Governance of Anchor is entrusted to a board of non-executive trustee directors and an Executive Management Board.

Our non-executive board are:

Pamela Chesters CBE

Pamela joined the Board in April 2013 and took up the role of Chair of Anchor from September 2013.

She is also a member of the governing body of St Andrews University and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. She has previously chaired: Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Action for Children, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, PRIME and English Churches Housing Group and was on the board of Riverside.

Pamela was a councillor at the London Borough of Camden from 1990 to 2000, including two years as Leader of the Opposition. In her executive roles, she was London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Advisor for Health & Families between 2009 and 2012. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years at British Petroleum Company, most recently as CEO of Duckhams Oils.    

Stephen JackStephen Jack OBE
Vice Chair

Stephen is a chartered accountant. As an executive he held senior finance roles in a number of international financial services organisations including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, ING Barings, Collins Stewart Tullett plc and Compagnie Financière Tradition SA.

His non-executive roles span a number of different sectors. Stephen was Trustee and then Chair, from 2007 to 2015, of the Independent Living Fund, a non-departmental public body which provided support to severely disabled people across the UK. He joined the Board of the Cambridge Building Society as a Non-Executive Director in April 2014 and became a trustee of the Royal Mencap Society in May 2014. In September 2015, he joined the board of MUFG Securities EMEA plc as an independent Non-Executive Director. 

Mark Allan
Trustee Director

Mark has been Chief Executive of St Modwen Properties plc, the UK's leading property regeneration specialist and a constituent of the FTSE 250 index, since November 2016. Immediately prior to taking up this role Mark spent 17 years at Unite Students, the UK's leading student accommodation provider, including 10 years as Chief Executive and three as Chief Financial Officer. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Alun Griffiths
Trustee Director

Alun holds non-executive directorships with Severfield plc, Ramboll Group A/S, The Port of London Authority and The McLean Group. He is also a member of the Ministry of Defence National Employer Advisory Board.

Alun retired from WS Atkins plc, the leading engineering and project management consultancy, in July 2014 where he was a main board director and Group HR Director.

Richard Jones CBE
Trustee Director

Richard is an independent consultant having worked in a range of executive roles. He was a Director with NHS England responsible for the Area Team in Lancashire. Richard has worked in central and local government and was Executive Director of Adult and Community Services for Lancashire County Council. Richard qualified as a social worker and has held senior roles in a number of organisations. He has experience of commissioning both health and care services.

Richard was President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and is Chair of Shared Lives and a Trustee Action on Hearing Loss. He was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in 2011.

Richard Petty 
Trustee Director

Richard Petty is the Lead Director for Residential Advisory at JLL, one of the largest firms of chartered surveyors and property consultants in the world. Richard has 30 years’ professional experience, the last 21 years of which have been devoted to the affordable housing sector. He is recognised nationally as one of the leading valuers and property advisors to registered providers, their funders and investors. 

Richard is also Chair of Dolphin Living, the not-for-profit registered provider subsidiary of Dolphin Square Foundation, and is a regular speaker at conferences in the sector.