The board is responsible for setting Magna’s purpose and strategy. Magna maintains a register of interests, in which we record all interests declared by our board members. This is available for public inspection.
Mr Adam Peat OBE, Chairman
Adam Peat OBE was the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales from 2003 to 2008. He was a senior civil servant with the National Assembly for Wales from 1998 to 2003, having previously spent nine years as chief executive of Tai Cymru (the body funding and regulating the housing association movement in Wales).
Mr Asit Acharya
Asit has over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in local government and housing associations. He is a former chief officer in a combined housing and social services department in London. Some of Asit's other roles include managing director of ASRA (Greater London) housing association and service improvement director for the Guinness Trust and he has been a board member of several housing organisations. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has a postgraduate qualification in housing.
Mr Tim Ayre
Tim has run his own consultancy business for the last 10 years providing specialist investment advice to those involved in the commercial property sector. He qualified as a chartered surveyor and was formerly investment director of a large property company.
Mrs Debbie Bond
Debbie works in the family business, a long-established domestic appliance sales and repair shop in Bridport. She has previously worked in other retail, customer service and publishing roles. She has over 20 years’ experience of being a tenant of Magna Housing which gives her an insight into issues faced by tenants and puts her in a position to offer solutions based on actual experience. She has a degree in law from the Open University.
Mr Graham Clarke
Graham Clarke is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has over 20 years’ experience of operating at executive level for large and small organisations in the UK and overseas. He became finance director for Cornwall Hospice Care, a charitable organisation which provides hospice care across Cornwall, in September 2016. Prior to that, he spent five years as finance director for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK regulatory body for the accounting, auditing and actuarial professions.
Ms Phyllida Culpin
Phyllida Culpin has 20 years’ experience as a housing professional with a background in regeneration of large estates, community development, social cohesion and development of employment and training for residents. She was executive director of customer and community services at Yarlington Housing Group for four years and is passionate about involving residents and using customer insight to improve services and efficiency. Prior to working for Yarlington, Phyllida was with the Metropolitan Housing Trust in London for 13 years and includes campaigning for low cost housing and social inclusion among her personal interests.
Mr Ryan Gralia
Ryan graduated from Indiana University in the United States in 2008 with a degree in economics and has experience in corporate finance, accounting and early-stage investing. He is currently an investment associate at Systemiq, a hybrid advisory/investment firm focused on driving system change in energy, sustainable land use and the circular economy.
Ms Dawn Lang
Dawn Lang is currently schools business manager for the Isle of Wight Council.
She was previously director of finance and business services at UKSA, a charity based on the Isle of Wight. Prior to this she was chief executive at Homes in Sedgemoor and has a sound knowledge of housing associations, having held senior positions at Heart of England Housing Group, South Wight Housing Association and North Wiltshire Housing Association.
Dawn is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has been a board member for other housing organisations.
Dr David Penny
David has a scientific background and worked in the energy and defence sectors. He has experience of all aspects of business management including financial control, business development and staff recruitment.
Mrs Jill Williams
Jill is a law graduate and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, who has extensive experience of financial management and some legal experience in property matters. She worked 27 years for Pittards plc, a leather manufacturing company based in Yeovil since 1826, joining as finance and planning manager in 1989, and working her way through to company secretary, HR director and finance director. Jill is currently a non-executive director of Pittards and a generalist adviser for Citizens Advice Sedgemoor.