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Andrea Smith B.Sc (Hons), Dip.Arch, RIBA

Chair of the Ocean Housing Board, Board member of OHGL and member of GARAC

Recently retired from a senior executive role as Director of Development and New Business. Has led large development programmes including joint ventures and now runs her own consultancy business specialising in interim management.

Karen Littler

Board member of OHL

Karen is a Senior Teaching Assistant in a local primary school and a Tenant Representative.

Ocean Housing Rachel Bayliss

Rachel Bayliss BSocSc (Hons), FCA

Member of GARAC

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London before taking on roles as Group FC & Company Secretary of a FTSE 250 PLC and FD of a Charity. Rachel now specialises in strategy and governance, and is Clerk to the Governors at Truro School. She also volunteers on the Committee of the annual Cornwall Christmas Fair, supporting the Cornwall Community Foundation.

Louise Barnden MCIH, MA, BA

Board member of OHL and member of Group Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee (GARAC)

Recently retired from a career in social housing spanning 34 years, including positions as Director of the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru, Chief Executive of three housing associations and 6 years as a freelance housing consultant.

Chris Grose MCMI


Chris heads up the Housing Advisory Service for Capsticks LLP, providing a range of training and business solutions to help improve housing practice. Chris specialises in ASB, Safeguarding Adults and Children, and general housing management.

Frances Turner BA(Hons) MCIH

Managing Director Ocean Housing Ltd

Frances graduated from the University of the West of England in 1990 with a degree in Housing Studies. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Frances has worked in social housing for over 25 years.

Frances was formerly Chief Housing Officer and Corporate Management Team member for Carrick District Council, Cornwall (2000 – 2004), moving to become Assistant Director of Housing and Regeneration at Plymouth City Council (2005 – 2009).

Frances was appointed Managing Director of Ocean Housing Ltd in 2009.

Mark Gardner MA, FCIH

Group Chief Executive

Mark began his housing career in 1983 as a Trainee Housing Manager in local local government.

In 1993 he was appointed the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Director in Wales and the South West of England.

He was appointed Chief Executive of Eastern Valley Housing Association in 1995 and led a merger to create Melin Homes, becoming its first Chief Executive in 2007.

Mark joined Ocean Housing as its Group Chief Executive on 1 November 2016.

“Ocean exists for a social purpose to provide homes for people that need them…”

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