The Board is made up of representatives from Member organisations and help shape our strategy in accordance with our mission and vision.  Antony Silk of Optivo is our current Acting Chair.

Antony Silk

Director of Procurement - Optivo

In a career spanning private practice, local authority, housing co-ops and registered providers, Antony brings over thirty years of experience in the housing sector delivering services focused on customer empowerment, compliance and safety.

As Director of Procurement at Optivo, Antony is energised through creative solutions, the social value proposition and contracting through relationships. As Board member of SEC, he is an avid supporter of their intent to develop future solutions and thinking for the sector.

Open and accessible, Antony is keen to learn what others know and welcomes you contacting him

Elspeth Brown

Head of Contracts & Compliance - Town & Country Housing

Elspeth brings 20 years experience in the housing sector to the SEC Board. At Town & Country Housing Elspeth leads on the delivery of their joint venture responsive repairs and voids service, with a focus on customer service as well as health and safety. She is also responsible for ensuring their service and compliance contracts are administered correctly.

Neil Diddums

Property & Asset Management Director - West Kent Housing Association

Neil is a strategic leader and service delivery specialist, with over 20 years’ experience in housing and the commercial sector. Having worked at a senior level with responsibility for significant contracts and budgets (including at Orbit, Carillion Energy Services and British Gas) he has most recently been Partnerships Director at 4i Solutions providing consultancy support to the Housing Sector (including G15 and Kent based peers).

Susan Cardozo

Strategic Lead, Housing Assets, Repairs and Compliance - Thurrock Council

Susan has 18 years’ experience in the management of social housing and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing. She has a track record of successfully delivering a range of complex projects and investment programmes. She is currently working at Thurrock Council undertaking the role of Strategic Lead for Housing Assets, Repairs and Compliance and in this role leads on strategic investment priorities for a housing stock of circa 10,000 properties.

Kurtis Lee

Strategic Asset Management & Compliance

Kurtis has vast experience of implementing strategic plans into operation. His experience consists of Asset Management, Procurement, Responsive Maintenance, Contract and Contractors Management, Project Management and Health, Safety and Compliance.

He brings enthusiasm, an ambitious attitude and drive to assist the South East Consortium with the organisation’s aspirations. Kurtis is a forward-thinking individual and has incorporated numerous new initiatives, one of which includes the successful implementation of a four-year stock condition survey programme incorporating BIM scan / surveying.

Other roles have included Head of Asset Management positions for Camden and Barnet Council’s and working for Circle Housing (Clarion).

Daren Donoghue

Chief Executive - Radcliffe Housing Society

Daren is the Chief Executive at Radcliffe Housing Society. He was Town and Country’s Housing Regional Operations Manager prior to the merger with Peabody in 2019.

Before moving into housing in 2014,he was an Inspector with the Metropolitan Police Service, where he was responsible for a large team of Sergeants, Constables and Police Staff. Daren planned, managed and monitored operational policing activity.

Tina Bull

Head of Housing - Arhag Housing Association

Tina has over 25 years of experience in social housing. This experience includes resident involvement, housing management, service development, contact centre management, service improvement, contract management and customer services. Currently as Head of Housing at Arhag Tina is responsible for ensuring all the core housing functions are delivered with a highly successful housing plus service which includes an award winning employability programme. Residents are always at the heart of all decision making and improvements.

Tina worked in the London Borough of Lambeth for 18 years and started as a Tenancy Housing Officer moving on to Service Development and then Repairs Performance Manager. In 2007, when Lambeth Living, Lambeth’s arms-length management organisation, was created she became their Complaints Manager. For the past five years she was the Head of Service Improvement and her successes include improving complaints handling resulting in an 80% reduction in complaints received; the successful procurement of a contact centre contract which delivered annual savings of £1m; and leading the successful reintegration of Lambeth Living back into the council.

Marc Baines

Managing Director - South East Consortium

Marc joined the South East Consortium (SEC) as Managing Director in September 2015.

Marc provides strategic and operational leadership and management of all functions of SEC.

Marc graduated with a BA Hons in Marketing in 2008 and has since worked for registered providers of social housing in various operational roles. Most recently Marc was Customer Experience Manager at Optivo where he led the organisation to win local, national and global awards for complaint management.

Since joining SEC, Marc has led the organisation to be proactive in its reaction to changes in the social housing sector. This has seen framework usage and contract award value grow by more than 30% within 3 years. In addition to this SEC aren't just about frameworks and can now offer more support for customers with technical or specification requirements. SEC also delivers a growing suite of annual events including our new look Annual Conference.

Marc is passionate about creating truly brilliant places to work and really cares about the customer journey. Marc makes sure each SEC transaction focuses on ease, options and value for the customer. His vision is to continue developing our business and provide innovative and creative routes to market for our customers.