Sarah Smith

Role: Chief Financial Officer

image: Sarah SmithSarah Smith is Chief Financial Officer of Optivo.  Prior to the creation of Optivo in 2017 she was AmicusHorizon’s Executive Director, Finance & Resources.   
 
Sarah has worked with and in the housing association sector since 1988.  Before joining AmicusHorizon, Sarah spent eight years as Director of Financial Services at London & Quadrant Housing Trust.  She began her career as an external auditor with BDO.  Having progressed to a managerial position she moved to KPMG in 1998 to provide audit, mergers and acquisitions, and financial planning services principally to the housing association sector.
 
Sarah was Chair of the G15 FDs’ group between 2017-19. She is Vice Chair of the National Housing Federation's SORP working party. She sits on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) social housing sub-committee. 

She retired from the Board of Lewisham Homes in October 2019 having served for 10 years, where for the last two years she also chaired the Audit & Risk Committee. She is a Board member of the Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation

Sarah won a joint award in July 2016 for 'Finance Director of the Year' and 'Overall Winner' at the Housing Association National Accountancy (HANA) Awards.  Her teams have also won a number of other HANA awards including Treasury Team of the year and Overall winner in 2018.
 

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