Clarion Housing Group’s Board, which oversees several committees scrutinising our work, is responsible for our performance.

The Clarion Housing Group Board is led by our Group Chair, David Avery. He has served on the boards of various housing associations for almost 20 years. The Vice Chair is John Coghlan, a chartered accountant and director of Severn Trent plc.

Our Board members have a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge. This includes expertise in finance, business and public administration. We have the highest possible rating (G1/V1) from the Regulator of Social Housing for the way we are run and the health of our finances.

Meet our Board

David Avery, Group Chair

David has served on the boards of various housing associations for almost 20 years, notably as Chairman of the Boards of Saxon Weald Homes, Peabody subsidiaries CBHA and Gallions, and most recently Clarion's Housing Association. David has also been a Non-Executive Director at property management company Gen2 and Cantium Business Solutions. Prior to his NED appointments David held various management roles in the global semiconductor capital equipment industry concluding as President of European Operations for Novellus Systems Inc. 

John Coghlan, Group Vice Chair, and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

John has a wealth of experience in financial and general management.

He spent 11 years at global logistics group, Exel PLC, as CFO and latterly as Deputy CEO until retiring in 2006. Since then he has been a Director of publicly quoted and private companies across several sectors. Prior to that he spent 8 years in each of Tomkins PLC, an industrial conglomerate, and Arthur Andersen.

John is currently a Director of water group, Severn Trent PLC, where he is Chair of both the Audit Committee and the Treasury Committee. He also chairs their wholly-owned Welsh water group, Hafren Dyfrdwy. John is also a Director of facility services group, OCS Group Ltd, where he is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

David Orr CBE, Chair of the Clarion Housing Association Board

David is a former Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation and has spent more than 35 years in the housing sector. His various roles during his career have included CEO of Newlon Homes, President of Housing Europe, and CEO of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. David is currently Associate Director for Homes at the Centre for Ageing Better, Chair ReSI Housing, Chair of Reall, an international development housing charity, and a board member of Clanmil Housing Association. He is also a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Housing, Church and Community Commission.

Rupert Sebag-Montefiore, Non-Executive Director, and Chair of Latimer Developments

Rupert is Chair of Latimer Developments Limited. He was on the Savills plc Main Board, followed by the Group Executive Board for 21 years. He became CEO of Savills UK Subsidiary which employed 2000 people across 75 offices. Following that he was Head of Global Residential, growing the network to over 600 offices.

Previous Non-Executive Director (NED) roles have included Chairing a leading property web portal, a marketing company during flotation on AIM, and Bournemouth University. He now sits on some external Investment Committees, including Winchester College, and has a number of NED appointments including, Pigeon Land Limited, a Development company, and On The Market, a property portal on AIM.

Tom Smyth, Non-Executive Director, and Chair of Treasury Committee

Tom is Executive Vice Chairman, Financing Advisory, and a Global Advisory Partner at Rothschild & Co. During his 25 years at the firm, Tom has advised the boards of the biggest listed and private equity owned companies on their funding, risk management and treasury strategies. He has previously served as a Trustee of Rothschild & Co's UK pension fund. During his career, Tom has also advised numerous organisations in raising debt in the capital markets and is a qualified member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is a member of the board of governors at Kingston University.

Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive

Clare Miller

Clare was appointed as our Group Chief Executive in 2018. A chartered accountant, with almost 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, Clare joined the Housing Corporation in 1992 as a financial regulator and over the next 18 years progressed to become its Director of Regulation.

She then became an Executive Director at the Tenant Services Authority, with responsibility for housing association regulation. In 2010 Clare joined Affinity Sutton as Group Director of Governance and Compliance. She took up the same role at Clarion in 2016, before taking on her current role two years later.

 

Mark Hattersley, Chief Financial Officer

Mark HattersleyJoined Clarion from Sovereign Housing Association, where he was CFO. Mark is a chartered accountant and his background includes senior roles at Staffordshire University, where he was Director of Finance & Infrastructure; and Birmingham International Airport, where he was Finance Director. He chairs Clarion Housing Group’s investment committee and said: “Being a financially strong organisation underpins everything we do. It means we are resilient, and can continue to fulfil our purpose as well as progress and deliver on our ambitions.”

Graham Farrant, Non-Executive Director

Graham is the Chief Executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He has a track record in leading both public and private sector organisations, with a background in housing and local government. He has held CEO roles at HM Land Registry; Thurrock Council; the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham; Brentwood Council; sport and leisure consultancy pmpgenesis; and Leisure Connection. Graham has also worked in environmental health, housing and regeneration in local government.

Amanda Metcalfe, Non-Executive Director

Amanda is Place, Brand and Marketing Director at the Crown Estate, a £14.3 billion UK real estate business, and a former UK Marketing Director at Ebay Inc. She has spent more than 25 years in marketing, having held a range of digital and consumer roles during her career to date. Previous posts include Digital Marketing Director at Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc; Head of Customer Management at Debenhams; Group Head of Research at Laura Ashley; and Research Manager at Selfridges. Amanda is a trustee of ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

Lord Barwell, Non-Executive Director, and Chair of the Clarion Futures Board

A former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, and Minister for Housing, during a political career spanning more than 20 years. He was the Member of Parliament for Croydon Central from 2010 to 2017, and prior to that had been a councillor for the London Borough of Croydon for 12 years. In addition to his roles on the Clarion Housing Group and Clarion Futures Boards, Lord Barwell is an adviser to PwC, Avonhurst, Arcadis, Barratt Developments plc, Community Fibre and DLA Piper. 

Doris Olulode, Non-Executive Director, and Chair of Remuneration & Nominations Committee

Doris is currently a freelance HR consultant with extensive global human resources experience gained in a career at Ford Motor Company. Latterly, she was Ford’s HR Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Doris also led the African Ancestry Network at Ford and was named by Autocar as one of the top 100 most influential women in the Auto industry.

In addition to the Group Board, Doris serves on Clarion’s Housing Association Board. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is a Lay Member to HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Rachel Fletcher, Non-Executive Director

Rachel is a regulatory expert and Octopus Energy’s Director for Regulation and Economics. She was Chief Executive of Ofwat and held senior positions including at board level in Ofgem. Before that, Rachel worked as an energy strategy and policy consultant, having started her career in international development.

Meet our committees

Our Board has several committees that meet regularly as part of our governance and deal with different aspects of our work:

  • Group Audit and Risk Committee
  • Group Remuneration, Nominations and People Committee
  • Group Treasury Committee
  • Group Investment Committee

Group Audit and Risk Committee membership

John Coghlan, Chair

John has a wealth of experience in financial and general management.

He spent 11 years at global logistics group, Exel PLC, as CFO and latterly as Deputy CEO until retiring in 2006. Since then he has been a Director of publicly quoted and private companies across several sectors. Prior to that he spent 8 years in each of Tomkins PLC, an industrial conglomerate, and Arthur Andersen.

John is currently a Director of water group, Severn Trent PLC, where he is Chair of both the Audit Committee and the Treasury Committee. He also chairs their wholly-owned Welsh water group, Hafren Dyfrdwy. John is also a Director of facility services group, OCS Group Ltd, where he is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Graham Farrant, Non-Executive Director

Graham is the Chief Executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He has a track record in leading both public and private sector organisations, with a background in housing and local government. He has held CEO roles at HM Land Registry; Thurrock Council; the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham; Brentwood Council; sport and leisure consultancy pmpgenesis; and Leisure Connection. Graham has also worked in environmental health, housing and regeneration in local government.

Tom Smyth, Non-Executive Director

Tom is Executive Vice Chairman, Financing Advisory, and a Global Advisory Partner at Rothschild & Co. During his 25 years at the firm, Tom has advised the boards of the biggest listed and private equity owned companies on their funding, risk management and treasury strategies. He has previously served as a Trustee of Rothschild & Co's UK pension fund. During his career, Tom has also advised numerous organisations in raising debt in the capital markets and is a qualified member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is a member of the board of governors at Kingston University.

Kirstin Baker, Independent Committee member

Kirstin has more than 20 years' experience in economic and finance roles in the civil service. This includes holding the post of Finance Director at HM Treasury. She led the team responsible for co-ordinating public spending and managing many of the Treasury’s interventions in individual banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Kirstin was awarded a CBE for this work.

Her earlier career was in EU policy and she worked as a competition official in the European Commission. She has also worked for the Scottish Government, leading policy on infrastructure investment.

Kirstin is a Non-Executive Director and Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority. She is also a Non-Executive Director at the Board of The Pensions Regulator, as well as University Hospitals Sussex, and is an independent member of Council at Sussex University.

Aruna Mehta, Non-Executive Director

Aruna was appointed in November 2013. Her professional expertise is in technology and operations, organisational risk, auditing, compliance and governance. She has worked in finance at Managing Director level with responsibility for global risk and control.

Aruna also serves as a Non-Executive Director at:
• Epsom St Helier NHS Trust
• Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
• University of Greenwich

She was previously Vice-Chair of the Kemnal Academy Trust.

 

Group Remuneration, Nominations and People Committee membership

Doris Olulode, Chair

Doris is currently a freelance HR consultant with extensive global human resources experience gained in a career at Ford Motor Company. Latterly, she was Ford’s HR Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Doris also led the African Ancestry Network at Ford and was named by Autocar as one of the top 100 most influential women in the Auto industry.

In addition to the Group Board, Doris serves on Clarion’s Housing Association Board. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is a Lay Member to HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

David Avery, Non-Executive Director

David has served on the boards of various housing associations for almost 20 years, notably as Chairman of the Boards of Saxon Weald Homes, Peabody subsidiaries CBHA and Gallions, and most recently Clarion's Housing Association. David has also been a Non-Executive Director at property management company Gen2 and Cantium Business Solutions. Prior to his NED appointments David held various management roles in the global semiconductor capital equipment industry concluding as President of European Operations for Novellus Systems Inc.

Lord Barwell, Non-Executive Director

A former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, and Minister for Housing, during a political career spanning more than 20 years. He was the Member of Parliament for Croydon Central from 2010 to 2017, and prior to that had been a councillor for the London Borough of Croydon for 12 years. In addition to his roles on the Clarion Housing Group and Clarion Futures Boards, Lord Barwell is an adviser to PwC, Avonhurst, Arcadis, Barratt Developments plc, Community Fibre and DLA Piper.

Amanda Metcalfe, Non-Executive Director

Amanda is Place, Brand and Marketing Director at the Crown Estate, a £14.3 billion UK real estate business, and a former UK Marketing Director at Ebay Inc. She has spent more than 25 years in marketing, having held a range of digital and consumer roles during her career to date. Previous posts include Digital Marketing Director at Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc; Head of Customer Management at Debenhams; Group Head of Research at Laura Ashley; and Research Manager at Selfridges. Amanda is a trustee of ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

 

Group Treasury Committee membership

Tom Smyth, Chair

Tom is Executive Vice Chairman, Financing Advisory, and a Global Advisory Partner at Rothschild & Co. During his 25 years at the firm, Tom has advised the boards of the biggest listed and private equity owned companies on their funding, risk management and treasury strategies. He has previously served as a Trustee of Rothschild & Co's UK pension fund. During his career, Tom has also advised numerous organisations in raising debt in the capital markets and is a qualified member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is a member of the board of governors at Kingston University.

Mark Hattersley, Chief Financial Officer

Joined Clarion from Sovereign Housing Association, where he was CFO. Mark is a chartered accountant and his background includes senior roles at Staffordshire University, where he was Director of Finance & Infrastructure; and Birmingham International Airport, where he was Finance Director.

He chairs Clarion Housing Group’s investment committee and said: “Being a financially strong organisation underpins everything we do. It means we are resilient, and can continue to fulfil our purpose as well as progress and deliver on our ambitions.”

Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive

Clare was appointed as our Group Chief Executive in 2018. A chartered accountant, with almost 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, Clare joined the Housing Corporation in 1992 as a financial regulator and over the next 18 years progressed to become its Director of Regulation.

She then became an Executive Director at the Tenant Services Authority, with responsibility for housing association regulation. In 2010 Clare joined Affinity Sutton as Group Director of Governance and Compliance. She took up the same role at Clarion in 2016, before taking on her current role two years later.

Aruna Mehta, Non-Executive Director

Aruna was appointed in November 2013. Her professional expertise is in technology and operations, organisational risk, auditing, compliance and governance. She has worked in finance at Managing Director level with responsibility for global risk and control.

Aruna also serves as a Non-Executive Director at:
• Epsom St Helier NHS Trust
• Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
• University of Greenwich

She was previously Vice-Chair of the Kemnal Academy Trust.

Kwok Liu, Independent Committee member

Kwok is Deputy Treasurer, Funding & Investment at National Grid. He has over 20 years' experience in corporate treasury and has led the financing for National Grid’s recent major transactions. He was previously a Trustee of the National Grid UK Pension Scheme, National Grid’s largest defined benefit scheme at the time. A member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, he also serves as a member of the Policy and Technical Advisory Panel. Kwok is also a member of the Corporate Issuers Forum of the International Capital Markets Association.

Maxim Sinclair, Independent Committee member

Max has spent 40 years working as a commercial real estate lender, including 20 years at Eurohypo, the specialist real estate bank. He held various positions in transaction execution, syndication and led the UK team from 2007 for 6 years. In 2013, the business was purchased by Wells Fargo and Max continued in the Leadership role until he stepped down in June 2021.

He has been active in the Investment Property Forum and held the position of Chairman from 2014 to 2015. Immediately following the global financial crisis he was a regular participant at the Commercial Property Forum of the Bank of England. Max was a leading contributor to the research paper “Vision for Real Estate Finance.” This was produced in order to address issues which led up to the global financial crisis in the real estate industry. He has taught as a guest lecturer at Bayes Business School and currently acts as a mentor to young professionals.

Max is now involved in a number of consultancy roles including at Patrizia Property IM LLP and at retail specialist Pradera Lateral.

 

 

 

 

Group Investment Committee membership

Mark Hattersley, Chair and Chief Financial Officer

Joined Clarion from Sovereign Housing Association, where he was CFO. Mark is a chartered accountant and his background includes senior roles at Staffordshire University, where he was Director of Finance & Infrastructure; and Birmingham International Airport, where he was Finance Director.

He chairs Clarion Housing Group’s investment committee and said: “Being a financially strong organisation underpins everything we do. It means we are resilient, and can continue to fulfil our purpose as well as progress and deliver on our ambitions.”

Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive

Clare was appointed as our Group Chief Executive in 2018. A chartered accountant, with almost 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, Clare joined the Housing Corporation in 1992 as a financial regulator and over the next 18 years progressed to become its Director of Regulation.

She then became an Executive Director at the Tenant Services Authority, with responsibility for housing association regulation. In 2010 Clare joined Affinity Sutton as Group Director of Governance and Compliance. She took up the same role at Clarion in 2016, before taking on her current role two years later.

Richard Cook, Group Director of Development

Richard leads our development arm, Latimer Homes, and is responsible for Clarion Housing Group’s sustainability strategy.

He joined Clarion in February 2019 from Lendlease where he was head of residential, delivering over 1,000 new homes each year. He also played a key role in the delivery of the London 2012 Athletes’ Village while at Lendlease. He has more than 25 years of experience in the property sector having previously worked at companies including Mace and Taylor Wimpey.

Karima Fahmy, Non-Executive Director

Karima is a corporate lawyer with 20 years’ experience of advising on:
• corporate and finance transactions
• mergers & acquisitions
• joint ventures
• structuring, funding and delivery of real estate investment and development projects.

Having trained and practiced at international law firm Hogan Lovells, in 2011 Karima moved in-house to Grosvenor Group where she latterly held the position of Group General Counsel.

She currently holds Non-Executive positions on:
• Property & Development Committee of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity
• University of Cambridge’s Property Board
• University Board of Bournemouth University.

Karima is also an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Chris Hatfield, Non-Executive Director

Chris worked for two of the nation’s largest housebuilders (Lagan Homes UK Ltd and Bowbridge Homes Ltd) for 24 years, prior to setting up his own residential development consultancy company Ashby House, in 2016.

In addition to his role as a Non-Executive Director of Latimer Developments and a member of Clarion Housing Group’s Investment Committee, Chris is also a Non-Executive Director of two regional housebuilding companies in the south midlands area.

Through his consultancy business, Chris works for a variety of landowners, developers, housing associations and local authorities providing project management, commercial, operational process, and viability advice on a wide range of development projects. Chris is currently instructed on several urban extensions for both landowners and local planning authority clients utilising his commercial, planning, and operational delivery experience of major residential led development projects to ensure these projects are robustly planned and are deliverable.

Rob Lane, Chief Property Officer

Rob oversees Clarion Response, Grange Property Management and House Exchange. He also leads our:
• rental and commercial property portfolios
• strategic asset management, including regeneration and disposal
• approach to mergers and acquisitions.

Rob joined as Director of Commercial Finance when Clarion was formed in 2016. A qualified accountant, his career has included senior finance and director roles in the Domino’s Pizza Group and Network Rail Property.

Paul Munday, Non-Executive Director

Paul has held executive level roles in housing development, regeneration, asset management and business development for more than 25 years. He has experience as CEO and managing director in both the private and affordable housing sectors. He has managed more than 350 staff and overseen projects employing more than 1,200 construction workers.

His roles have included:
• control of annual budgets exceeding £120m
• strategic responsibility for investment planning of £0.5bn over 5 years and £2bn over 30 years.

Paul has particular expertise in housing development and asset management. He has been personally involved in the purchase or development of more than 10,000 affordable homes. He is a voluntary, co-opted, non-executive director of Leathermarket Community Benefit Society.

Andrew Murray, Non-Executive Director

Andrew, a former partner at legal firm Winckworth Sherwood, has more than 25 years’ experience in advising on major housing projects, with particular expertise in regeneration, in mergers and in establishing new organisations. He was lead partner for Notting Hill Genesis on the Aylesbury Estate and Grahame Park regeneration projects, together involving more than 4,000 new homes, and has acted on numerous joint ventures between national house-builders and registered providers. Andrew is also a trustee of the Discover Children's Story Centre in Newham and a school governor.

Michelle Reynolds, Chief Customer Officer

Michelle is responsible for delivering a consistently good quality, comprehensive service for all Clarion customers and ensuring that customers remain at the heart of our business, improving the customer experience and representing the voice of our customers. She is also Executive lead for Clarion Futures, Clarion’s charitable foundation.

Michelle has more than 30 years’ experience in the housing sector. Formerly Clarion’s Chief Operating Officer and Group Director for Commercial Services, her previous roles include Executive Director and Director-level roles at Affinity Sutton and Ridgehill Housing Association. She has also held senior roles at William Sutton Housing Association, and was the Chief Executive of Aashyana, an Asian-led housing association in the South West.

 

 

Meet our Subsidiary Boards:

  • Clarion Housing Association - The Group's landlord body
  • Latimer Developments - The Group's development arm
  • Clarion Futures - The Group's charitable arm

Clarion Housing Association Board 

David Orr CBE, Chair of the Clarion Housing Association Board

David is a former Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation and has spent more than 35 years in the housing sector. His various roles during his career have included CEO of Newlon Homes, President of Housing Europe, and CEO of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. David is currently Associate Director for Homes at the Centre for Ageing Better, Chair ReSI Housing, Chair of Reall, an international development housing charity, and a board member of Clanmil Housing Association. He is also a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Housing, Church and Community Commission.

Rolf Wojtanowski (Co-optee)

Rolf is a co-opted resident member of the Clarion Housing Association Board and before the merger, a Member of Circle Housing’s Old Ford Board. He is also an independent member and co- founder of the Old Ford Community Panel. He has been a resident since 2014 and lives in the Bethnal Green area of East London.

His career has mostly focused on high level hotel management and publishing telesales marketing. Rolf enjoys being an active member of the local community.

Doris Olulode

Doris is currently a freelance HR consultant with extensive global human resources experience gained in a career at Ford Motor Company. Latterly, she was Ford’s HR Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Doris also led the African Ancestry Network at Ford and was named by Autocar as one of the top 100 most influential women in the Auto industry.

In addition to the Group Board, Doris serves on Clarion’s Housing Association Board. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is a Lay Member to HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Gloria Brown

Gloria has a wealth of cross sector managerial experience including Managing Director of a marketing company, restaurateur and Mailing Manager with Readers Digest. Gloria was a member of the Circle Housing Roddons Board prior to the merger, currently a member of the National Property Improvement Group and a Housing Ombudsman Panel.

Outside of the housing world Gloria is currently Chair of the Manea Education Foundation Trust and enjoys her involvement with the village community and its many committees including the numerous issues and challenges Fenland is currently experiencing.

Aruna Mehta

Aruna Mehta was appointed in November 2013. Her professional expertise is in technology and operations, organisational risk, auditing, compliance and governance. She has worked in finance at Managing Director level with responsibility for global risk and control.

Aruna also serves as a NED at Epsom St Helier NHS Trust, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust, University of Greenwich and was previously Vice-Chair of the Kemnal Academy Trust. 

Andrew Murray

Andrew, a former partner at legal firm Winckworth Sherwood, has more than 25 years’ experience in advising on major housing projects, with particular expertise in regeneration, in mergers and in establishing new organisations. He was lead partner for Notting Hill Genesis on the Aylesbury Estate and Grahame Park regeneration projects, together involving more than 4,000 new homes, and has acted on numerous joint ventures between national house-builders and registered providers. Andrew is also a trustee of the Discover Children's Story Centre in Newham and a school governor.

Richard Towes

Richard is a Resident Board Member and has been a Clarion resident in Newton Le Willows, Merseyside for 14 years. He has a wealth of experience of working within the public and housing sectors, including roles covering finance, estate and property management and home ownership. Richard was a member of the Affinity Sutton North Scrutiny Board, has been a green inspector and a tenant representative on grounds maintenance contract procurement, and is trained to serve on complaints panels. Richard is also a member of the Clarion Futures "Clarion 55" resident involvement group.

Preetha McCann

Preetha is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years’ experience working in finance leadership roles in consumer facing organisations. Preetha combines commercial and strategic insight with technical expertise to work with Boards to drive growth, restructure operations and drive change in businesses in the UK and internationally. Preetha has worked for leading retail, consumer, online, aviation and infrastructure companies including Tesco, John Lewis, WHSmith and Heathrow Airport. Preetha also has a background in consulting and professional services at Accenture and PwC.

Elizabeth Holden

Elizabeth has been a partner of Slaughter and May and a non-executive director of FTSE 250 company Great Portland Estates, and of the AIM listed property service provider HML Holdings. Elizabeth currently sits on the board of Interserve, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee; of Viewber, providing outsourced property viewings; and of BCKR Limited, which encourages senior lawyers to become non-executive directors.

Paul Munday

Paul has held executive level roles in housing development, regeneration, asset management and business development for more than 25 years. He has experience as CEO and managing director in both the private and affordable housing sectors. He has managed more than 350 staff and overseen projects employing more than 1,200 construction workers. His roles have included control of annual budgets exceeding £120m and strategic responsibility for investment planning of £0.5bn over 5 years and £2bn over 30 years. Paul has particular expertise in housing development and asset management he has been personally involved in the purchase or development of more than 10,000 affordable homes. He is a voluntary, co-opted, non-executive director of Leathermarket Community Benefit Society.

Terry Stacy MBE JP

Terry is a Clarion resident in Islington, north London. He has more than 23 years’ experience of the housing sector and has held a number of senior roles in both housing associations and local authorities. Previous roles include board member, Circle 33; Chair of Island Homes, part of One Housing Group; Chair of Old Ford Housing Association; board member of the Gateway Housing Association and is now Chair of Tonic HA the countries first LGBT+ older persons housing association. Terry was a local authority councillor for more than 16 years and is a former council leader at the London Borough of Islington. He is currently Head of Office and Senior Adviser at the Local Government Association.

Michelle Reynolds, Chief Customer Officer

Michelle has more than 30 years’ experience in the housing sector. Formerly Clarion’s Chief Operating Officer and Group Director for Commercial Services, her previous roles include Executive Director and Director-level roles at Affinity Sutton and Ridgehill Housing Association. She has also held senior roles at William Sutton Housing Association, and was the Chief Executive of Aashyana, an Asian-led housing association in the South West.

As Chief Customer Officer, Michelle is responsible for delivering a consistently good quality, comprehensive service for all Clarion customers and ensuring that customers remain at the heart of our business, improving the customer experience and representing the voice of our customers. Michelle is also Executive lead for Clarion Futures, Clarion’s charitable foundation.

 

 

Latimer Developments Board

Rupert Sebag-Montefiore (Chair)

Rupert is Chair of Latimer Developments Limited. He was on the Savills plc Main Board, followed by the Group Executive Board for 21 years. He became CEO of Savills UK Subsidiary which employed 2000 people across 75 offices. Following that he was Head of Global Residential, growing the network to over 600 offices.

Previous Non-Executive Director (NED) roles have included Chairing a leading property web portal, a marketing company during flotation on AIM, and Bournemouth University. He now sits on some external Investment Committees, including Winchester College, and has a number of NED appointments including, Pigeon Land Limited, a Development company, and On The Market, a property portal on AIM.

Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive

Rob is a qualified accountant with a career that has included senior finance roles in organisations such as the Domino’s Pizza Group, Network Rail Property, and the énergie Group. Rob takes the lead on all aspects of the property life cycle for Clarion assets including investment, repairs, maintenance, safety and long term property strategy for Clarion’s 125,000 homes. Rob is also responsible for commercial property activities and our subsidiary business Grange Property Management.

Mark Hattersley, Chief Financial Officer

Mark joined Clarion from Sovereign Housing Association, where he was CFO. Mark is a chartered accountant and his background includes senior roles at Staffordshire University, where he was Director of Finance & Infrastructure; and Birmingham International Airport, where he was Finance Director.

He chairs Clarion Housing Group’s investment committee and said: “Being a financially strong organisation underpins everything we do. It means we are resilient, and can continue to fulfil our purpose as well as progress and deliver on our ambitions.”

Chris Hatfield

Chris worked for two of the nation’s largest housebuilders for 24 years, with the final five years as a divisional managing director, prior to setting up his own residential development consultancy company Ashby House, in 2016. 

In addition to his role as a Non-Executive Director of Latimer Developments and a member of Clarion Housing Group’s Investment Committee, Chris is also a Non-Executive Director of two regional housebuilding companies in the south midlands area.

Through his consultancy business, Chris works for a variety of landowners, developers, housing associations and local authorities providing project management, commercial, operational process, and viability advice on a wide range of development projects.  Chris is currently instructed on several urban extensions for both landowners and local planning authority clients utilising his commercial, planning, and operational delivery experience of major residential led development projects to ensure these projects are robustly planned and are deliverable.

Karima Fahmy

Karima is a corporate lawyer with 20 years’ experience of advising on corporate and finance transactions, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and the structuring, funding and delivery of real estate investment and development projects. Having trained and practiced at international law firm Hogan Lovells, in 2011 Karima moved in-house to Grosvenor Group where she latterly held the position of Group General Counsel. Karima currently holds non-executive positions on the Property & Development Committee of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, the University of Cambridge’s Property Board and the University Board of Bournemouth University. Karima is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Richard Cook, Group Director of Development

Richard joined Clarion from Lendlease Europe, where he was Head of Residential and responsible for delivering 1,000 new homes a year. During his time at Lendlease, Richard was also Head of Delivery of the design and build contracts on the Olympic Village for London 2012 and worked on the £2.5bn Elephant Park regeneration project in Southwark. His extensive career in residential development spans more than 25 years and has included senior roles at Mace and Taylor Wimpey plc. 

Richard leads Clarion’s development business and is the director responsible for the group’s sustainability strategy.

Rob Lane, Chief Property Officer

Rob is a qualified accountant with a career that has included senior finance roles in organisations such as the Domino’s Pizza Group, Network Rail Property, and the énergie Group. Rob takes the lead on all aspects of the property life cycle for Clarion assets including investment, repairs, maintenance, safety and long term property strategy for Clarion’s 125,000 homes. Rob is also responsible for commercial property activities and our subsidiary business Grange Property Management.

 

 

Clarion Futures Board

Lord Gavin Barwell (Chair)

A former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, and Minister for Housing, during a political career spanning more than 20 years. He was the Member of Parliament for Croydon Central from 2010 to 2017, and prior to that had been a councillor for the London Borough of Croydon for 12 years. In addition to his roles on the Clarion Housing Group and Clarion Futures Boards, Lord Barwell is an adviser to PwC, Avonhurst, Arcadis, Barratt Developments plc, Community Fibre and DLA Piper. 

Patrick Hughes

A former senior civil servant in DWP including roles as Director for London, and for East of England. He has had a portfolio career since leaving DWP in 2012 and is currently Director of Salientwork Ltd, a personal micro-consultancy working in the employment and employability sector with clients in the UK and the EU.  An experienced charity Trustee, he is Chair of Trustees at Groundwork East, and Vice-Chair of Papworth Trust. He has been a Trustee of Clarion Futures since 2018.

John Ball

John has over 30 years’ experience of managing and leading finance and risk teams at a senior level in highly regulated industries, initially in the utilities sector and most recently in social housing.

Recently retired he is a trustee and member of the Finance Committee at Herts Young Homeless and recently stepped down from the Board of Groundwork East where he was a trustee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Terry Stacy MBE JP

Terry is a Clarion resident in Islington, north London. He has more than 23 years’ experience of the housing sector and has held a number of senior roles in both housing associations and local authorities. Previous roles include board member, Circle 33; Chair of Island Homes, part of One Housing Group; Chair of Old Ford Housing Association; board member of the Gateway Housing Association and is now Chair of Tonic HA the countries first LGBT+ older persons housing association. Terry was a local authority councillor for more than 16 years and is a former council leader at the London Borough of Islington. He is currently Head of Office and Senior Adviser at the Local Government Association.

Dr Usha Sundaram

Dr Usha Sundaram is Associate Professor of Consumer and Digital Marketing in Norwich Business School University of East Anglia and the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences Faculty with portfolio remit for employability and graduate career opportunities. Usha is a member of the University’s Governing Council and sits on the Digital Transformation Steering Committee overseeing a strategically important digital transformation programme for the university.

Usha has more than three decades of international experience working in media, hospitality, and marketing and more than 20 years of international higher education experience in areas of education, research, training and development, and strategic change including digital economies. In addition she is also widely experienced in all matters of governance and student experience.

She researches, writes, and publishes in areas of regional economies, clusters and innovation, digital marketing, analytics, digital transformation and change management, digital economies and applications of digital technologies in business. She consults with businesses in areas of digital change and the intersection of markets, technology, and consumer culture. She also mentors digital start-ups.

Usha was previously Non-Executive Director at Circle Wherry. She is also an Independent Governor at City of Norwich School with responsibilities for personal development and safeguarding.