Stephen Bull

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Stephen Bull joined Campbell Tickell as a Senior Consultant in February 2016.

Stephen is an authority on housing governance having been working in the affordable housing sector for 20 years. At the Housing Corporation (now the HCA) he was responsible for the regulation of over 200 organizations of all sizes and complexity including those embarking on the LSVT journey and those who were encountering difficulties in their governance and financial stability. As Head of Governance at the National Housing Federation Stephen has provided practical advice and policy guidance on governance issues as diverse as organizational governance structures, board appraisals, board recruitment and payment, regulation issues, mergers and the setting up of commercial subsidiaries – what structure is best, tax and liability implications to protect the stability and viability of the parent organization. He is familiar with the pros and cons of different legal entities, be it community benefit organizations, charities, charitable incorporated organizations and limited companies.

Stephen has been instrumental in ensuring the housing association sector has access to up to date governance documents. He has been directly involved in the production of up to date ‘Model Rules’ for community benefit societies as well as the NHF Codes of Conduct (2010 and 2012) and Governance (2004, 2010 and 2015 editions) and ensures that there is adequate consultation and read across to other relevant documents including constitutions and regulatory frameworks. He has commissioned and been instrumental in the content of publications on board payment, risk, merger and group structures code and has produced short reports on board payments, LSVT structural change and the difference between constitutional set ups. He is familiar with a wide range of codes and good practice documents from other sectors so has a comprehensive knowledge of governance issues and what good looks like!

Stephen is an accomplished public speaker and has given presentations at many conferences for housing associations, charities, school governors and young leaders. He has facilitated board awaydays and helped boards to focus on the big picture and have the strategic conversations.

He has sat on the NCVO Governance Hub advisory group and ACEVO sponsored commission of Inquiry – Chief Executives on Governance. He is a chartered company secretary and acted as the Company Secretary for the National Housing Federation carrying out a range of duties to ensure the organization was properly governed and compliant with its legal obligations. He has been a stalwart of the company secretaries forum and set up and was in charge of, the NHF Company Secretaries conference which has grown over the years to be a highly successful commercial venture with excellent attendance, speakers and feedback. Before working in the affordable housing sector he was an auditor at the National Audit Office.

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