Orla Gallagher – Chief Executive

Orla joined Housing Solutions in September 2016 with over 25 years experience in the housing sector.  Orla has been the Chief Executive of CDS Co-operatives and Managing Director at Genesis Housing Group.  More recently, she was the Chief Executive of Hounslow Homes and the Chief Transformation Officer at the LB of Hounslow.  Orla has a degree in Housing & Development and qualifications in Housing Management (MCIH), Surveying (RICS) and Business Management (Henley Management College).

Jill Caress – Director of Development and Asset Management

 Jill was appointed Group Business Development Director in January 2006, having previously been Development Director for Parkside Housing Group in Windsor.  Jill began her housing career in 1978 as Development Officer for Devon and Cornwall Housing Association and has worked for several Housing Associations and the Housing Corporation since then.

 Bev Swift - Interim Director of Finance

Bev Swift has joined us as our Interim Finance Director.  Bev has wide ranging experience across a number of sectors which has also included working in housing with Peaks and Plains, Hanover Housing, First Ark Group, Staff Housing Group and others.  She has a background in change management, leading cross function Business Transformation projects where her strengths in team working, mentoring and developing staff are hugely beneficial. 

Carol Lovell - Corporate Services Director


Carol was appointed Corporate Services Director in February 2018 having previously been Head of Developments for Housing Solutions. Carol has extensive experience in the sector garnered from over 15 years of holding strategic roles for a number of local authorities. Carol is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.