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Sarah Smith

Chief Financial Officer, Southern Housing UK

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Sarah started her career as an external auditor with BDO Stoy Hayward. Specialising in social housing she moved to KPMG.  She moved on to London & Quadrant Group and then to Amicus Horizon (now Southern Housing following two mergers) in 2009.


Her responsibilities include:

  • Governance including managing the relationship with the Regulator of Social Housing

  • Internal audit, risk management & assurance

  • Financial services

  • Procurement

  • Pensions. 

She has led on the due diligence for seven successful mergers & acquisitions in social housing during her career, the most recent one completing in December 2022.  Sarah currently sits on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) social housing sub-committee and the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) Finance & Policy Advisory Group.  She has previously chaired the g15 Finance Directors’ Group and was Vice Chair of the NHF’s SORP Working Party up until 2020.  She is a non-executive Board member at Dolphin Square Foundation and Reall Limited (a charity who’s aim is to provide climate-smart affordable homes in urban Africa and Asia) where she also chairs the Audit Committee.  Sarah is also a member of the Sustainability for Housing Board.

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