What we do

Our Leadership Team

Our executive team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, ensuring we achieve our aims and objectives.

Tina Barnard - Chief Executive

Tina Barnard - Chief Executive

Tina has been Chief Executive since we were formed in 2007. She is a qualified accountant who has been in the housing sector for 27 years, working as a Finance Director in three housing organisations – CHP, Worthing Homes and New Era – as well as a financial analyst at the Housing Corporation.

Tina has also been a Non-Executive Director for a number of housing and charitable organisations, and is currently on the Board of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

As Chief Executive, Tina has overall responsibility for delivering Watford Community Housing’s Business Plan by working closely with directors, managers and staff, including the Marketing and Communications team, who report directly to her. 

Paul Richmond - Deputy Chief Executive

Paul Richmond - Deputy Chief Executive

Paul is a qualified accountant who has completed an MBA at Cranfield. He worked in the financial services sector for 15 years, and has extensive experience in strategic planning, risk management, and ensuring the commercial success and viability of organisations.

As Deputy Chief Executive, he is responsible for ensuring we have the right resources to meet our ambitious goals. This includes delivering strong financial performance and ensuring we have the treasury facilities in place to support our growth, as well as leading our IT team on its digital transformation strategy and our HR team on making Watford Community Housing an even greater place to work. He is also responsible for ensuring the highest standards in both corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Julie Wittich - Interim Group Director of Operations

Julie Wittich - Interim Group Director of Operations

Julie has extensive experience in the social housing sector as an Operations and Board Director, having held the roles of Executive Director of Assets, Executive Director of Service Delivery and Head of Property Services for Bedfordshire-based housing association bpha. 

She currently oversees all our customer-facing services, including responsive repairs, asset management, community investment, customer contact, estate services, tenancy management and income collection on an interim basis.

Gareth Lewis - Group Director of Partnerships

Gareth Lewis - Group Director of Partnerships

Gareth has spent his entire career in social housing, having been Development Director for both Orbit Housing Group and Housing 21, as well as spending 15 years in consultancy.

Gareth has also served on the boards of housing associations and social enterprises, and presently chairs the Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce.

As Group Director of Partnerships, Gareth oversees our development activity as we work to deliver desperately needed new homes to help alleviate the housing shortage.

He is also responsible for maximising opportunities to collaborate and improve our service delivery, together with offering our services to others.