How we are run

The Guernsey Housing Association (GHA) is an independent not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (LBG).
How we are run

Chief Executive

Steve Williams

Chief Executive

Steve Williams has been working to provide affordable housing since 1983 through a number of UK housing associations and time with a private housebuilder in the UK. His last role in the UK was a group development director for a housing association with over 18,000 properties; overseeing a team developing 800 new homes a year across the South West of England. As chief executive of the Guernsey Housing Association he is responsible for managing business performance, delivering on the GHA’s business plan and maintaining a close working relationship with States Housing, the Employment and Social Security Committee and Policy and Resources. He has an honours degree in Economics and Geography, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has completed the one-year Institute of Directors’ Company Direction course.

Our board

Chris Hill

Chairman of the Board of Directors, GHA

Chris has a financial background and qualified as a banker before specialising in investment fund administration. He has been a non-executive director of a number of financial institutions and investment funds for more than a decade. He is married with two sons and two grandchildren and has lived in Guernsey since 1973

Derek Brown

Non-Executive Director

Derek is a retired chartered surveyor and company director, he has extensive experience in the financial and legal sectors, and residential and commercial property. He is also a former Chairman of Governors of a UK Charity Commission-regulated Boys’ Preparatory school in England.

Rachel Copeland

Non-Executive Director

Rachel was a children’s nurse prior to training as a health visitor in 1992 and worked with families in Guernsey until her retirement. Rachel developed and led the Guernsey Parents Partnership, supporting families with additional needs. She is a director of a number of Guernsey charities and most recently has been part of the development of Bright Beginnings Children’s Centre.

Ian Bloese

Non-Executive Director

Ian was a partner of Campbell & Bloese, a civil and structural engineering practice on the island and brings this experience to the GHA board. His role with Campbell and Bloese meant that he was heavily involved with engineering aspects for a number of housing developments on the island. He was also engaged in commercial developments and insurance claim works connected with structural damage. He has since retired and has no involvement with the business since the sale of the practice. 

Jody Newark

Non-Executive Director

Jody is a financial services professional, with experience gained primarily in the investment and fund management sector. She has a broader background in corporate governance and legislation gained through further professional and academic qualifications. Her experience in operational and business risk means she can identify and analyse potential issues pragmatically and advise on strategic decisions. On a personal level, she also has a keen interest in property development and social housing locally.

Richard Francis

Non-Executive Director

Richard qualified as a chartered accountant in 1975 with KPMG and a few years later joined the Navy Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) Here he undertook various financial roles until its re-structuring in the late 1990s. In 1998 he was appointed finance director of Kingfisher Housing Association where he oversaw the financial, legal and IT services until its merger with Sovereign Housing Association in 2009. He retired later that year.

Michelle Le Clerc

Non-Executive Director

Michelle still works part-time for a Guernsey based private bank, overseeing their Social and Sustainability programmes.  She fostered teenagers for many years, which raised her awareness of social issues in Guernsey. Michelle followed this by becoming an elected member of the States of Deliberation for 2 terms from 2012 to 2020. She sat on Social Security, Home and Health Committee’s during her first term, and was President of Employment and Social Security from 2016 to 2020, which included responsibility for the States owned Social Housing portfolio.

Simon Milsted

Non-Executive Director

Before moving to Guernsey in 2010, Simon Milsted had a very active career in the UK in both the professional and commercial sectors. On qualification as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 Simon joined the corporate reconstruction department of Price Waterhouse’s (PwC) City of London office. On leaving Price Waterhouse some 7 years later Simon moved to the West Country and engaged in a wide variety of commercial situations both in an advisory capacity and as principal.  He has experience in many industry sectors including food, business travel, process outsourcing, financial services, insurance and logistics. He has also enjoyed a large and varied corporate finance experience over this time. Shortly after his move to Guernsey, in addition to a variety of other non-executive appointments in the finance sector and for Bailiwick charities, Simon joined the board of Guernsey Post. He chaired its board during more recent years until his retirement from the role in 2021. A period of great challenge and material structural change for this important component of Guernsey’s infrastructure. Throughout his career, Simon has sat on number of representative bodies of his profession and government sponsored support agencies. He continues to lend his experience to a variety of organisations by way of non-executive board appointments and senior executive mentoring roles.

Simon Kildahl

Non-Executive Director

Until his recent retirement as a partner in an international law firm, Simon worked on real estate finance and banking law, advising retail and investment banks, funds, insurance and property companies. His experience includes the provision and development of housing including key worker accommodation as well as bond and bank finance for housing associations. Simon relocated to Guernsey in 2020.