The Home Counties-based housing association Thrive Homes has appointed Kate McLeod as the new chair of its board of directors.
McLeod brings a wealth of experience in property, IT and finance to the role as she has held several senior roles at international firms and not-for-profit sector organisations.
A Buckinghamshire resident, McLeod joined Thrive’s board in 2018 as the chair of its risk and audit committee and has most recently acted as the 5,000-home landlord’s interim vice chair in support of the interim chair Vic Baylis.
McLeod replaces Thrive’s previous board chair Ashley Lane, who passed away in January 2020.
McLeod commented on her appointment: “I am honoured to continue to provide leadership to the board of Thrive Homes, now as chair. Thrive Homes is a trailblazing housing provider with an admirable commitment to its employees, customers and the communities it serves.
“I look forward to bringing my wealth of knowledge in property, IT and finance to drive Thrive Homes’ mission forward and help it achieve its ambitious growth target of doubling its housing stock from 5,000 to 10,000 over the next 10 years.”
Over her 40+ year career, McLeod has held senior roles at major financial firms such as Citibank, Morgan Stanley and BlackRock.
McLeod has worked primarily in the not-for-profit sector since 2009 and spent over four years as chief financial officer for the learning disability charity Mencap.
She is currently the interim chief financial officer for Revitalise, a national charity providing holiday respite care for disabled people and carers.
McLeod is also a governor at the Charterhouse boarding school and a member of the University of Westminster’s finance and property committee.
McLeod will be supported at Thrive by vice chair Graham Olive. A fellow finance professional, Olive joined Thrive’s board in 2016 and chairs its remuneration and governance committee. He also sits on Thrive’s risk and audit committee.
Thrive Homes owns and manage around 5,000 homes throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. It provides homes for a range of tenures, including social and affordable rent, intermediate rent, shared ownership, leasehold, and private market rent.