The Whiteley Homes Trust is managed by the Leadership Team, composed of the Chief Executive and senior managers.
Our Trustees and Leadership Team work collaboratively to sustain Whiteley’s thriving community, to provide outstanding accommodation and care, and to develop and share our success, so more older people can live happy and fulfilling lives.
If you are interested in working or volunteering at Whiteley Village, please visit the ‘Working at Whiteley’ section of our website.
Chandra McGowan – Chief Executive
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Oxford and worked for many years in services for people with Learning Disabilities. This was through a period of change in the 1980/90s that saw the closure of long stay institutions and new opportunities for integration into community living. What I saw in terms of transformed lives inspired me to study for an MSc in Social Policy. I then took on a variety of roles in strategic planning, development and commissioning for Social Services, the NHS and briefly the Audit Commission.
During this time I was also a trustee on the Board of Surrey Community Action, an infrastructure organisation supporting the voluntary sector.
I moved fully into the Voluntary Sector when appointed Operations Director at Enham Trust, a provider of services to people with disabilities, in August 2010. There I had responsibility for operational service delivery of care, support, housing, employment, learning, information, advice and guidance services, volunteering and business development.
Whilst at Enham I was also appointed the Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement to the Board of the new Clinical Commisioning Group where I live.
My job a Whiteley allows me to bring my passion for social justice, empowerment and connection, to the lives of the older people of limited means that we support.
Katherine Sargent – Director of People and Transformation
I started my HR career with Marks and Spencer via their Management Trainee programme and went on to work for them for 12 years in various roles, progressing from a Regional HR Manager, to HR employment policy lead and Head of HR for the Change Programme.
I left M&S after having my second child and worked as a freelance trainer for a few years before setting up my own HR consultancy business in 2006, working for SMEs with no HR department on all things people and learning, ranging from policy development, line management training, disciplinary advice and general employment guidance and support.
Whiteley Homes Trust was, at the time one of my clients, but as my involvement with the Trust expanded I formally joined the Leadership Team in 2016 to lead the People and Learning Team, as well as head up their exciting new transition programme.
Hardeep Singh – Director of Finance & IT
With over 10 years’ experience in finance, I have worked with the European Commission, UN and World Bank providing audit and consultancy services. I have also spent time working with a variety of third sector organisations, travelling to see local projects in areas such as Malawi, Botswana and St. Helena, working to improve and develop financial and governance systems.
I was formerly the Head of Finance and Administration of an International NGO, operating across Africa, Asia and Latin America, responsible for all financial and corporate services functions.
I am looking forward to further enhancing the financial planning, utilisation and reporting as Whiteley Village goes through the significant changes under the Whiteley futures programme.
My passion is travelling and exploring the world, having spent time visiting Africa, South East Asia and South America. Whilst travelling in South America, I also spent a month volunteering in the Amazon, with an ecotourism organisation that sought to educate visitors on the local environment.