Governance

Governance at Dawson Housing is central to our aim to provide long-term, secure and high- quality accommodation for all our tenants.

We strongly believe in a co-regulatory approach, which allows us to work alongside the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) in a proactive rather than reactive manner.

We have chosen to comply with the National Housing Federation (NHF) Code of Governance and the NHF Code of Conduct, alongside the Governance and Financial Viability Standard 2015 – this means that we are held to the highest industry standards.

To ensure the highest level of compliance with the chosen codes, we conduct internal audits which involve completing in-depth examinations of all aspects of our business. We do this by issuing scorecards to each business division – these scorecards help us to monitor and track our progress and keep on top of all our governance and compliance needs.

Accountability and transparency are also key to us at Dawson Housing which is why we have established stringent internal controls. The controls consist of 3 lines of defence which include, Senior Management Team meetings, the Board and Committee Meetings and reviews by both internal and external auditors. These lines of defence are necessary as a foundation for good governance and allow us to secure the longevity of our residents’ tenancies. Our Board acknowledges its responsibility for maintaining and the system of internal controls and for annually reviewing its effectiveness.

The Board is comprised of a Non-Executive majority and boasts a highly diverse and relevant skillset. This allows the Board to be able to effectively oversee Dawson Housing’ activities.

Our Company Secretary works with the Board to ensure that the Board operates in an efficient and effective manner.

Lastly and most importantly, we strongly believe in a co-regulatory approach, which allows us to work alongside the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) in a proactive rather than reactive manner.

Non-Executive Board Members

Victor Bernard Welsh

Victor Welsh has worked as a solicitor and a Notary Public in Liverpool for more than 30 years, building up a solid reputation in the Legal industry, personally specialising in private client and trust work as well as acting for a number of social enterprise organisations and housing associations. He is the Managing Partner of Victor Welsh Legal Ltd where the company has considerable expertise in a range of legal disciplines.

Victor has worked with a number of well-known charities for persons with learning or mental health disabilities and is fully aware of the many challenges and difficulties faced by these vulnerable people and their families.

Victor formally served as Chairman of Liverpool Mencap and is a Trustee of Avondale Mental Healthcare Centre and a member of the board of The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society.

Amanda Trent

Amanda has over 20 years practice experience in customer focused environments at a senior level within both public and private sectors. She is a passionate leader in the continuous improvement of services through reflective practices with a keen desire to make a difference.

Working in Social Housing for the last 10 years, Amanda is a recognised Chartered Member of the Chartered Iinstitute of Housing. Amanda has held a range of roles in the sector, predominantly specialising in Contract Supervision, leading in Performance Management, Customer Excellence and has extensive knowledge of property management and customer care. Some of the many skills Amanda brings to the board include, Social Housing governance experience, strategic management and operational development.

CEO

Alex Bass

Alex is the current shareholder & CEO of Dawson Housing with over 15 years’ experience in property development and investment across variety of sectors. His strengths lie in acquisitions, planning and business development. He also owns a consulting company advising numerous clients across a number of property projects. Alex has experienced being a carer and understands the emotional pressure and effects faced by families through those difficult times. His goal is to make Dawson Housing one of the best small housing associations in the UK offering quality care and property for people in society that need it most.