Executive Board

  • Group Chief Executive

    Dr Christopher Handy OBE
    Chris has a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master of Law degree, Fellowship of the Institute of Housing and membership of the British Institute of Management. He recei...

  • Deputy Chief Executive of the Accord Group

    Lakhbir Jaspal
    Lakhbir is Deputy Chief Executive and has over 18 years’ experience working within social housing. He moved to the Accord Group in 2001, initially as Director of Resource...

  • Chief Executive, Ashram Housing Association

    Jas Bains MBE
    Jas Bains is Chief Executive of Ashram Housing Association and in 2011 was awarded an MBE for his outstanding services to housing and community cohesion. Under Jas’s stew...

  • Chief Executive, Fry Housing Trust

    Robert Donath
    Rob has worked for the Trust for 15 years after a career in financial services and later with the Probation Service. He has responsibility for the development of strategic dire...

  • Chief Executive, Caldmoreaccord

    Mike Hew
    Mike joined Caldmore Area Housing Association in August 2002, taking over the reins from Barrie Blower. Mike has worked with a range of housing organisations in the Midlands si...

  • Chief Executive of Direct Health

    Jonathan Vellacott
    Jonathan has been Chief Executive of Direct Health since acquiring the company in 2003. The company has grown organically and through selective acquisitions to become one of th...

  • Director of Corporate Housing Services, Accord Group

    Sara Woodall
    Sara has a law degree and started her housing career as a housing management trainee at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. She then became an estate officer for Dudley before...

  • Director of Regeneration

    Alan Yates
    Alan has over 20 years senior management experience in the affordable housing sector in regeneration and development. Prior to that he was the general manager of a building com...

  • Director of Care and Support

    David Williams
    David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and is currently Chair of the National Housing and Dementia Research Consortium. He joined the Accord Group from Housing 21...

  • Other key director within the Accord Group: Director of Communications

    Claire Barratt
    Claire joined the Accord Group in October 2010 and has over 16 years experience of working within the media, having worked as both a journalist and in press offices for bot...

  • Other key director within the Accord Group: Group Finance Director

    Stuart Fisher
    Stuart is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and joined the Accord Group from KPMG, where he delivered a range of services to the social housing sect...