Management Team

Christine Candlish - Managing Director

Christine joined the Association in September 2019 from Victory Housing Trust in North Norfolk, where she held a number of positions including Housing Director and, latterly, Managing Director. Christine has over 28 years’ experience in social housing; she has held several strategic and operational roles for social housing providers across the country, including the Hyde Group in London. For the past 20 years, she has also been a School Governor/Trustee of an Academy Trust.



Barbara Matthews - Finance and Resources Director.

Barbara joined the Association in November 2020. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and has a degree in Computer Science. Barbara began her career as a trainee accountant in a large electronics group, where she progressed to the positions of Financial Controller. She gained experience in a number of the group’s manufacturing companies including military radio communications, industrial tape recording, local and wide area network systems and early imaging systems.

Barbara joined a fast growing care consortium as Finance Director in 1993 and a moved on to a motor vehicle research company before moving to Shaftesbury Housing Group in 2005. She has held the Finance Director role in a number of social housing providers including Hanover Housing Group and Aldwyck Housing Group, a large tenant management company and a number of smaller housing associations.