Our Group Board

Last updated - 29 March 2019

The Group Board is made up evenly from the former boards of Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing Association. It provides strategic direction and oversight to Notting Hill Genesis.

James Wardlaw

The Board, chaired on an interim basis by James Wardlaw, is made up of professionals from outside the organisation, our own residents – one from each of Notting Hill and Genesis - and members of our Executive Board, bringing a wealth of wide-ranging experience. The Chief Executive, Kate Davies, and the Executive Board ensure that the strategic direction provided by the Group Board is delivered.

James has been a member of the Notting Hill Genesis board since it was formed in April 2018 and was on the former Notting Hill Housing board from September 2014. He is currently our senior independent director, and has been engaged in several aspects of our activities through several committees of the board – audit and risk, treasury, remuneration and the project board for our development at Canada Water. 

Away from Notting Hill Genesis, James works in infrastructure finance and as an adviser to the UK Regulators Network, formed by the principal economic regulators. He has also worked in government for HM Treasury.

James receives an allowance of £22,500 while he serves as interim chair.

Board Chair James Wardlaw

Stephen Bitti

Stephen joined the Genesis Housing Association Board in May 2017 and became a member of the Notting Hill Genesis Group Board when it was formed in April 2018.

He is Chief Officer at Healthwatch Kingston upon Thames, and Director of his company Nudge Associates that provides consultancy services to health, social care, and wellbeing sectors. He is Chair of his local Residents Association, and a former Chief Executive of UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS.

Stephen is a member of the Notting Hill Genesis and Notting Hill Home Ownership Boards. He is also the Chair of the Resident Services Committee.

Stephen receives an allowance of £12,500 per annum.

Stephen Bitti - NHG Group Board member

Jenny Buck

Jenny joined the Genesis Board in May 2017 and became a member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board when it was formed in April 2018.

She is currently the Head of Property and Alternatives at Tesco Pension Investment Limited, having previously been the Head of Global Property Fund of Funds at Schroders. She is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the Investment Property Forum and previous non executive positions have included a trustee for Landaid and sitting on the Investment Committee at Girton College, Cambridge.

Jenny is a member of the Notting Hill Genesis and Notting Hill Home Ownership Boards. She is the Chair of 'The Academy' and also serves on the Development and Assets, Audit and Risk, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Jenny receives an allowance of £12,500 per annum.

Jenny Buck - NHG Group Board member

Elaine Bucknor

Elaine joined the Notting Hill Genesis Board in August 2018.

She is currently Sky Plc's Group Chief Information Security Officer, and a Group Director in its Technology Executive team. Elaine has over 20 years in operational and strategic technology consultancy and leadership roles, with multinational market leaders in the telecommunications, media, technology, travel, financial and public sectors.

She has recently been appointed as a non executive director of ULS Technology plc. ULS Technology is an innovative E platform to facilitate property market activities.

Elaine receives an allowance of £9,000 per annum.

Elaine Bucknor - NHG Group Board member

Linde Carr

Linde is a Notting Hill Genesis tenant. She joined the Notting Hill Housing Trust Board in September 2012 and became a member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board when it was formed in April 2018.

Linde worked for 25 years for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and has recently retired. She was a council tenant of Hammersmith and Fulham since 1990 and transferred over to Notting Hill Housing in July 2011.

Working with housing and property, as a local government officer, has given her a wide breadth of knowledge of the subject which she hopes to share. She is a volunteer at Open Age in North Kensington and involved in a project at Kensington palace. Her daughter teaches at a local school in the borough.

Linde is deeply committed to seeing that social housing residents are an integral part of the community.

Linde is on the Notting Hill Genesis and Notting Hill Ownership Boards. She also serves on the Audit and Resident Services Committee.

Linde receives an allowance of £9,000 per annum.

Linde Carr - NHG Group Board member

Kate Davies

Kate Davies is the Chief Executive of Notting Hill Genesis. Prior to this Kate was the Chief Executive of Notting Hill Housing, a role she had held since 2004. She was previously the Chief Executive of Servite Houses and Director of Housing in Brighton and Hove. Kate has experience in local government and the private and voluntary sectors. She has two degrees and qualifications in housing management (MCIH) and housing association development.

In addition Kate is a non-executive director with the National House Building Council.

Kate is a co-opted member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board.

The following senior managers report directly to the Chief Executive:

  • Andy Belton, Chief Operating Officer
  • Carl Byrne, Group Director of Housing
  • John Hughes, Group Director of Development
  • Paul Phillips, Group Director of Finance
  • Jeremy Stibbe, Group Director of Regeneration and Strategic Asset Management
  • Vipul Thacker, Group Director of Central Services
  • Mark Vaughan, Group Director of Commercial Services
Kate Davies - NHG Group Board member

Jane Hollinshead

Jane joined the Notting Hill Group Board in May 2017 and became a member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board when it was formed in April 2018.

She is the Principal of IJD Consulting and advises REITS, private equity funds and not for profit organisations in the real estate sector on their external advisor strategies and change management processes. Prior to that, she had a 20 year career at law firm, Addleshaw Goddard, where she was the Head of the Real Estate Sector and a member of the Governance Board.

She is also a Board member of Pathways to Property and CREFC Europe.

Jane is on the Notting Hill Genesis and Notting Hill Home Ownership Boards. She is also Chair of the Strategy and Scrutiny Committee and also serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Jane receives an allowance of £12,500 per annum.

Jane Hollinshead - NHG Group Board member

Bruce Mew

Bruce joined the Genesis Board in July 2014 and became a member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board when it was formed in April 2018.

He has considerable experience spanning both the public and private sectors with a distinguished track record as a commercial, financial and funding advisor. Bruce started his career in local government in 1972 with Hemel Hempstead Borough Council, rising to Assistant Director of Finance at Hertsmere Borough Council.

Following his time in local government, he held senior positions at Union Band of Switzerland (UBS), Halifax Plc, Ernst & Young and most recently, Grant Thornton UK LLP. Bruce brings a wealth of experience in delivering large projects and housing association funding in the housing and regeneration sphere.

Bruce serves as a Director on the Board of Hundred Houses Society, a small association based in Cambridge.

He is a member of the Notting Hill Genesis and Notting Hill Home Ownership Boards. Bruce is the Chair of the Audit Committee and also serves on the Treasury Committee.

Bruce receives an allowance of £12,500 per annum.

Bruce Mew - NHG Group Board member

Alex Phillips

Alex re-joined Notting Hill Group Board in September 2017 and became a member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board when it was formed in April 2018. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the Notting Hill Housing Trust and Chair of the Board of Notting Hill Home Ownership between 2008 and 2014.

Alex has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance and capital markets, both as an investment banker and as the Chief Executive of a private company. From 1992, Alex worked in integrated investment banks, starting as an analyst at CSFB, going on to Morgan Stanley as an Executive Director in 2000, and then as Managing Director of Credit Suisse tom 2013. In 2014, Alex moved to the U.A.E to be Chief Executive of Passtech, a private business based in Sharjah serving oil & gas equipment manufacturers in the Middle East.  He led its turn-around and subsequent sale to Overmach SpA in 2016.  Today, Alex is a partner with Smith Square Partners, an independent partner-owned corporate finance firm in London.

Alex is a member of the Notting Hill Genesis and Notting Hill Home Ownership Boards. He is the Chair of the Treasury Committee and also serves on the Development and Assets Committee.

Alex receives an allowance of £12,500 per annum.

Alex Phillips - NHG Group Board member

Richard Powell

Richard joined the NHH Group Board in May 2017 and became a member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board when it was formed in April 2018.

He is managing director of Latchmoor Properties Ltd, an advisory business promoting large mixed-use development projects across the UK. He is also a co-director of Cambria Group Ltd, an investment and development business investing in senior living, co-living and strategic land schemes in the south east.

Richard was previously an Executive Director and Board member at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, where he was responsible for the £1.6bn investment and development activity outside Grosvenor’s London estate. He was also a founding member of HM Treasury Taskforce in 1997, charged with structuring Public Private Partnerships to deliver better public services.

Richard serves on various boards, panels and foundations including the Chairman’s Guild of the International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism, Cambridge Ahead, and the Design Council. He was a member of the Mayor of London’s Design Advisory Group and the New London Architecture Sounding Board.

Richard is a Board member of Notting Hill Genesis and Notting Hill Home Ownership. He is the Chair of the Development and Assets Committee.

Richard receives an allowance of £12,500 per annum.

Richard Powell - NHG Group Board member

Paul Philips

Paul is the Group Finance Director and a member of the Executive Board. He is responsible for financial management and accounts recording throughout the Group.

His team is responsible for raising private finance from banks and the capital markets to fund the growth of the organisation. The Finance Directorate prepares the annual and longer term financial plans monitors progress against them and evaluates the financial implications of new business opportunities. The Finance Directorate also prepares the financial statements for audit and deals with all financial transactions, such as paying suppliers and accounting for rents and other income. Paul’s team is also responsible for Governance for the Group as a whole.

Paul has a strong track record in finance and housing. He joined Notting Hill Housing in November 2004 from Servite Houses, where he was Finance Director for eight years and notably led on their first Private Finance Initiative project.

Before that, Paul worked at Knightstone Housing Association, United Kingdom Housing Trust, the Housing Corporation and London Transport.  He has approaching 40 years’ experience of financial management in the sector.

He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from the University of Bath.

Paul is a co-opted member of the Notting Hill Genesis Board.

An image of Paul Philips