Our Board

Dipesh Shah OBE

Dipesh Shah OBE, Chair / Independent Member

After an extensive career as Chief Executive of several large businesses within BP and of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Dipesh brings significant experience from a wide portfolio of past and present non-executive Board roles in major organisations.

He is currently a Board member of the pan-European infrastructure fund (Marguerite), where he chairs the investment committee. He also serves on the Board of The Crown Estate, Thames Water, Cavendish Fluor Partnership and Canaccord Genuity Group – a Toronto listed investment bank and wealth manager.

Dipesh is a former Chairman of electricity utility Viridian Group Plc, Hg Capital Renewable Power Partners and the European Photovoltaics Industry Association – a position into which he was elected five times. He has also served on the Board of Lloyd’s of London and Babcock International Group Plc.

Educated at London and Warwick Universities and at Harvard Business School, Dipesh received an OBE in the Queen’s 2007 New Year’s Honours List.

Imani Douglas Walker

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.

Neil Hadden

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 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

David Turner

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.

 Elizabeth Froud

Elizabeth Froude, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director, Resources

Elizabeth has worked in housing for eleven years and has been with Genesis Housing 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

Eugenie Turton

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 & Planning within what is now the Department for Communities & 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); Audit Committee.

Stephen East

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

Bruce Mew

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

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