Affordable Housing Communities Limited

Affordable Housing Communities Limited (AHCL) is a registered provider of social housing (reg. no 4836). We’re regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) and follow the principles set out in their Regulatory Framework and standards, which includes the regulation of our rents and fees.

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The standards are integral to what we do and how we deliver our mission to make retirement living affordable to all.
Trust and transparency mean everything to us.

Meet the Board


Harry Samuel
Chief Executive

Harry brings significant banking and capital markets expertise to AHH, previously as CEO of Royal Bank of Canada Investor and Treasury Services, which he established in 2013. Prior to this, Harry was CEO for RBC Capital Markets in Europe and Global Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities.

Tony Sportswood

Tony Spotswood

Tony has notable public sector expertise, previously as CEO for Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for 19 years. Tony has shaped NHS plans and policies, leading implementation of system-based working at national and regional level to establish Dorset as England’s most advanced integrated care system.

During his career Tony has shaped and led the implementation of NHS plans and policies at a national, regional and local level and has led the development of system-based working establishing Dorset as the most advanced integrated care system in England.

Tony was Chair of the National Institute for Health Research (Wessex) 2015-2018 and Chair of Health Education England’s Operational Board (Wessex) 2016-2018.

Jonathan Bridgland

Jon Bridgland
Independent Director

Jon joined the Board of Affordable Housing Communities Limited in December 2018 with a 40-year general management career linked to the third sector. This included a vital role as Business Services Manager at the RNLI in Poole with responsibility for four departments covering a variety of business support services.

Previously he had over 20 years’ experience, including at board level at Andrews and Partners, including business performance, training and compliance. He has also been a Trustee at three charitable trusts including a chairmanship.
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Arlene Keenan
Chief Financial Officer

Arlene joined AHH Group as Group CFO in 2015 following 16 years at Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, where she worked across a number of their businesses in the UK and overseas.

Most recently she was COO/CFO for their Capital Markets Group. Prior to that she was an Audit Manager at KPMG in London, focusing on financial clients. Arlene is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Institute of Taxation.
Mike Woods

Mike Woods
Non-Executive Director

A successful owner manager of a training and consulting business specialising in design development and delivery of qualification aligned materials management, supply chain management and procurement training programmes delivered on an in-company basis to large multi-nationals.

Now retired and currently acting as a social entrepreneur, leading a small team of like-minded individuals on projects in support the economic viability of North Dorset market town, Sturminster Newton.
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Julie White

Non-Executive Director

Julie  Barnett White is a chartered surveyor with experience in development, construction and property management across the private and public sectors.

She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Building and a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Julie is a former housing association Chief Executive  and co-founder of the new rent-to-own tenure Rentplus.

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