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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Civitas Social Housing PLC board is comprised of members with decades of experience in the investment industry, social housing, Local Authorities and finance sector. The four Directors are responsible for the overall management and supervision of the company and determine the investment objectives and policies for the year ahead.

The Board is also responsible for risk management, including financial, operational and compliance. There are regular reviews of the effectiveness of systems in place and they maintain overall control of any changes to the capital, corporate or management structure of the Company.

Michael Wrobel

Independent non-executive Chairman
Michael Wrobel

Michael Wrobel

Independent non-executive Chairman

Michael Wrobel has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. He is the non-executive Chairman of Diverse Income Trust PLC. He serves as a trus­tee director of the BAT UK Pension Fund and Chair of its Investment and Funding Committee. He is also the Chairman of trustees of the Thorntons Pensions Scheme, a trustee of the Cooper Gay (Holdings) Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme and acts as an investment advisor to a number of Rio Tinto pension schemes. Formerly, he was a non-executive director of JPMorgan European Smaller Companies Trust PLC and NatWest Smaller Companies PLC. He has served as a director of the Association of Investment Companies and Investment Management Association. He previously worked at Morgan Grenfell, Fidelity International, Gartmore Investment Manage­ment and F&C Management. Michael has an M.A. in Economics from Cambridge University.

Alastair Moss

Independent non-executive director
Alastair Moss

Alastair Moss

Independent non-executive director

Alastair is a property development lawyer with over 20 years’ experience and Partner at Memery Crystal LLP. He is a non-executive director of Notting Hill Housing Group and is a member of their Audit and Treasury Committees. He has been a board member of Soho Housing Association and was a member of the Area Board of CityWest Homes. He was a Councillor at Westminster City Council for 12 years, including his tenure as Chairman of the Planning & City Development Committee. Alastair is the Chairman of the Investment Committee of the City of London Corporation and its Property Investment Board. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the City’s Planning and Transportation Committee. He is a Trustee of Marshall’s Charity and a mentor to commercial directors in government departments.

Peter Baxter

Independent non-executive director
Peter Baxter

Peter Baxter

Independent non-executive director

Peter Baxter has 28 years of experience in the investment management industry. He is a non-executive director of BlackRock Greater European Investment Trust plc and is a member of the Conduct Committee of the Financial Reporting Council. He is also a board member and chair of the investment committee for Trust for London, a charitable foundation. In the past, Peter served as Chief Executive of Old Mutual Asset Managers (UK) Ltd, and has worked for Schroders and Hill Samuel in a variety of investment roles. Peter holds an MBA from London Business School and is an associate of the Society of Investment Professionals.

Caroline Gulliver

Independent non-executive director
Caroline Gulliver

Caroline Gulliver

Independent non-executive director

Caroline is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience at Ernst & Young LLP, latterly as an executive director before leaving in 2012. During that time, she specialised in the asset management sector and developed an extensive experience of investment trusts and was a member of The Association of Investment Companies’ Technical Committee. She is also a non-executive director and audit committee chair for JP Morgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust plc and International Biotechnology Trust plc. She has also been a member of the AIC SORP working party for the revision to the 2009 investment trust SORP.

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