Accord Group Board

Meet our Board members.

Accord Group Board

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Elisabeth Buggins CBE, Group Chair

Elisabeth Buggins trained as a health service manager before leaving the NHS to look after three children with a variety of special needs. For 18 years she worked with the voluntary sector on local, national and European projects that interface with health services. For nearly six years, Elisabeth chaired an NHS Trust providing community, mental health and learning disability services. She was a Non-Executive Director for the National Blood Authority, and then the NHS Blood and Transplant Authority for nine years, and chaired the UK Organ Donation Taskforce, publishing three major reports on ways to improve organ donation. From 2002 – 2011, she was Chair of the local Strategic Health Authority. In 2009, Elisabeth was appointed as Programme Lead for Board Development for the NHS National Leadership Council. Elisabeth received a CBE in the New Year’s honours list 2007/8 and has been appointed Deputy Lieutenant (DL). She has a keen interest in social justice and helping people to thrive in communities, as evidenced by being a leader in the Big Feed programme and chairing Walsall Refugee and Asylum Seekers’ Support Association.


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Jon Crockett, Deputy Group Chair

Jon was Chief Executive of Wolverhampton City PCT, from its creation in 2002 until he retired 2011. He began his career in 1976 in Wolverhampton Council and joined the NHS in 1985. He is a governor of the City of Wolverhampton College and chair of its Audit Committee, a trustee of Believe to Achieve, a board member of Wolverhampton CAB, a director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, a board member of The Children’s University and a co-opted member of the NHF West Midlands Regional Committee. He is a Visiting Professor of Health Management and Leadership at the University of Wolverhampton. A qualified accountant Jon is former president of CIPFA for the Midlands, and continues to serve on its Council. Jon has a degree in Economics from Staffordshire University, and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton. He chaired Wolverhampton (Strategic) Partnership for ten years and having been born and brought up in Wolverhampton is a great ambassador for the City and a life-long Wolves supporter.


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Shahana Khan, Deputy Group Chair

Shahana Khan is the Deputy Chief Executive/Finance Director of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and is Past President of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), where she continues to serve as a Trustee. She qualified as an accountant with the Ministry of Defence before joining an international software company as their Chief Financial Officer. She joined the NHS in 1991 and has held several senior roles in different hospitals driving successful service transformation. As well as being one of the Deputy Chairs at Accord she is Chair of Accord's Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.


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Akshay Parikh, Group Non-Executive Director

Akshay has operated at senior management level in a number of high-profile positions, including that of Chief Executive Officer of the Walsall Regeneration Company, where he was responsible for driving forward an ambitious and transformational regeneration programme that culminated in the delivery of over £400 million of public and private sector investment within the town centre of Walsall. He also has more than 20 years of experience in delivering urban regeneration programmes through complex public and private sector partnering arrangements, delivering organisational change, business growth and corporate mergers and acquisitions. Akshay has worked in Walsall for nearly 16 years in various regeneration and economic development roles and was a founder member of Ashram Housing Association in 1994. He also sits on the Board of Walsall College.


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Dr Lola Adudu, Group Non-Executive Director

Lola has a long-standing career in the public health sector having sat on primary care trust (PCT) boards and having been the Director for Commissioning of Worcestershire PCT. Having worked for West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, she is currently a consultant in public health for the Public Health England West Midlands Centre.


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Barrie Blower MBE, Group Non-Executive Director

Barrie became Chair of the Accord Group in 2012, and has a post graduate Master’s degree in Managing Change. Barrie has extensive knowledge, understanding and experience in the governance of organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors. He left the Royal Navy in 1967 after over 10 years service and became active in the local community which led him into the provision of social housing. In 1969, he helped to establish what was to become Caldmore Area Housing Association, providing much needed quality, affordable housing to people in Walsall. He was awarded an MBE in 1993 for services to the community. Barrie was previously Chair of Walsall Hospital and Walsall Football Club and has also been involved at a governance level with the Race Relations Council, Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation, National Housing Federation and Shelter and is President of Walsall Football Club..


Simon Eastwood, Group Non-Executive Director

Simon is the Managing Director of Carillion Developments, with responsibility for the property development business which undertakes property schemes throughout the UK and Canada. He is a Board member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and takes a keen interest in the planning, development and funding work steams of the LEP.


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Stephen Gabriel, Chair of Ashrammoseley

Stephen currently works for Sandwell Council as the Strategic Manager for the Homes & Communities directorate, which has specific responsibility for the Strategic Housing function across the borough. Stephen has worked in local government for 25 years and has held a range of roles from both operational and strategic perspectives. Stephen currently has responsibility for private sector housing, environmental health, trading standards and licensing and has worked in economic development, equalities and education and has gained extensive knowledge in housing, regeneration and community development. Stephen has a PGD in Urban and Regional Studies at Birmingham University and studied law at the University of Central England, as well as having acquired British Sign Language level 2.


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Dr Christopher Handy OBE, Group Chief Executive

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 received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and in 2010 was made a Professor of Governance by Birmingham City University’s Business School. He has been Chief Executive of Accord and its precursors for over 20 years, previously working in other housing organisations and local government. Chris is a published author with titles including ‘Housing Associations: The Law of Social Landlords’ (written jointly with Professor John Alder) and ‘Discrimination in Housing’ and he is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Housing Law. Chris is a Non-Executive Director of the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the NHS Strategic Health Authority for Midlands and East of England. He was appointed to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Board in 2012 and leads on enterprise and the green growth agendas for the region. In addition, he is Chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership Strategy Group and was Executive Commissioner of the Commission for Co-operative and Mutual Housing.


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Andy Potter, Chair of Caldmoreaccord

Andy joined the Electricity Supply Industry as a Graduate Trainee and his career included personnel and training, customer service and marketing before being appointed as Managing Director of Engineering Services. He was a board member of Sandwell Training and Enterprise Council and a founding board member of Tipton City Challenge, which led a five year regeneration initiative. Having spent eight years as a board member then Chair of Rooftop Homes, he joined the Caldmoreaccord board in 2013 and became Chair in 2015.


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Ghulam Shabar, Group Non-Executive Director

Ghulam is a qualified social worker for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and holds a 20 year track record of working across the housing, health and social care arenas. Ghulam brings to the board an impressive repertoire of skills and experience; from the grassroots development and delivery of community based services that are sensitive and responsive to the needs of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. By being adaptable and innovative in meeting needs of the service users, Ghulam has been influential in the shaping of local health and social care policies and practices. Ghulam possesses both public and private sector experience and has qualifications in social work, management and community development practices.