About Us

Our History

Rockdale Housing Association was set up over 60 years ago with the aim of providing housing and care for older people in Sevenoaks. It was largely the result of the determination of one woman – Miss Beatrice Wilson – a gifted physiotherapist with a vision to improve the quality of older people’s lives in the town.

Born in 1897, she trained as a physiotherapist at Guy’s Hospital, showing her commitment to Sevenoaks by opening the town’s first physiotherapy centre in South Park in 1937. In 1948 she realised her ambition of improving the care of older people in the town by setting up Rockdale Housing Association, and opened Rockdale House, a residential home, in 1953.


Rockdale Housing Association is an Exempt Charity (13507R) registered as a Society with the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. It is also registered with the Homes and Communities Agency and is a member of the National Housing Federation.

The Association is ultimately controlled by the Board of Trustees, members of which are volunteers, elected annually by the shareholding members of the Association. The Board agrees the Association’s policies, decides its future direction, and monitors its work.

The Director, Anita Cleugh, is responsible for the overall management of the Association, for finance, personnel and development and is supported by three senior staff:

  • The Home Manager, Jane Vaughan, who runs Rockdale House
  • The Housing Manager, Val Riches, who is responsible for the support and other services provided to the apartments
  • The Finance & Maintenance Manager, Stephanie Cotterill,  who has responsibility for the Association's finance and maintenance of the Association’s properties.

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