Our Board

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.


Darren Galliford

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.


David Pike

is a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant.  He joined the Board in 2013.


Nick Yeo

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

A retired dentist who ran a large successful practice in Exeter and represented dentists at a local and national level.  He was appointed to the Board in October 2015


Phil Sweet

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.


Simon Harding

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.


Stephanie Henshaw

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.


Tom Woodman

Tom joined as Chief Executive in early 2020. He has extensive experience of the sector, having had a range of senior housing association roles. He has overall responsibility for operational delivery, organisational performance and setting strategic direction with the board.

Joanne Martin

Jo is an FCCA qualified accountant with 15 years’ experience in the both housing and commercial sector. Jo joined us in 2019 and has since been appointed as our deputy CEO. Jo is a solutions focus practitioner specialising in strategic planning, business transformation and change management. Jo and her team are responsible for our financial affairs as well as managing ICT, HR and regulation.

We welcome applications from anyone looking to contribute to Cornerstone as a voluntary board member. Interest should be addressed to the Chief Executive.