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Aquila Services Group is a multinational plc helping socially focused organisations develop responses to a changing world and make a positive difference to the communities in which they work. We work with clients across housing and regeneration, sport and education, charity and government sectors.

Aquila Services Group plc is incorporated in England and Wales and this is its main country of operations.

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Board of Directors

Derek Joseph


Derek is Chair of the Board of Aquila Services Group plc. He possesses a wealth of housing sector experience: prior to joining Altair, he was co-founder and Managing Director of HACAS Group plc, a successful quoted social housing consultancy that became a major subsidiary within Tribal Group, where he was Executive Director of Treasury Services. During his career, Derek has advised and project- managed for European governments and cities, UK government departments, local authorities, housing associations, commercial property companies, investors and financial institutions, in addition to structuring joint ventures for numerous organisations. He has also worked as both editor and guest editor of Social Housing Magazine. Derek now divides his time between several senior roles across multiple organisations and is a consultant on a number of major funding projects for affordable housing.

Dr Fiona Underwood

Executive Director CEO, Altair

Fiona’s experience is in building and running consultancy businesses, having previously led a large consulting business within a listed company. She is one of the founding directors of Altair and continues to work with clients across the housing sector. She is experienced in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, both in the private and the not-for-profit sector.

As Chief Executive of Altair and Group Managing Director, Fiona is a member of the Aquila Services Group Board and the Group Executive.

For a more detailed biography please see Fiona’s profile on the Altair site.

Claire Banks

Group Finance Director and Company Secretary

Claire is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and has significant accounting, finance and corporate experience within the consulting sector. She managers the accounting and corporate functions within the Group. Claire is also registered with the FCA and is the Compliance officer for Aquila Treasury and Finance Solutions Ltd.

Claire is also Group Company Secretary.

John Richard Wollenberg

Non-Executive Director

Mr Wollenberg is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Cardiff Property PLC, a quoted property investment and development company. Since his appointment in 1981 he has substantially increased the asset base of the company. Over the past 25 years he has been actively involved in numerous corporate acquisitions, mergers and capital reorganisations of public and private companies, very many of which were in the services sector. Between 1981 and 1996 he was an investment consultant with Brown Shipley Stockbroking Ltd. Mr Wollenberg has considerable experience and an excellent track record of admitting investment vehicles to the market and then negotiating successful Reverse Takeovers by them.

In 2015, as Chairman of General Industries Plc a cost shell, he negotiated the reverse acquisition of Altair which after two acquisitions was renamed Aquila Services Group Plc. He is a non executive Director of Aquila Group and a large shareholder.

Board Members responsibilities and information on Board Committees

The Board of Directors adopted the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code (QCA Code) in April 2021 as it is more in line with the size and nature of the Company and its subsidiaries (“the Group”).

The board continues to further develop the compliance around the code to: Deliver growth, maintain a dynamic management framework, and build trust.

The Board meets at least six times each financial year, with additional meetings when circumstances and urgent business dictate. At each meeting the Board reviews a schedule of matters reserved for the board.

The Aquila Group Board’s main role is:

  • To provide leadership for the Group
  • Overseeing the overall strategic development of the Group and approving the strategy to achieve the Groups strategic aims
  • Setting the Groups values and standards
  • Ensuring effective governance and risk management, and that the Groups businesses act ethically and that obligations to Shareholders are understood and met
  • Delegating the management of the day-to-day operation of the business to the subsidiary boards
  • The Chair will lead the Group Board and work in partnership with other board members, the Group Managing Director and subsidiary CEO’s to steer the strategic direction of the organisation
  • The Chair will add value to the Group by contributing their experience, expertise and insight in determining and upholding the Groups vision and strategy
  • The Chair will ensure effective governance of the Group and that it is compliant with regulation

Corporate Governance

The work of board composition, succession and evaluation is undertaken by the nominations committee. During the year 2021-22 the Board intend to review the composition of the Board which will include an evaluation and a plan for succession.

The Board meets at least six times each financial year with additional meetings when circumstances and urgent business dictates. At each meeting the Board reviews a schedule of matters reserved for the Board. Further information on the Groups strategy and objectives is details in the annual report. The Groups principal risks and uncertainties are also highlighted within the annual report.

Aquila Services Group PLC delisted from the London Stock Exchange on Friday 22 March 2024.

Any existing shareholder wanting to register a change in their holdings, or any person or organisation interested in purchasing any shares that become available should contact the Company Secretary on


Financial advisers

Beaumont Cornish Limited
Building 3, Chiswick Park
566 Chiswick High Road
W4 5YA
Tel: 0207 628 3396
Fax: 0207 628 3393


Blake and Morgan
One Central Square,Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Tel: 029 2068 6000
DX 33014 Cardiff

Independent Auditors

Crowe U.K. LLP
55 Judgate Hill,London, EC4M 7JW


Neville Registrars
Limited Neville House
Steelpark Road
Halesowen B62 8HD


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