The Housing Solutions Board is currently made up of non-executive independent members and one non-executive resident member. 

Liz Padmore - Chairman 

Liz has been Chairman of the Board of Housing Solutions since 2018 where she also chairs the Nominations Committee. She has extensive experience at the Board level in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  On 1st January 2022, Liz was appointed as the Chair of the British Red Cross.

She was previously a strategy partner at Accenture where she created and ran their global strategic Think Tank, specialising in scenario planning, strategic communications, corporate social responsibility, and relationship management.

Liz is a Barclay Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford where she chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Risk and Scrutiny Committee; on the Council of Management of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the F&GM Committee; a Commissioner for Hampshire 2050; Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Brasenose College Oxford; a member of YBI (Prince of Wales’ Youth Business International) having been a trustee for over 10 years; and an Emeritus trustee of Women for Women International.

Previously she was Chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT for 9 years; a member of the Board of the IPSA; on the Council of Chatham House; a Director of National Australia Group Europe and Clydesdale Bank plc. and the advisory board of IMD.

Liz is a member and previous vice chairman of IWF UK; a member of Women Corporate Directors and an elected FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacturing and Commerce).

She was awarded the Sunday Times public sector Non-Executive of the Year Award.

Orla Gallagher - Chief Executive & Board Member

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 MD 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). Orla is an elected FRSA (fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacturing and Commerce).

Angus McCallum - Senior Independent Director

Angus has been on the Housing Solutions Board since 2015 and was appointed to the role of Senior Independent Director on 1 June 2021. Angus is a member of the Funding, Remuneration & Nominations committees. Angus worked for BG Group for over 29 years and his areas of expertise are business transformation, change management and business and IT strategy, and more recently was Chief Information Officer for the Metropolitan Police (MPS).

Nick Whitaker

Nick joined the Housing Solutions Board in 2019 and is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Funding Committee. 

Nick is a Chartered Accountant. Until March 2015, when he retired from full time work, he was a partner in BDO LLP and prior to that PKF (UK) LLP, providing audit, forensic and corporate finance services.  This included work in the charity and not for profit sectors as well as for corporate and government departments and bodies. He has acted as an expert witness with High Court experience in a variety of commercial disputes and professional negligence cases.  He is a qualified mediator. Since retiring Nick has taken on a number of trustee, non-executive and regulatory positions. 

James Measures

James joined the Board of Housing Solutions in 2015 and is currently the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.  He is also member of the Audit & Risk and Nominations Committees.

Before his career as a Non-Executive Director, James was the Chair of Mouchel Ventures having previously been the Managing Director of the government services division at Mouchel PLC, as support services and consultancy business.  James is Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and a Member of the Institute of Directors.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer. 

Valerie Kendall

Valerie joined the Housing Solutions Board in 2015 and is currently chair of the Funding Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Valerie qualified as a chartered banker with HSBC before spending a decade with 3i investing in small businesses.  She is a founder partner of WestBridge Capital LLP, a regulated fund management business, which invests in growing UK companies and supports the management teams to deliver their growth ambitions. 

John Taylor

John Taylor

John joined the Housing Solutions Board in November 2020 and has vast experience gained over 30 years’ working in both public and private sectors, delivering inspiring property management services. John has an extensive track record of demonstrating senior executive accountability gained through a variety of leadership and advisory roles, including Chief Executive of Orchard & Shipman Plc. As the current Chief Operating Officer at Mears Group Plc, John is responsible for spearheading the Housing Management Business within the Group, rapidly growing this to a £240m turnover PA over the past seven years. John is a welcome addition to the Board as he brings a strong commercial focus coupled with a robust commitment to excellent customer service and social value

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Jeremy Stibbe

Jeremy joined the Board in 2020 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and is the Board health and safety champion. Over the last 35 years, Jeremy has demonstrated both insight and zeal to housing association development, regeneration and property management at both executive and non-executive levels.

Jeremy has a genuine passion for the housing sector and social good, and over the last ten years has brought his individual style to executive board leadership roles within Network Homes, Peabody, Notting Hill Genesis and to his current role of Managing Director of Lampton 360 Property Ltd. Due to Jeremy’s hands-on approach in executive and non-executive positions, he brings exceptional value to our Board, as a result of his fresh perspective and proven leadership skills. 

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca joined the Housing Solutions Board in February 2022. She is an experienced sustainability professional with expertise in delivering property sustainability strategies and supporting wider strategic business growth. Rebecca has expertise in building design and retrofit, tenant sustainability and sustainable property management. She currently works as a Director at Savills. Rebecca has a Masters degree in Architecture and Environmental Design, a Fellowship in Sustainability Leadership and is a Chartered Environmentalist.

Barry Malki

Barry joined the Housing Solutions Board in February 2022, bringing with him an extensive background working as a consultant and senior manager across various community roles. He was Thames Valley Housing’s Community Investment Manager for 5 years before taking up a role as Head of Communities at HACT.  Barry is currently the Director of Communities with Social Squared, a specialist consultancy for strategic community investment, resident engagement and social value. Barry has held, and continues to hold, various Non-Executive Director positions, including with an International Development Charity and Mears Group Plc.  Up until recently he served as a local councillor on Burnham Parish Council.