Meet our Board
Active Prospects is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, with charitable status. Our turnover is £10 million a year and we have a strong portfolio of properties, largely owned but also rented in partnership with housing associations and private landlords.
We are commissioned primarily by Surrey County Council, but also by Croydon Borough Council and a number of other London Boroughs; West Sussex County Council and health trusts as well as people paying directly for services.
In 2016 in conjunction with our Pro-Active Committee we updated our name from Prospect Housing and Support Services to reflect a more proactive approach, with a new strategy and service offers and became Active Prospects.
We are led by a voluntary Management Board which meets quarterly, with a number of supporting Sub-Committees covering quality, audit and risk, and remuneration. Our governance terms of reference are available on request from .
Our Board takes overall responsibility for how Active Prospects is run. They decide on policies and strategic direction, monitor performance and approve our annual budgets and accounts.
Each member’s year of joining the Board is shown in brackets.
Chair of Active Prospects. Owen Vallis has spent over ten years as a risk management expert in the financial services sector. During that time, Owen has held positions at a number of major financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan, and is currently UK Head of Fiduciary Risk Management for Credit Suisse. Owen also serves as a Non-executive member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Children’s Commissioner’s Office. (2017)
Tracey Barney MCIPD
With 30 years of commercial experience in the food and drink sector, from 2010 to 2016 as the Managing Director of a successful Dairy business operating in the UK and Ireland. Currently working with small to medium size businesses to develop their talented teams and to support them where needed with practical employment law advice. Also a CIPD Mentor dedicated to helping CIPD members identify areas for personal growth through constructive challenge, breaking down barriers, helping view work place situations differently and putting in place bespoke development plans. Member of the Welfare Strategy Group of GroceryAid. (2016)
Over 26 years’ experience of delivering and improving services across private, public and third sector settings and with a track record of successful business transformation and sector leading performance while identifying and utilising commercial opportunity and growth. Spent a number of years as an executive director at CityWest Homes where he led a change programme which rapidly increased customer satisfaction and business performance, and was recognised nationally for its achievements. (2016)
Edward Cooke (BSc FCMA CGMA)
Formerly a businessman, with a professional background in accounting and management consultancy, and experience of a wide-range of business sectors. Since retiring has been a NED of a local NHS Acute Care Trust and a school governor. Currently assists three local charities, advising on finance and risk management. (2016)
Ian qualified as a social worker in 1988. He has worked across a number of London authorities, mainly in the fields of looked after children, fostering and adoption. He spent a number of years working as a senior leader in Children’s Social Care. For the past year, Ian has been working as an independent social work consultant. He has a part time role as National Children’s Services Adviser for Child Mental Health, working in NHS England. (2018)
Mike Clinton is a qualified social worker and has worked for over thirty years in social care. He is a former director of the Surrey based charity SeeAbility. He currently works as an Independent Social Worker, offering market management support to NHS and local authority commissioners. (2018)
Lisa is an experienced communication and marketing professional and has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years. She is experienced in digital, branding and crisis communications. Lisa is currently Director of Communications at Optivo and serves as a Non-Executive Board Member for Mount Green Housing Association and Chair of the National Housing Federation London Communications Network.
Raj has over 30 years of experience in IT across a variety of industries, both public and private. Currently working as a Senior advisor to growth stage start-ups scaling internationally into the UK & Europe, providing product development advice and project management expertise. Raj spent the last 15 years as Head of IT for global organisations, working in the US, Africa & UAE. He has a successful track record in delivering strategy, companywide transformation and global projects.
Amanda has a professional background in Education and Training. She has worked in a variety of educational and professional settings including; Adult, Community, Further, and Higher Education. She specialises in working with marginalised and under-represented learners and currently works in the charity/not-for-profit sectors providing advice, consultancy, and mentoring. Since 2018 she has worked closely with Initiatives of Change UK, supporting the Refugees as Rebuilders Faculty in designing and developing an innovative and progressive curriculum for settled refugees. She also co-ordinates IofC’s Womens’ Empowerment Network.
Amanda is additionally a Trustee for CoDa; a dance company providing tuition and choreography to people with neuro-disabilities. She has a wide volunteer portfolio which includes national and international programmes supporting sustainable development, galleries, museums and social enterprises. Her academic research is based in the field of Social Justice, Health and Wellbeing in Education.
Janet qualified as a solicitor in 1989 working in the City of London, specialising in commercial real estate and general commercial law. Janet is now an experienced Trustee working in the voluntary sector. She was a Trustee and Chair of an early years family support charity in East Surrey for 6 years. Currently, Janet is a Trustee with Tandridge Voluntary Action supporting the voluntary, community and faith sector in East Surrey.