The board oversee our performance and are responsible for setting our strategic direction. They work to ensure we achieve high standards of quality, care and value for money.
Peter Heron, Chair
joined the Board in 2010 bringing with him 45 years’ experience as a civil engineer in the construction industry. He has recently retired after employment with Kier, involving management of the local trunk road network for Highways England.
joined the Board in 2014. He has been a GP in Topsham for the last 28 years and brings his general practice experience to the Board.
joined Cornerstone in 2005 as Head of Finance and Resources. He is a Chartered Accountant with previous experience of working within both public and private sectors. In 2007 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive and supports Rick in the general running of the organisation as well as overseeing the Finance and Resources section.
is the Branch Manager of Handelsbanken in Exeter and has over 30 years’ experience in Banking, predominantly working with small and medium enterprises and real estate businesses across the South West. He joined the Board in February 2015.
was a property law partner in a national law firm for 20 years, before setting up his own project management and consultancy company.
is a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant. He joined the Board in 2013.
is part of the Exeter based property company Eagle One and is a Director of their retirement housing company, Blue Cedar Homes. Nick has a breadth of experience within the development industry across the South West of England.
Peter Howard-Williams, Vice Chair
was a dentist in Exeter for 37 years and still chairs the NHS Local Professional Network. He has also been heavily involved in dental training. He was appointed to the Board in October 2015.
has worked in social housing for over 20 years, including positions with a number of housing associations and local authorities, plus the Housing Corporation and the Audit Commission. Phil has run his own Training & Management Consultancy business since 2011.
is a partner at Stephens Scown solicitors specialising in strategic development, land acquisition and development work for both landowners and developers. He joined the Board in November 2014.
is a Corporate Audit Partner at Francis Clark based in Exeter with over 20 years’ experience. Stephanie delivers assurance, corporate governance and advisory services, as well as having overall responsibility for Standards, including audit and financial reporting.
joined Cornerstone as a Housing Manager in 1985. Rick was appointed Chief Executive in 1993 and is responsible to the Board for the effective leadership and performance of Cornerstone and has executive responsibility for the day-to-day operations.
We welcome applications from anyone looking to contribute to Cornerstone as a voluntary board member. Interest should be addressed to the Chief Executive.