Board and Staff

Vectis is governed by people from the local community who give their time voluntarily. Their role is to ensure that Vectis is properly run as a viable business, and within the boundaries of the law and regulation.

Board members possess a wide range of skills and experience, which combine to make an effective unit. This normally includes representation from two Vectis tenants.

The Board currently meets every six to eight weeks. In addition to dealing with routine matters, each meeting based around a particular theme of either:

  • Governance, Policy, and Strategy, or
  • Finance, or
  • Housing management and maintenance, or
  • Best Value and Continuous Improvement

There is also an Audit and Risk Committee, which meets half-yearly to review the annual audited accounts with the Auditors, budgets for the forthcoming year, treasury management, and staffing matters.

Sub-groups are formed from time to time to consider specific topics delegated to them by the main board.

Each of these bodies comprise members of the Board itself, and report to the Board.

Board Member Profiles

Malcolm Groves - Chair

D.O.B 1947

Island born and spent most of his professional career in the city. Former chair of Southern Housing Group, South Wight Housing Association and member of the board of Island Cottages and is currently chairman of Chale Recreation Ground and a board member of Sustainable Chale Ltd.

John Maton - Vice Chair

D.O.B 1942

Currently a VHA tenant and member of the Tenant Forum. John has experience in many aspects of business up to Director level.

Graham Cooper

D.O.B 1966

Significant experience in banking and finance, past Chair of the IoW Cricket Board, governor at IoW College.

Elizabeth Ralley

D.O.B 1953

Significant experience retail sector, extensive voluntary experience including work with the CAB.

Norman Arnold

D.O.B 1963

Company Director, links to the IoW Chamber of Commerce, considerable experience in managing private enterprises.

Damien Ward

D.O.B 1962

Business Improvement Consultant, Island raised and worked mostly on the mainland in various sectors including social housing. Previously a member of the Spectrum Housing Group Board as well as the Audit and Risk Committee.

Chris Goddard

D.O.B 1956

Career spanning over forty years in construction. During this time it has included the delivery, at both trade and senior management level, of a variety of major projects within commercial, residential, retail and sports sectors as well as refurbishment work on listed buildings.


Lorraine Buckman

D.O.B 1953

A highly commercially focused Human Resources professional with many years of experience gained in strategic leadership positions in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Lorraine has spent most of the last 20 years working in social care environments in both HR and operational roles.

Eileen Green

D.O.B 1957

Extensive experience of front-line work in Social Housing with a large national Housing Association as well as having worked in Owner Association Management during her 12 years in the Middle East. This involved ensuring buildings operate efficiently, the fair sharing of operating costs and that communities remain safe and harmonious. Originally from the North West of England Eileen is delighted to now live on the Isle of Wight and have the opportunity to contribute to the Board of Vectis Housing Association.


Martyn Pearl

Chief Executive

Sara Merrigan

Finance Director

Sharon Harvey

Head of Neighbourhoods and Communities

Grahame Law

Head of Assets

Jo Sandells

Senior Housing Officer - Neighbourhoods and Communities

Carol Coleman

Neighbourhood Housing Officer

Sarah Bonser

Community Housing Officer

Rosie McGlinchey

Neighbourhood Housing Officer

Jennifer Holford

Reception/ Administrator

Amanda Collopy

Property Services Manager

Stephen Barnes

Property Services Officer

Sam Tillett

Compliance Officer

Carina Squibb

Management Accountant

Lynne Freeborn

Finance Officer