Sanctuary has a group structure, in which Sanctuary Housing Association is the parent company with a number of subsidiary operations within its control.

Sanctuary Housing Association, as a registered provider, is responsible for regulatory compliance.

Sanctuary’s Group Board comprises up to seven non-executive members, the Group Chief Executive, David Bennett, and up to three co-opted members. The Group Board oversees all of the activities undertaken by the organisation: affordable housing, care, development and commercial services.

The Group Board’s primary role is to define and ensure compliance with Sanctuary’s values and objectives. It agrees the strategic direction of the organisation and makes sure that policies and plans are in place to achieve those objectives. It also establishes and oversees a framework of delegation and systems of control.

The Group Board members

Jonathan Lander, Group Chair at Sanctuary Group.

Jonathan Lander

BSc (Hons), FCA

Group Chair

Jonathan Lander retired as a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in 2008, having been with the organisation for over 30 years. At PwC Jonathan was lead assurance engagement partner to public companies, large private and private equity backed companies and businesses with overseas ownership, as well as being a Midlands Leadership team member responsible for strategy, marketing, communications and business development.

I am passionate about ensuring Sanctuary Group delivers its charitable objectives of providing housing and care to those who need it.

David Bennett, Group Chief Executive at Sanctuary Group.

David Bennett


Group Chief Executive

David Bennett is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience in the housing association sector. He has been the Group Chief Executive of Sanctuary since 1992. Prior to joining Sanctuary in 1990, he held senior finance positions in the commercial sector. David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015 for services to social housing.

Robert McComb, Group Vice Chair & Chair of Remuneration Committee at Sanctuary Group.

Robert McComb


Group Vice Chair & Chair of Remuneration Committee

Robert McComb is a retired investment banker with experience in treasury, structured and asset finance, and debt capital markets. Prior to retiring from Dresdner Kleinwort in 2007, Robert was treasurer of the bank’s $36bn structured credit fund, issuing bonds to investors worldwide. He was a senior member of the bank’s structured finance group, with specific responsibility for structured finance in France.

Since retiring, Robert has been a non-executive chair of a venture capital funded hospitality business and a board member of a small north London housing association. He continues to take a close interest in the financial markets.

Trudi Elliott CBE

Trudi Elliott

CBE, BSc Econ (Law and Econs)

Chair of Group Housing Committee

Trudi Elliott is a Chartered Town Planner and formerly a practicing solicitor. Trudi is currently Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the largest professional institute for planners in Europe, where she manages a team of approximately 80 staff, advises on various boards and committees, and leads on policy development. Prior to this Trudi was Director at the Government Office for the West Midlands; Chief Executive of West Midlands Regional Assembly (Regional Planning Body); Director of Local Government Practice (West Midlands); and Chief Executive of Bridgnorth District Council.

Trudi has considerable experience across the civil service, local Government, charity and private sector, and she has a strong track record of partnership working and delivery.

Trudi is an experienced non-executive board member. She is a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government Planning Sounding Board; she is on the Chartered Institute of Housing’s steering group looking at the future of social housing; and she sits on a number of committees at the University of Warwick. Trudi also speaks and writes extensively on planning, housing, sustainability and the built environment.

Thelma Stober, Group Board Member at Sanctuary Group.

Thelma Stober

BA (Hons) Law, CEDR Accredited Mediator

Group Board Member

Thelma Stober is a Senior Public Sector Solicitor and Mediator. She is currently the Corporate Legal Adviser to the Local Government Association and its associated companies, where she delivers legal advice and company secretarial support on all aspects of law relating to public, administrative, constitutional, company, commercial, local government and corporate governance. Thelma is also a Lay Member of Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group and chair of its Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee.

Prior to her present role, Thelma was Director of Corporate Law and Governance and Board Secretary at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and, before that, Director of Legal and Procurement and Monitoring Officer at the Greater London Authority and the London Development Agency.

Elwyn Roberts, Chair of Group Audit and Risk Committee at Sanctuary Group.

Elwyn Roberts


Chair of Group Audit and Risk Committee

Elwyn Roberts is an engineering graduate and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in Cardiff. He became a partner in the audit and assurance business of PwC in 1990 and retired from the organisation in December 2011.

While at PwC, Elwyn was involved in developing the firm’s housing association portfolio in Wales and the South West. He also advised a range of organisations in the charity sector, including the Aberfan Disaster Fund, and was appointed to the Charity Commission’s national working party for the development of the 2000 SORP (accounting guidance for charities) in 1999.

During his time with PwC in Birmingham, Elwyn was responsible for developing and leading the firm’s Risk Assurance practice in the Midlands.  Focusing on governance, risk and control, he advised clients in both the private and public sector on Corporate Governance and Risk Management.

Dr Gareth Tuckwell, Group Board Member at Sanctuary Group.

Dr Gareth Tuckwell

Dip. Pall.Med (Univ of Wales), MRCGP

Group Board Member

Gareth Tuckwell brings many years of experience in clinical leadership, care delivery and clinical governance to the Group. Gareth was Chief Executive Officer of Burrswood Hospital, Kent, from 2007 for a five-year term, Clinical Director of Hospice in the Weald from 2003 to 2007, and Regional Director of Macmillan Cancer Support from 2000 to 2003.

Gareth was a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support from 2003 to 2013 and a Trustee and subsequently chairman of Friends of Vellore (UK) from 2011 to 2016. Gareth was also Medical Director of Burrswood Hospital from 1986 to 1999.

He is a Vice-President of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care and, from 2017, is Chair of The M.E. Trust.

Denise Plumpton, Group Board Member at Sanctuary Group.

Denise Plumpton

BSc (Hons), CERTIoD

Group Board Member

Denise Plumpton is currently Vice-Chair at Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group and a Non-Executive Advisor to Centro (Network West Midlands) for their Smart Ticketing Programme. Denise is also an active member of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2010 Denise has worked as an Independent Strategic Consultant advising and directing companies to improve their performance, in particular focusing on developing and delivering strategy, and enhancing customer service and process efficiency. Prior to this, Denise was Director of Information at the Highways Agency; IT Director at Sendo Group; Group IT Director at TNT UK & Ireland; and Chief Information Officer/Director for Powergen Plc.

Craig Moule, Chief Financial Officer and Co-opted Board Member at Sanctuary Group.

Craig Moule

BSc (Hons)

Chief Financial Officer & Co-opted Board Member

Craig Moule joined Sanctuary in 1989 from Coopers & Lybrand. He is responsible for finance and resources including financial strategy, treasury and risk, information systems, business information, procurement, asset management, and the Shared Service Centre.

Craig manages Sanctuary’s relationships with investors, bankers, internal and external auditors, and the rating agencies Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service. In addition Craig leads on negotiations of complex commercial deals including raising private finance.

Committee members

View the Group Board summary table below to find out which members sit on each committee.

Membership details

Group Board

Group Audit and Risk Committee

Group Housing Committee

Nominations Committee

Remuneration Committee

Succession Planning Committee

Jonathan Lander* Chair - - Chair - Chair
David Bennett tick mark representing yes - - Lead officer Lead officer Lead officer
Robert McComb Vice chair tick mark representing yes - tick mark representing yes Chair tick mark representing yes
Trudi Elliott tick mark representing yes - Chair tick mark representing yes - tick mark representing yes
Thelma Stober tick mark representing yes - tick mark representing yes tick mark representing yes tick mark representing yes tick mark representing yes
Elwyn Roberts tick mark representing yes Chair - tick mark representing yes tick mark representing yes tick mark representing yes
Gareth Tuckwell tick mark representing yes - - tick mark representing yes - tick mark representing yes
Denise Plumpton tick mark representing yes tick mark representing yes - tick mark representing yes - tick mark representing yes
Craig Moule tick mark representing yes Lead officer - - - -

*As Group Chair, Jonathan Lander is an ex-officio member of all committees of the Board.