Board and executive

Since October 2018 Thames Valley Housing Association and Metropolitan Housing Trust have formed a common board. The board is responsible for setting our overall strategic direction, monitoring our performance and making sure that we conduct our business in accordance with rules, regulations and statute. You can see the register of interest here.

Our Executive team is responsible for setting our strategy and running all aspects of the business, from providing quality care services to housing our customers and building new homes. Taking our values as its guide, it ensures we put customers and colleagues first.

Through the nature of our work, we believe we can develop ways of doing things differently that help tackle big social issues about where and how people live. We believe everyone should have a home and the chance to live well.

Serving People Better Every Day is our five-year strategy, launched in April 2021. It’s the plan for how we will improve the customer experience, invest in more people’s homes, and support people to live well.

  • Althea Efunshile, CBE

    Chair
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  • Michael Dunn

    Audit and Risk Committee Chair
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  • Grainia Long

    Remuneration & Nomination Committee Chair, Property Committee Chair, and Senior Independent Director
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  • Ian Johnson

    Chief Financial Officer
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  • Ingrid Reynolds

    Development Committee Chair
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  • Gurpreet Gujral

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  • Tania Brisby

    Treasury Committee Chair
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  • Davinder Dhillon

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  • Nigel Ingram

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  • Ofei Kwafo-Akoto

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  • Geeta Nanda, OBE

    Chief Executive
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Althea Efunshile, CBE

Chair

Althea Efunshile CBE has had a 40 year public sector career, during which she has gained extensive senior leadership experience in education, children’s services and culture. She has worked at both local and national levels of government.

She has been Deputy Chief Executive at Arts Council England; a Senior Civil Servant within the Department of Education, employed in a number of director-level roles all aimed at improving outcomes for disadvantaged and socially excluded children; Executive Director for Education & Culture at the London Borough of Lewisham; and Assistant Director of Education at the London Borough of Merton.

Althea stepped down from a full-time executive career three years ago. She is now a Non-Executive Director of a small number of organisations, including University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and Channel 4. She is Chair of professional dance company Ballet Black.

Althea was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours.

Michael Dunn

Audit and Risk Committee Chair

A chartered accountant, Mike previously joined the Metropolitan Board in 2014. Mike was formerly Group Finance Director of St. Modwen Properties plc, a leading regeneration specialist, and also spent five years as Group Finance Director of May Gurney Integrated Services plc.

He has significant experience gained in other major companies and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee at London and Continental Railways Ltd.

Grainia Long

Remuneration & Nomination Committee Chair, Property Committee Chair, and Senior Independent Director

Grainia was previously Chair of the Thames Valley Board. She served on the Board for three years, and was Chair of the Customer Services Committee. She is currently the Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Prior to this Grainia was the Resilience Commissioner for the city of Belfast. Previously she was Chief Executive of the ISPCC, the national child protection charity in Ireland, and before this spent eight years at the Chartered Institute of Housing, first as National Director in Northern Ireland and then as Chief Executive.

Grainia has also worked for Shelter and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. She has been an advisor to the Commission on the Future of Housing in Northern Ireland, a Member of the Lyons Commission on Housing and has been a ministerial appointee to the Board of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Ian Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Ian was Metropolitan’s Executive Director of Finance. He joined the organisation in 2015 and became a member of its Board the following year.

Ian has spent most of his professional career in the development and contracting sectors, with more than a decade’s experience at board level. He has raised capital, completed re-banking exercises and conducted a business turnaround. He has also led a number of change projects, including merging two $2bn US homebuilding businesses and a finance transformation project for National Grid.

Ian has worked in the USA, India and South Korea for extended periods. He is a chartered accountant and an ex-Royal Navy submarine officer.

Ingrid Reynolds

Development Committee Chair

Ingrid joined the Board in August 2018.  She is a senior director at Savills UK in the housing division, specialising in housing development and regeneration consultancy. Over the past ten years, she has advised a wide variety of clients on residential development strategy and delivery, mainly regarding private/public partnerships, mixed tenure schemes, affordable housing development and funding.

Her career spans more than 30 years working for housing associations at senior executive level, running major development programmes at Notting Hill Housing Trust, Circle 33 Housing Trust and Acton Housing Association. Ingrid has held Board positions on Southall Regeneration Partnership and North Fulham New Deal for Communities.

Gurpreet Gujral

Gurpreet Gujral has spent two decades in global customer service roles across the retail, telecommunications and the hospitality sectors. In his current role, Gurpreet is leading the customer service transformation at IKEA Group, helping it transition successfully into a retail business that provides a seamless experience for all of its customers. Gurpreet’s skills and experience match our Board’s aspiration to refine MTVH’s digital customer service.

Prior to IKEA, Gurpreet was the Customer Contact and Partnerships Director at the mobile network Three, overseeing delivery and transformation of services across various channels. He was also responsible for creating partnerships with other businesses that helped Three achieve its growth ambitions by expanding its reach to a larger pool of new customers. During his time there, the organisation won several industry and customer awards.

Tania Brisby

Treasury Committee Chair

Tania Brisby joined the Board in October 2020, bringing significant experience in finance and treasury, with her background in financial services and investment banking at organisations such as NatWest Markets, Deutsche Bank and Samuel Montagu (now HSBC).

Most recently, Tania was a non-executive director of the Wesleyan Assurance Society, and spent nine years as a non-executive with Clarion Housing Group and Circle Housing Group. Prior to that, she was Director of Cardew Group, a strategic financial and public relations consultancy, and ran her own corporate advisory practice specialising in emerging markets.

Her public sector experience includes advising the NHS on commercial dispute resolution as Chair of the NHS Midlands and East Competition Panel, and serving as an advisor to the NHS South East Commissioning Support Unit, as well as work with the European Commission. She is also a Tribunal Panel member on disciplinary hearings for the Financial Reporting Council.

Davinder Dhillon

Davinder Dhillon brings strong financial expertise to the Board, with significant experience in advising organisations on strategic and capital-raising opportunities. He was an investment banker for more than a decade, including at Goldman Sachs, before switching to strategy consulting with Boston Consulting Group.

His principal focus during his time in investment banking was on advising corporate and financial institution clients about debt and equity market solutions, and mergers and acquisitions. In his current role, he leads a global team, advising wholesale banks on their most pressing strategic needs across commercial growth and business transformation. He also holds a number of steering committee positions.

Nigel Ingram

Nigel Ingram brings broad experience in property maintenance and development. His housing association background includes time at The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Notting Hill Housing and Places for People.

More recently, he was a founding director of Aurora Estates – which specialises in large-scale residential and care-led schemes – and Development Director of Lifestyle by Engie, focussing on housing solutions for people of all ages.  Nigel is currently Head of Housing Delivery at the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority. He is also a member of The Housing Forum and an independent judge for NHBC awards.

Ofei Kwafo-Akoto

Ofei Kwafo-Akoto is a solicitor with broad corporate experience, as well as more specific property experience in acquisitions, disposals, development and asset management. He is currently Senior Legal Counsel at GLP, a leading real estate fund manager. Prior to this, Ofei worked as a corporate lawyer in the City where he advised private equity houses, and real estate and sovereign wealth funds.

Ofei is a founding committee member of the Black Solicitors Network’s ‘Junior Lawyers Group’, which provides support and guidance for black junior lawyers, promoting increased diversity within the UK legal sector. He also serves as a trustee director and company secretary for Southside Young Leaders Academy, a charity which works with black boys aged 8–16 in south London to develop leadership skills.

Geeta Nanda, OBE

Chief Executive

Geeta is Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley. Across a career of nearly 30 years she has held a variety of leadership roles in the housing sector. She joined Metropolitan as Chief Executive in October 2017, and led Thames Valley Housing as Chief Executive for nine years – overseeing a top quartile performance in the sector for customer service, and the establishment of a successful market rent subsidiary, Fizzy Living.

Geeta is a board member of the National Housing Federation, a FTSE 250 retirement housebuilder, and has served on the boards of a number of other housing organisations. She is also an ambassador for the charity World Child Cancer. In 2013, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing.

  • Geeta Nanda, OBE

    CEO
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  • Guy Burnett

    Executive Director of Development
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  • Mark Everard

    Executive Director of Property Services
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  • Ann Gibbons

    Executive Director of Customer Services
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  • Ian Johnson

    Chief Financial Officer
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  • Jane Long

    Executive Director of Corporate Services
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Geeta Nanda, OBE

CEO

Geeta is Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley. Across a career of more than 30 years she has held a variety of leadership roles in the housing sector. She joined Metropolitan as Chief Executive in October 2017, and led Thames Valley Housing as Chief Executive for nine years before that where she established the successful market rent subsidiary, Fizzy Living.

Geeta is a board member of the National Housing Federation, a FTSE 250 retirement housebuilder, and has served on the boards of a number of other housing organisations and charities. She is also an ambassador for the charity World Child Cancer. In 2013, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing.

Guy Burnett

Executive Director of Development

Guy has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years, most recently as Executive Director of Development at Metropolitan and as Development Director at Thames Valley Housing. He has also worked in private sector organisations specialising in residential development and regeneration. Guy is a director of Opal.

Mark Everard

Executive Director of Property Services

Mark previously worked at Metropolitan, where he joined the organisation as Executive Director of Property in December 2017. There, he led the Property Directorate across reactive, planned and compliance works, including the in-house Metworks business.

Mark has worked in the affordable housing sector for over 30 years, starting as Director, then owner and CEO of A.E.Williams & Son (Builders) Ltd from 1987 to 2007. The business specialised in repairs contracts for local authorities and housing associations and had more than 200 staff. In 2007, he sold the business to Connaught plc, joining the new owners as Operations and then Client Relationship Director.

From there he moved into consultancy at AECOM, where he became Head of Affordable Housing, working across asset management and development. In 2016, he joined Capita as a Housing Director in the real estate and infrastructure business.

Ann Gibbons

Executive Director of Customer Services

Ann joined Metropolitan in 2013 to lead on the turnaround of our Care and Support and Supported Housing business.  In 2017, she became Executive Director of Customer Services with accountability for Housing Services, Central Customer Services, Community Investment and Care and Support within Metropolitan and she has continued to lead this area in MTVH.

Ann started her career in hospitality where she worked for 20 years in various organisations in England, Scotland, Switzerland and The Netherlands.  Following this she held leadership roles in retail financial services for Santander and Nationwide before briefly working for specialist housing and care provider Anchor.

Ian Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Ian was Metropolitan’s Executive Director of Finance. He joined the organisation in 2015 and became a member of its Board the following year.

Ian has spent most of his professional career in the development and contracting sectors, with more than a decade’s experience at board level. He has raised capital, completed re-banking exercises and conducted a business turnaround. He has also led a number of change projects, including merging two $2bn US homebuilding businesses and a finance transformation project for National Grid.

Ian has worked in the USA, India and South Korea for extended periods. He is a chartered accountant and an ex-Royal Navy submarine officer.

Jane Long

Executive Director of Corporate Services

Jane joined Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing as Executive Director in April 2019.  Prior to this she spent 10 years working in both the housing and health

sectors in the role of Executive Director of Corporate Services where she lead in all areas of Corporate Services including people, communications, strategic and corporate planning, ICT, legal services, health and safety and governance and compliance.

Prior to that, Jane worked in the commercial sector, driving improvement in the delivery of customer services as well as people and marketing services for a number of global organisations and start-ups – she also spent a brief stint in financial services.

Jane’s passion is supporting and enabling people and organisations to be the best they can be, and she is experienced in leading transformational and values-driven programmes to improve both the colleague and customer experience.

Honorary Associates

Our Honorary associates have all played a vital role in growing the organisation to where it is today, contributing to various boards and sub-committees over the years.
  • Dozie Azubike
  • Michael Barrott
  • Alan Beckett
  • Emma Cariaga
  • Ben Denton
  • Laure Duhot
  • John Garrity
  • Gerry McCormack
  • Richard Stanley
  • Jane Staveley
  • Martin Taylor
  • Peter Williams