Board and Patrons

Gavin Cansfield

Gavin Cansfield (Chair)

Gavin has almost 30 years experience working in housing; developing and delivering support services for homeless people; general needs housing, specialist housing for older people and inner city regeneration. During that time he has worked for Tower Hamlets Homes, Hanover, Southern Housing Group and what is now Midland Heart. Gavin has a strong commitment to housing, its ability to transform people’s lives and provide a platform from which people can achieve their potential. He joined North Hertfordshire Homes in May this year to oversee its housing across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and the successful market sales subsidiary, Rowan Homes.

Babu Bhattacherjee (Treasurer)

Babu Bhattacherjee has worked in the community regeneration field for over 20 years and currently manages the communities and neighbourhoods service for Poplar HARCA. His current initiatives include delivering a neighbourhood level community budget and building a world class youth centre.

Nick Atkin

Nick is Chief Executive at Halton Housing and a driving force for digital innovation in housing.  Nick has been fully paperless for the last 14 years and has driven through a fully flexible/ remote working approach across his business. He has led the drive for 90% of Trust customers to be accessing services online by 2018,  and for the last three consecutive years the Trust has been the most digitally connected organisation in the Visceral Business Connected Housing Index.

He been is included in the top 25 most influential people in housing, and  speaks, writes, blogs and tweets incessantly on housing issues and innovation in particular (@nickatkin_hht).

Matthew Gardiner

Matthew is Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust and has worked in housing for 30 years. He has held a national policy role for special needs housing, worked as both a manager of existing homes and a developer of new ones, and has been both a provider of finance for housing associations from city institutions and on the other side

 Samantha Hyde

Samantha has worked for and advised some of the highest profile brands in the UK, such as Comic Relief, Channel 4, the Ministry of Sound and TalkTalk on topics ranging from corporate social responsibility, talent management or special projects relating to wider business plan delivery.

Samantha has held exciting roles such as that at Save the Children where she was Director of the UK Programme and CEO of the Camelot Foundation where she was responsible for the delivery of high impact grants to some of the most marginalised communities in the UK. Samantha recently returned full time to her role as Director of a management consultancy based in the UK, Square the Circle.

Samantha is a Group Board member for London and Quadrant andwas co-opted on to the board in May 2014 and fully appointed to the Group Board in September 2014.

Paul Jameson

Paul is Director of Procurement at Genesis and prior to that spent seven years leading procurement at CityWest Homes.  Originally trained and qualified as a chef, Paul has spent time working at the House of Commons and privately owned restaurants.   He is committed to delivering excellent customer service, with a passion for identifying unique and market defining solutions to perceived impossible problems. With over 20 years procurement experience, the last decade in the housing sector, he is committed to ensuring procurement makes a lasting difference to housing provider businesses.

Davida Johnson 

Davida has extensive experience in Petrochemicals with executive expertise in marketing and strategy development. Having recently completed a Chartered Director certification she is now focused on adding value and an independent perspective within Non Executive director roles in the Voluntary sector.

 Suzanne Rastrick

Suzanne is currently Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) for NHS England and principle advisor to HM Government on allied health professional (AHP) matters. She trained as an Occupational Therapist and subsequently held executive posts in the NHS including as Director of Nursing and Chief Executive. Since 1993 Suzanne has held Non-Executive roles in the commercial and not-for-profit housing sector, including as Audit Committee chair on four occasions. She has been actively involved in the due diligence processes during two mergers of housing association entities. She has a particular interest in the wider Public Health impact of social housing and the contribution it makes to social value.

Jitinder Thakar

Jitinder is the CEO for a small and dynamic HA called Local Space Ltd based in East London working in innovative partnerships to provide housing to those in greatest need. With a background in property development spanning over 20 years she brings a commercial approach to her work. Jitinder also provides considerable non-executive knowledge with wide experience of the housing sector and also having served as the Deputy Chair of a Local Enterprise Partnership.

John Wood

John has responsibility for the delivery of housing services across the Group. He has over 20 years’ experience in housing. At Riverside he held the post of Managing Director of Riverside Housing prior to its amalgamation. He oversaw the transfer of housing stock from Liverpool City Council to Lee Valley and Berrybridge Housing Associations and managed Riverside’s low cost home ownership division for six years.

Boris Worrall

Boris is Group Chief Executive of Rooftop Housing, which provides 6,500 affordable homes in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Rooftop is committed to building new homes, good customer service, investing in communities, and the sustainability agenda.  Boris previously worked within the Home Office after a career in journalism. He enjoys surfing, yoga and keeping chickens. You can follow him on Twitter @BorisJWorrall

Our Patrons

Dr john Sentamu

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu is the Archbishop of York, president of the YMCA and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry and chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Review.

Lord Best

Lord Best is President of the Local Government Association and Chair of Hanover Housing Association. He is active in the House of Lords and was Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation until his retirement.