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

Graham Cooper - Chair

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 - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

D.O.B 1963

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

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.

Andrew Burroughs


Tom Norris

D.O.B 1986

Tom is a Managing Director within Places for People Group, one of the UK’s leading social enterprises. With experience that includes leading PfP Scotland, a 10k home housing association, running commercial enterprises in the private sector and the start-up of Edinburgh Trams he is passionate about customers and making a difference.

Fiona Gwinnett

D.O.B 1960


Martyn Pearl

Chief Executive

Sara Merrigan

Finance Director

Grahame Law

Assets Manager

Jo Sandells

Housing Services Manager

Rosie McGlinchey

Neighbourhood Housing Officer

Jennifer Holford

Office Manager/ Administrator

Amanda Collopy

Property Services Manager

Aaron Wright

Property Services Officer

Sam Tillett

Compliance Officer

Carina Squibb

Management Accountant

Lynne Freeborn

Finance Officer

Cathy Hayes

Finance Assistant