Board Members who are Independents



Ann Lucas

Ann has spent the last 10 years working almost exclusively in social housing, primarily ALMOs, and has been a Board member of a range of social housing organisations since 1992, including as Chair of Homes for Islington. Through her background as an accountant and consultant, and her 20 years as a Board Member, she has developed a good understanding of the social housing sector, particularly Council Housing and ALMOs, including the legal, financial and operational context.  As a Tower Hamlets resident, Ann is looking forward to using her expertise to help THH continue to improve.

Caroline Compton-James
Caroline Compton-James joined Osborne Ltd in September 2015, and is Director of Strategy and Communication (Construction). Prior to this she worked for the Cabinet Office, part of the team responsible for delivering the Government Construction Strategy. For 14 years prior to this she worked in the Affordable Housing sector. She places great value in public service. Caroline is Deputy Chairman of The Housing Forum and is a member of the CBI London Regional Council.


Andrew Bond
Andrew is a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants, where he is responsible for audits for a portfolio for of registered providers, and thus brings to the Board strong financial skills. He also has Board experience, through a number of earlier non-executive roles.


Safia Jama
Safia has worked in Tower Hamlets for over 15 years as a community activist, she is the founder and Director of Somali Integration Team. She is a member of the “Women’s stakeholders” Scotland Yard, supporting the police to understand the needs and barriers that hard to reach communities face by creating strong partnerships to achieve community safety. Safia is also a part of a women’s network, which aims to empower and support all women regardless of individuality, to work together and lobby for the rights and concerns of local women. Safia is a member of a Mental Health Forum, her role involves overseeing and ensuring that services meet the needs of  the Somali community.