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Controversy-hit Andium bolsters "under strength" board

Controversy-hit Andium bolsters

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Controversy-hit Andium bolsters "under strength" board

A digital entrepreneur, a chartered accountant and a former housing group head, who helped support children affected by the Grenfell disaster, have been appointed to steer the “under strength” board of Andium, months after it was hit by controversy over executive pay.

The three new Non-Executive Directors will fill vacancies left following resignations and retirements in the wake of a major fall-out with government over pay rises and bonuses totalling over £100,000 to the social housing provider’s CEO and COO.

Elaine Bailey, the recently retired Chief Executive of Hyde Housing Group in the South of England, which managed around 50,000 homes, joined the Board on 1 February. 


Pictured: Andium's three new NEDs - Julian Box, Elaine Bailey and Jonathan Day.

She also has experience on the board of a large charity working with young people and led the Hyde Group’s fire safety initiatives in the wake of the Grenfell disaster, as well as having experience working for Serco and acting as Director of Security and a Board Member of HM Prison Service.

The appointments of Julian Box, the founder of local data and cloud technology firm Calligo, and chartered accountant of 25 years Jonathan Day came into effect on 17 February.

Andium Board Chair Mark Boleat, who stepped into the role after former Chief Minister Frank Walker’s departure last year, commented: “The Board has been under strength for some time.

“One of my priorities has been to recruit three additional Board members to fill skills gaps, particularly in respect of social housing development and use of technology to enhance client service."

Mark Boleat

Pictured: Mark Boleat, Chair of Andium's Board.

He continued: “We began the process in December and recently interviewed candidates who met our requirements. Elaine, Julian and Jonathan all stood out and I am delighted that they have accepted offers to join the Board. With the Board now at full strength, in respect of both numbers and skills, Andium Homes is well-equipped to continue its essential work of helping to meet housing need in Jersey.”


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