The Housing Solutions Board is currently made up of non-executive independent members and one non-executive resident member.
Liz Padmore - Chairman
Liz has extensive experience at Board level in private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with specialisms in scenario planning, strategic communications, corporate social responsibility and relationship management. She was previously a strategy partner at Accenture where she created and ran their global strategic Think Tank. Liz is Chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT; a Barclay Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford; a Director of Youth Business International where she also serves on the audit committee and chairs the Accreditation Committee; Council of Management and Governor of the Ditchley Foundation where she sits on the Finance & General Management Committee. She was previously a member of the Board of 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 of Forum UK (part of the International Women’s Forum) a member of Women Corporate Directors and an elected FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacturing and Commerce). Liz was awarded the Sunday Times public sector Non-Executive Director of the Year Award in 2013.
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 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).
Hayley Peters - Vice Chair
Hayley is a Partner at Cenergist Ltd an Energy service company. Prior to setting up her own business, Hayley has held a variety of roles including Group Business Transformation Director at Carillion Energy Services. Hayley was appointed as an independent non-exec Director at Housing Solutions in 2011 with Board Champion roles for Health and Safety and Value for Money. She is also the Chair of the Renumeration Committee and sits on the Funding Committees.
John 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 additon to the Board as he brings a strong commercial focus coupled with a robust commitment to excellent customer service and social value
Nick is a Board member and also serves on the audit committee of Housing Solutions. 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.
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 a support services and consultancy business. James is a 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.
James joined the Board of Housing Solutions in 2015 and is currently the Chair of the Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of the Audit and Risk and the Nominations Committees.
Valerie is a founder partner of WestBridge Capital LLP, a fund management business, which invests in growing UK SMEs. Prior to that, she spent 11 years as an Investment Director at 3i PLC - Europe's leading private equity investor. Valerie joined the HSL Board in a non-executive capacity in 2015 and is now chair of the Funding Committee and sit on the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
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 and Notting Hill Genesis. Due to Jeremy’s hands-on approach in executive positions, he brings exceptional value to our Board, as a result of his fresh perspective and proven leadership skills.
Angus has been on the Housing Solutions Board since 2015 and is serving on the funding committee. Angus worked for BG Group for over 29 years and his areas of expertise are business transformation, change management and business and IT strategy.