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Neil Hadden, Chief Executive Officer

Neil Hadden entered the housing sector in 1978 and spent 27 years at the Housing Corporation, which was the industry regulator prior to TSA and HCA. He eventually rose to become the Assistant Chief Executive (Investment and Regeneration). 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 and Remuneration and HR Committee.

Jackie Bligh, Director of Governance and Compliance

Jackie joined Genesis in March 2011, bringing a wealth of housing experience, notably as the Chief Executive at Merthyr Valleys Homes, where she oversaw their successful stock transfer. She also spent seven years on the Council of the National Housing Federation, including three years as Vice Chair. Having started her career as housing trainee, Jackie has worked in a variety of locations, gaining experience everywhere from the most rural communities to inner London.

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John Carleton, Executive Director, Markets and Portfolio

John has extensive experience in housing development and finance after a varied career in housing, banking and consultancy, including an earlier role as the Director of Investment and Regeneration for the Housing Corporation in the North of England. 


Elizabeth Froude, Executive Director, Resources

Elizabeth trained as an Accountant at Baker Tilly. She has a wealth of experience in housing, having previously held the position of Deputy Finance Director at the Radian Group. Prior to moving into the housing sector she held senior finance positions in various blue chip companies

Laurice Ponting

Laurice Ponting, Executive Director, Communities

Laurice joined the housing sector in 1980 and since then has worked in all aspects of housing in both local authorities and housing associations. For the last 10 years she has worked at Mercian Housing Association in Birmingham as Chief Executive and then Managing Director upon Mercian joining the Circle Group. Laurice has chaired Birmingham Social Housing Partnership, been a member of the NHF Regional Committee and board member of the Aston Reinvestment Trust, a community finance company. 

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