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


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.

Gill Rejzl

Vice Chair

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, before her retirement from full-time employment in 2020. Gill is currently Chair of the Board of the College of West Anglia and has lived in West Norfolk for many years.  

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.

Joanna Barrett

Jo has worked in the housing sector for many years in the local authority, housing association, consultancy and for profit sectors. Jo is currently Strategy and Assurance Director at Eastlight Community Homes. Jo lives in North Norfolk with her partner and three children.

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.

Vicky Savage

Vicky is a senior leader in the housing sector, with a strong background in housing management and development. She is currently employed as Group Director of Development and Sales at 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.

Gil Fernandes

Originally from Porto, in Portugal, Gil is a Freebridge tenant and has lived in Norfolk since 2008.  He worked in various roles in manufacturing before becoming an holistic therapist, specialising in Reiki and meditation, in 2017.  Since then, he has worked for Social Services, supporting vulnerable children in residential care homes and hospitals.  He is now a complex care specialist and working as a Team Leader in this field.  He is also studying to become a psychotherapist. 

Jo Ward

Prior to joining the Board, Jo has worked with Freebridge since January 22 as an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  With her background in Environment, Health and Safety working for a global pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation, she brings experience in these fields to support Freebridge’s corporate strategy.

Andy Orrey

Board Member

After many years in senior Finance roles across various sectors, Andy moved into Housing in 2006 as Finance Director of Ongo Homes. Shortly afterwards, he became CEO, and Ongo became an award winning organisation with a priority on staff engagement leading to a focus on providing high quality customer satisfaction. Andy later acted as Interim Finance Director for the Chartered Institute of Housing. Andy has served on numerous boards in Housing, Education and the Greater Lincolnshire local enterprise partnership.

Board Minutes

Here you will find minutes from the Board meetings.















Audit & Risk


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


Donald McKenzie (Chair)

Jo Ward

Reyaaz Jacobs (Independent Member)

Andrew Ryde (Independent Member)

Governance &
Remuneration Committee:


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 the Chief Executive's pay, contract and appraisals; and equality, diversity, and inclusion.


Gill Rejzl (Chair)

Jo Barrett

Andy Walder

Tim Drew (Independent Member)

Development & Asset


This Committee looks after matters about the development of new homes and the management of the existing stock.


Vicky Savage (Chair)

Andy Walder

Liz Bishop (Independent Member)

Adil Rashid (Independent Member)

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

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