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Sarah Smith

Chief Financial Officer, Optivo

Sarah has worked with and in the housing association sector since 1988.  She is a chartered accountant starting her career with BDO before moving on to KPMG. Prior to joining Optivo, Sarah spent eight years as Director of Financial Services at L&Q Housing Trust. She joined AmicusHorizon in 2009, which then merged to become Optivo.

Sarah is a member of the National Housing Federation’s Finance & Policy Advisory Group and sits on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) social housing sub-committee. 

She is a Trustee of Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation and also a member of its Audit Committee. She is a Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee at sustainable development organisation Reall. She has previously chaired the G15 Finance Directors’ Group and was Vice Chair of the NHF’s SORP Working Party until 2021.