree in Social Policy and Criminology in December 2017 after six years of part time study with the Open University. April has significant experience of the social housing sector, having previously worked for over ten years in a front-line housing support role for Flagship Housing Group. 


David Sice

David has 35 years’ experience of management working in the affordable housing sector; working for Councils, Housing Associations, Housing Charities, Alms houses and a particular interest in the vulnerable, or single person housing need. In April 2017 David retired as Chief executive of an Essex housing association. David is currently a freelance consultant, assisting small charities with governance after many years’ experience of being a Trustee or Governor of national (RNLI) or regional/ Charities (CAB). In addition, David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing with an interest in the development of new policy and practice. David is also one of the national apprentice assessors for working in housing. 

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Sarah Fish

Company Secretary

Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 and currently works at a regional firm within their Social Housing Team. Sarah has experience in advising Housing Associations in respect of acquiring property, regulatory requirements and analysing and charging their portfolios. Sarah has worked within the sector for 6 years.

Philip Ellick

Philip acted as a broker at Mullens & Co. from 1969 to 1974, and later for Rowe & Pitman from 1974 to 1977. Philip subsequently acted as a dealer at the London Stock Exchange until 1977. Following this, in 1978, he returned to Rowe & Pitman in 1978 and became a dealing partner in 1984. Philip joined S. G. Warburg & Co. in 1988 and later worked for UBS as Managing Director (equity capital market division) after the takeover of S. G. Warburg & Co. by UBS in 1995. Philip went on to join Fox-Pitt Kelton in 2003 and later served as an advisory board member for Macquarie Group Limited after the takeover of Fox-Pitt Kelton by Macquarie in 2009. He retired from Macquarie Group Limited in 2011.He is currently a non-executive director of DRENL ltd. a waste to energy company

Tracey Dowse

Tracey has worked in housing for many years in a variety of roles, both in local government and housing associations, including working as a Homelessness Prevention Officer for Solo several years ago. She has experience of all aspects of tenancy management, including rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, lettings, homelessness and benefits. 

For over 10 years she has managed teams responsible for the tenancy management of large numbers of properties. Her current role is Head of Wellbeing and Partnerships for Saffron Housing Trust, responsible for the management of the supported and specialist accommodation.

Tracey is Chartered Institute of Housing qualified and is the Domestic Abuse and Adult Safeguarding lead for Saffron.

Martyn Sandford


Martyn is a fully qualified accountant with over 35 years of post-qualification experience that has included extensive involvement in introducing new computer and internal reporting and control systems, management accounting, financial accounting, tax, treasury and commercial support for decision making. He has worked closely with HR, payroll, legal and property departments.

He also has had active involvement in major financial transactions (debt negotiation and M&A activity) and in business reorganisations.

He has worked at senior level (including Director) at Plc’s and large companies including 16 years at Anglian Home Improvements. He is currently working on interim assignments and as Pension Fund Trustee.