Our Board

Last updated - 6 November 2017

Dipesh J. Shah OBE, Chair / Independent Member

Dipesh was appointed the new non-executive Chairman of Genesis Housing Association in January 2017. He is also the Chair-elect of Notting Hill Genesis.

Dipesh is a highly experienced and influential senior business leader with a diverse executive and non-executive career.  Previously, Dipesh was Chairman of the FTSE listed all-Ireland power utility, Viridian Group Plc, HgCapital Renewable Power Partners Llp and of the European Photovoltaics (Solar) Industry Association. Currently, he chairs the Investment Committee of the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure (EU-wide Marguerite Fund), is a Main Board Commissioner for The Crown Estate and sits on the Board of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. He was on the Boards of Lloyd's of London, the insurance market, Thames Water and Babcock International Group Plc.

He served as the Chief Executive of various large businesses within BP Plc and, thereafter, as the Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He received an OBE in the 2007 New Year's Honours.

Genesis chairman Dipesh Shah

Imani Douglas-Walker, Resident Member

Imani is a qualified career coach who has worked in many sectors (ranging from Events Management, Welfare to Work to Mental Health).  Imani is the founder of Raise The Bar - a community-led initiative working with schools and voluntary organisations seeking to overcome diverse social issues with sustainable coaching programmes.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards - Genesis Community Foundation Ltd (Chair); People Committee, Customer Services Committee

Board member Imani Douglas-Walker

Neil Hadden, Chief Executive

Neil Hadden entered the housing sector in 1978 and spent 27 years at the Housing Corporation, which was the industry regulator prior to the Homes and Communities Agency where he held a number of positions, including serving as Deputy Chief Executive. He moved to Aldwyck Housing Association in 2005 and led the group through significant growth in his role as Chief Executive. He became Genesis’ Chief Executive in October 2009. Neil is a member of the GenFinance, GenInvest and Genesis Community boards and is a co-opted member on the Genesis Board.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards - All subsidiary boards, Assets Committee, Treasury Committee

Genesis Chief Executive Neil Hadden

David Turner, Senior Independent Director

David is a Chartered Surveyor and has vast experience in board roles in the Public, Private and Not-For-Profit sectors including Deputy Pro Chancellor of City University London.  He was a Divisional Director of Barclays Bank and Chief Executive of a major Group subsidiary.  David also recently retired as Chairman of WSP Group plc, a FTSE 350 engineering and environmental consultancy with a global presence.  David continues to hold a number of other non-executive appointments.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards – Assets Committee (Chair); Audit Committee; People Committee.

Genesis Board member David Turner

Elizabeth Froude, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director, Resources

Elizabeth has worked in housing for eleven years and has been with Genesis Housing Association since 2012.Prior to Genesis, she spent six years with Radian Housing Group, who are based in the Home Counties. Before that role, she worked in a variety of blue-chip organisations in senior finance roles both in the UK and across Europe and has spent a great deal of her working career in change management and process improvement environments.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards - All subsidiary boards, Assets Committee, Treasury Committee, Customer Services Committee

Deputy Chief Executive Elizabeth Froude

Eugenie Turton, Independent Member

Eugenie is a former senior public servant who now works as a non-executive director in the private and charitable sectors.  Her last role in government was as Director General for Housing and Planning within what is now the Department for Communities and Local Government.

She is Chairman of Wessex Archaeology and serves on the board of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation.  She is a lay Member of Salisbury Cathedral Chapter and an Associate and Board Mentor with Critical Eye.  Eugenie also advises the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on public service improvement.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards - People Committee (Chair);  Customer Service Committee (Chair), Audit Committee

Board member Eugenie Turton

Stephen East, Independent Member

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and a non-executive director of a number of listed companies in various sectors.  He is a trustee of a number of charities.  

Stephen brings strong financial management and treasury skills to Genesis along with extensive non-executive experience.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards – Treasury Committee (Chair); Audit Committee

Board member Stephen East

Bruce Mew, Independent Member

Bruce 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, eventually rising to Assistant Director of Finance at Hertsmere Borough Council.  Following his time in local government, he held senior positions at Union Bank 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 Government policy for housing and regeneration.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards – Audit Committee (Chair); Treasury Committee

Board member Bruce Mew

Jenny Buck, Independent Member

Jenny is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has been in the investment industry for 24 years. She has had a varied career that has included property, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds.

Between 2001 and 2010, Jenny was responsible for Schroders’ property fund of funds business. Over this time, she grew funds under management from £150 million to £1.8 billion, and the business developed from a UK centric one to a global one with offices in London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

She joined Tesco in October 2011 and has responsibility for the property and alternative portfolios of the company’s pension fund. The pension fund’s property portfolio invests in direct property in the UK, and unlisted property funds to gain global real estate exposure. The alternatives portfolio includes private equity, hedge funds, infrastructure funds and various other investments.

Jenny is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and is a member of the BVCA. She sits on a number of committees including the investment committee of Girton College, and is a trustee of the charity Landaid.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards – Assets Committee

Board member Jenny Buck

Stephen Bitti, Resident Member

Stephen is the Managing Director of Nudge Associates, a company which offers specialist management support and training in health, wellbeing and development across the public, private and charitable sectors.

He is the Chair of his local Residents Association, a Trustee of MADaboutART and was a former Chief Executive of the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS before working for the National Support Team at the Department of Health.

Committees and Subsidiary Boards – Customer Services Committee

Board member Stephen Bitti