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.
Christine Turner, Chair
Christine has over 35 years’ experience in social housing in various roles including as a senior executive, a board member and as a regulator.
She is currently chair for Rosebery Housing Association, based in Epsom, and will continue in this role whilst also working as chair for Magna.
Christine is particularly interested in the provision of housing to meet a wide range of needs and which support social regeneration. She has championed customer involvement and standards of service delivery. Her expertise also encompasses development and low cost home ownership.
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.
Mrs Debbie Bond
Debbie works in the family business, a long-established domestic appliance sales and repair shop in Bridport. She is currently Secretary and VP of Bridport Business Chamber of Trade and Commerce and has just become a founder director of Energy Local Bridport, a first-of-its-kind initiative helping people to benefit from the green electricity generated locally. 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 is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and has many years’ experience of operating at executive level for large and small organisations in the UK and overseas. In his early career he held finance positions at Imperial Tobacco, Kraft Foods and Group 4. He became Finance Director for Cornwall Hospice Care in September 2016. Prior to that, he spent five years in a similar position at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK regulatory body for the accounting, auditing and actuarial professions, based in Central London.
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.
Ms Dawn Lang
Dawn Lang is currently housing delivery programme manager for the Isle of Wight Council.
She was previously schools business manager for the Isle of Wight Council and 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.
Suzanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Oxford. She began her career in the acute hospital sector, moving to practice in community services where she gained her first general management role.
Suzanne was the first Allied Health Professional (AHP) to hold a substantive Director of Nursing post in both providing and commissioning organisations. She became the Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust, where a particular highlight was having leadership responsibility for delivering health resilience and health ‘blue light’ services during the Olympic sailing events held in Dorset in 2012. She subsequently gained authorisation for a large Clinical Commissioning Group, before moving to her current post with NHS England.
She was appointed as Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for England in September 2014.
Her vision to utilise crowdsourcing in the development of the strategy AHPs into Action (NHS England, 2017) has been recognised as ground breaking in policy development.
Since her mid-twenties Suzanne has held non-executive portfolios outside of the NHS, including audit committee chair roles, predominantly in the housing and charitable sector. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.”
Alistair has over 20 years’ multi-disciplined experience in strategic management, business and relationship development and executive leadership. Graduating with a degree in business administration, he spent the first 10 years of his career in the telecoms industry working for both US & Swedish operators. Since then Alistair has worked in the UK and international property sector with extensive experience in property management.
Alistair is passionate about affordable housing and was a non-executive director and chair of Wokingham Housing Limited (WHL), an affordable and market housing provider in Wokingham, Berkshire. During his tenure, WHL developed and delivered one quarter of all affordable houses within the Borough.
Alistair served as an elected Councillor with Wokingham Borough Council between 2007 and 2019.