Our Board

The Board leads and oversees Freebridge. This includes setting the budget and overall strategy, developing the business plan and monitoring performance. The Board is accountable to the shareholders – which means it reports into shareholders.

For information on the role of shareholders and on how to become a shareholder, click here.

Andy Walder

Chair

Andy retired from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in 2016 where he was responsible for all the CITB’s training colleges across the UK, training over 30,000 learners every year and working closely with construction companies, clients, and developers. He set up training venues for the London Olympics, Crossrail, JCB and was instrumental in setting up the first Construction University Technical College with the University of Wolverhampton. Andy’s earlier experience was in asset management and running multiple site licensed retail outlets for major companies such as Allied Domecq and Whitbread. Andy is currently a Director of the Ad Meliora Academy Primary School Trust in King’s Lynn, a Governor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust and an Honorary Doctor of Technology at the University of Wolverhampton. He is married to Karen, who was born in King's Lynn, and they have two  daughters who have grown up in the area.

Simon Smith

Vice Chair

Simon has built up his knowledge of West Norfolk over 25 years and joined the Freebridge board in 2016. A career lawyer, he was an Equity Partner and CEO at 2 regional law firms. Simon is a Post Graduate assessor working with candidates in Europe and Asia in the wealth management sector. In addition to Freebridge, Simon also holds a number of non-executive roles including Chair of a County Constabulary/Police & Crime Commissioner’s Joint Audit Committee, Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of a UK wide legal regulator, and is an Adjudicator to a Chartered Institute. He is also an Independent member of the Standards Committee at Leicester City Council. Simon has strong local connections and is the Governance Chair of Norfolk Citizens Advice which supports over 20,000 clients each year. 

Joanna Barrett

Joanna has twenty years’ experience of working in senior housing roles within local authorities. She has managed housing advice and homelessness, strategic housing, aids and adaptations, a home improvement agency, and new affordable housing development services. Jo also has experience in housing management and worked until 2019 as a consultant supporting housing associations and local authorities to develop their strategic direction. She is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is currently working as a Director of Policy and Properties for another housing association. Jo lives in North Norfolk with her partner and three children.

Andrew Hill

Andrew is a chartered accountant with a strong background in finance, treasury, risk management and auditing. He has experience and understanding of the housing sector, gained through various non-executive appointments.

Anita Jones

Chief Executive

Anita joined Freebridge in August 2020 from Havebury Housing in Bury St Edmunds, where she was Director of Operations and Deputy CEO since 2012.

Donald Mckenzie

Donald is a chartered accountant with a strong background in finance, treasury, governance, risk management and auditing. He has significant experience in the housing sector and is currently employed as Director of Corporate Finance and Deputy Company Secretary at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association.

Jas Rigg

Jas is a Freebridge tenant who was born, raised and still lives in King's Lynn. Her early work life was in the secretarial field but she has worked for Norfolk County Council for the past 20 years mainly in frontline services but in varying roles. She was previously an active member of a local youth club, working along with Community Support Officers supporting young children mainly from South Lynn to be actively involved in their local community and encouraging them to explore their creative nature.

Vicky Savage

Senior Leader

Vicky is a senior leader in the housing sector, with a strong background in housing management and development. She is currently employed as London Managing Director of L&Q Housing Trust and has experience in overseeing major developments. She is originally from West Norfolk, and so is well acquainted with the area and the issues it faces.

Gill Rejzl

Gill worked as part of the project team that delivered the transfer of the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk's housing stock to Freebridge Community Housing, in 2006. Following the transfer, she worked for Freebridge as Business and Performance Manager. Gill went on to take up the position of Company Secretary at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, where she supported the hospital's Board of directors and corporate governance work for more than a decade. She is currently on the Board of the College of West Anglia, where she also chairs the Audit Committee. Gill continues to serve on the Freebridge Audit and Risk Committee, to which she was appointed as an independent member in March 2020. Gill has lived in West Norfolk for many years.

Board Minutes

Here you will find minutes from the Board meetings.

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Audit & Risk
Commitee:

Function:

This committee looks after matters about audit, risk management and internal controls, and feeds back to the board.

Membership:

Donald McKenzie (Chair)

Andrew Hill

Gill Rejzl

Jo Ward (Independent Member)

Governance &
Remuneration Committee:

Function:

This committee looks after matters such as membership of and recruitment to the Board and committees; how the Board and committees are run, employee matters including executive pay, and equality, diversity, and inclusion.



Membership:

Simon Smith (Chair)

Jo Barrett

Andy Walder

Tim Drew (Independent Member)

Customer Service
Committee:

Function:

This committee looks at customer satisfaction and performance.



Membership:

Jas Rigg (Chair)

Jo Barrett

Zana Balciuniene (Tennant Member)

Maria West (Tennant Member)

Simon Smith

Development
Committee:

Function:

This committee looks after matters about the development of new homes.



Membership:

Vicky Savage (Chair)

Anita Jones (Chief Executive)

Andy Walder

Mat Forster (Independent Member)

Freebridge has a Tenant Panel which sits outside the Governance structure, but feeds its views into the Board. For more information on the Tenant Panel, click here.

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