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 £7.7 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)
A highly experienced Director and Chief Officer in the Registered Provider (Housing Associations) Charitable and Local Government Sectors, with wide ranging and detailed housing, asset management, development, financial and commercial experience gained in a career predominantly at a senior level spanning a period of more than 30 years. More recently a consultant specialising in change management, improving organisational performance, interim management roles and developing resident involvement opportunities. In a voluntary capacity has chaired the Board of a rural housing provider in Hampshire, former member of the Institute of Housing and has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree. (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)
Jas Chahal is an Executive and General Counsel with over 20 years of international corporate experience gained working in the UK and USA, managing global legal operations for renowned corporations. She served as Senior Vice President and Global General Counsel for IHS Markit Limited, a major global information services company, listed on NASDAQ. Jas led the global legal team, managing end to end legal affairs, advising and counselling the Executive and Business teams on strategic, operational, legal, compliance and corporate governance issues. Jas studied in London Universities gaining Masters of Law in Commercial and Corporate Law, and Bachelors of Law in Business Law. She is admitted to the Law Society in UK as a Solicitor. (2017)
David Robinson currently works for Evolve Housing + Support, a charity providing a range of services to homeless people, primarily in South London. As Head of Operations, he is responsible for the management of 700 units of supported accommodation for homeless people, spread across seven London boroughs. He has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 10 years, starting out as a volunteer at a local hospice. David has worked in a wide range of services for homeless people, including hostels for those with complex needs, including substance use and long-term mental health issues. In his spare time he likes to run and cycle. (2018)
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)
Chris is a very experienced IT and Telecoms Director of 30+ years across many different and challenging business sectors. This experience extends to managing complex contracts and budgets along with diverse teams and people across the world.
Chris brings this extensive experience to the Board of Active Prospects to help the organisation thrive and grow in a balanced and controlled fashion. (2018)
Mel Shad joined mcch at the end of February 2016 as mcch’s Executive Director of Mental Health. Following the recent partnership with Choice Support, Mel now heads up the mental health directorate for Partnership Support Group, in which mcch is a subsidiary charity. Before this, Mel worked for the national charity Turning Point, where she was Head of Business Development Mental Health. She has over 25 years’ experience working in the mental health and criminal justice field, and worked for many years as the national director for Mental Health at Carr Gomm. (2018)