The G15 group of London’s largest housing associations has appointed the chief executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) as its new chair.
Geeta Nanda OBE was selected as chair of the G15 yesterday (7 June 2021), while Richard Hill, chief executive of One Housing, will take on the role of vice-chair.
Nanda succeeds Helen Evans, chief executive of Network Homes, who has led the G15 as its chair for the last two years.
The G15 represents London’s largest providers of affordable homes. Collectively, its members provide homes for one in 10 Londoners.
The group’s members build a quarter of all London’s new homes and collectively own or manage over 600,000 homes.
Commenting on her appointment, Nanda said: “I am really pleased to be taking on the chair of the G15 at such a critical time with many important issues on the agenda. From making sure the communities we are part of are supported to recover from the pandemic, to continuing to deliver more homes, and addressing the building safety crisis as well as the climate emergency – there is a great deal to be getting stuck into.
“The organisations that make up the G15 have been at the heart of London life for decades, just like MTVH, which was founded to provide better homes for members of the Windrush Generation in 1950s London. Many members also operate across the country too, meaning we are well placed to help contribute to meeting the important challenges that lie ahead.
“I hope to use my time as chair to work with colleagues across the G15’s members to take advantage of the great opportunities we have to work together and to learn from each other to continuously improve the services and support we offer our residents, and to be dynamic and diverse organisations that come up with solutions.
She added: “On behalf of all members, I want to thank Helen for all she has done over the last two years as chair. Her leadership throughout the pandemic was critical in allowing members to share insight and respond quickly to support our residents.”
Since 2018 Nanda has served as chief executive of MTVH, which is responsible for over 58,000 homes in London, the South East, East Midlands and East of England.
Prior to that she acted as chief executive of Thames Valley Housing for nine years, then CEO of Metropolitan from October 2017 before the two organisations merged.
Nanda has almost 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, having served on the boards of several housing associations. She is a board member of the National Housing Federation, a non-executive member of real estate investment trust company PRS REIT plc and an ambassador for the charity World Child Cancer. She was awarded an OBE for services to social housing in 2013.
New G15 vice-chair Hill, meanwhile, has been One Housing’s chief executive since 2017. Prior to joining One Housing, he led Spectrum Housing for three years as chief executive, leading its merger with Sovereign Housing.
He previously held a number of senior roles at the Homes and Communities Agency, including deputy chief executive and director of programmes. The organisation was replaced by Homes England in 2018.
Hill said: “Here at One Housing, we feel that we’re privileged to be part of the G15, part of something bigger which is helping to not only support Londoners in their homes but also provide much needed housing across the capital.
“I am pleased to be taking on the Vice-Chair of the G15. There are many challenges and I am looking forward to helping Geeta, and colleagues across the G15, to address them. A key priority is supporting the recovery from the pandemic is uppermost in my mind. We will continue to help our residents, paying special attention to their mental health needs, as it has been a difficult, worrying and stressful year for us all.
“We will also continue to do what’s right for our residents by improving customer services and ensure we, as housing associations, continue to meet the highest safety standards, despite the complexity and changes we face as these standards evolve.
“As a provider of care, this year has been particularly tough for our customers, but front line staff have been amazing and have gone above and beyond. As we move forward, we mustn’t forget the sacrifices that have been made and working with the government, we have a real opportunity to revitalise the care sector.”
Image: Geeta Nanda OBE, the new chair of the G15. Credit: The G15.