Meet the Board

Axiom is governed by an experienced Board of Management who between them have a deep understanding of social housing issues.

Who's who of the Board


Dr Hilary Lindsay MBA FCA FMATT: Chair

Hilary LindsayHilary is Chair of the association and joined the Board in 2009.  She is a chartered accountant and academic co-ordinator, doctoral supervisor and researcher with the Open University.  Hilary is President of the ICAEW and past president of AAT (the professional body for accounting technicians). She sits on the Governance Committee. 

Reg Wood FCMA CGMA MAPM MAAT: Vice Chair

Reg WoodReg joined the Board in September 2013. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and Managing Director at ARWC Limited. Reg is also a Non Executive Director with Hemswell Cliff Residents Co Ltd and is Trustee of Accounting Technicians. He previously worked for the Ministry of Defense where he was responsible for major project procurement and budgets. He sits on the following committees: Finance & Audit, Governance and is Chair of the Development & Assets Committee.

Marie Li Mow Ching MBA: Vice Chair

Marie Li Mow ChingMarie is a Non-Executive Director at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and an Independent Member of the General Chiropractic Council’s Audit Committee. She joined the Board in 2013. Marie is a former senior civil servant working with the Minister responsible for major regeneration programmes and innovation. She is Vice Chair of the association and sits on the Development & Assets Committee, Governance Committee and is Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee. 

David Fowler LLB (Hons)

David FowlerDavid joined the Board in 2005 and is a retired solicitor. He sits on the following committees Finance & Audit and chairs the Governance Committee. 

Angie Morris BA Hons RGN

Angie Morris photp Angie joined the Board in May 2016.  She has worked independently providing consultancy services to a number of public sector organisations and charities.  Angie has extensive experience of working in the NHS, both commissioning and provider services, and has considerable experience of working in Local Authorities. She is a Trustee of a Peterborough-based charity supporting adults with learning disabilities. Angie sits on the Finance & Audit Committee, Development & Assets Committee, Governance Committee and chairs the Care & Support Committee.

Andrew Bish DMS HND

Andrew BishAndrew joined the Board in May 2016.  He is a freelance management consultant specialising in public services.  Andrew has a Masters degree in Transformational Government and has enjoyed a successful career in local government.  Andrew is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Development & Assets Committee and is the Portfolio Holder for Value for Money.

Vanessa Connolly MA(cantab) MRICS

Vanessa ConnollyVanessa joined the Board in May 2016.  She is a Chartered Surveyor and is the retired CEO of a Bedford Housing Association which provides housing care and support for older people.  Vanessa has a wealth of experience in the housing sector and has previously worked for the Housing Corporation, a precursor to the Homes & Communities Agency as well as TPAS. Vanessa sits on the Care & Support Committee, Governance Committee, Development & Assets Committee and chairs the Resident Services Committee.

Patricia Dearnaley MBA FCIH MInstLM FRSA

Patricia DearnaleyPatricia joined the board in September 2016.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and of the Royal Society for Art.  Patricia has worked in housing for over 30 years and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration.  Patricia sits on the Care & Support Committee.

Christine Wood

Chris WoodChristine (Chris) joined the Board in 2009. She is a member of the following committees: Residents' Services, Care & Support and is the portfolio member for Equality & Diversity. 

Mervyn Cowdell

Mervyn CowdellMervyn joined the Board in September 2012. Mervyn is a member of Axiom Residents’ Forum and sits on the following committees: Finance & Audit, Residents' Services, Care & Support and is the portfolio member for 'Exemplar Employer'.


Brian Webster

Brian WebsterBrian, who works for Crosscountry Trains, joined the Board in 2013. He is a member of Axiom Residents' Forum and sits on the Resident Services Committee and Development & Assets Committee. 

Alan Lewin FCIH FRSA

Alan Lewin Alan joined the board as Executive Director in September 2016. He began his housing career in London in the 1980s and has been Chief Executive of Axiom Housing since March 2009. His previous position was Regional Director of Sanctuary Housing Group for the East of England.

Since becoming Chief Executive, Alan has overseen the doubling of turnover; development of a diverse range of general needs, special needs and new extra care schemes as well as the creation of Axiom’s care subsidiary, Axiom Care.

Alan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and of the Royal Society of Arts. He's also a member of the National Housing Federation’s Housing and Health Group and the East of England steering Group.

Contact information

If you would like to contact Axiom Housing Association please call our Customer Services team on 01733 347135.
Alternatively, email us at:, fax a message on 01733 295520 or send a text message to 07799 760764.
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