Who we are

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.

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.

Board

  • Althea Efunshile, CBE

    Chair
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  • Lesley-Anne Alexander, CBE

    Customer Services Committee Chair
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  • Stuart Beevor

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  • Kathryn Davis

    Treasury Committee 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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  • Jerry Piper

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  • Gurpreet Gujral

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  • Tania Brisby

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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.

Lesley-Anne Alexander, CBE

Customer Services Committee Chair

Lesley-Anne was CEO of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) from 2004 until 2016. She was instrumental in developing the UK Vision Strategy, a cross-sector initiative to improve eye health and sight loss services in the UK.

She has had a long career in the public and charity sectors. Before joining RNIB, she was Director of Operations for the Peabody Trust.

Lesley-Anne holds a number of non-executive positions. She is a director of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, a trustee of the MicroLoan Foundation, a charity providing small business loans to women in Malawi and Zambia, and an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society. She is also a member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

Lesley-Anne was awarded a CBE in 2012 and was voted by her peers as Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive in 2015.

Stuart Beevor

Stuart is a chartered surveyor with 40 years’ experience working in several major organisations. He is now pursuing a portfolio career of non-executive directorships, advisory and consultancy appointments.

Among them, he is a non-executive Director of Empiric Student Property plc and ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Ltd, a member of two DTZ Investors investment committees responsible for two segregated pension funds, a member of the Greenwich Hospital Advisory Board, Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board for the Diversified Property Fund for Charities and a Trustee Director of Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme.

Stuart set up and was Managing Director of Grosvenor Fund Management, having previously been Managing Director at Legal and General Property Limited.

He has served on a number of property industry bodies and was on the board of The Unite Group plc for nine years.

Kathryn Davis

Treasury Committee Chair

Kathryn previously served on the Thames Valley Board and was Chair of the Group Treasury Committee and a member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee. A qualified solicitor, Kathryn was a corporate partner at city law firm Slaughter and May until 2013, having joined in 1987. There, she advised mainly FTSE 100/250 companies on a wide range of corporate, commercial and financing issues, both transactional and non-transactional.

Kathryn is an independent panel member interviewing prospective magistrates for the Ministry of Justice and Deputy Chair of the Council of Trustees of the Girls’ Day School Trust, one of the UK’s largest educational charities, where she chairs the Estates Committee and is a member of the Senior Appointments and Remuneration Committee. She also runs commercial awareness case study workshops for law students at the London School of Economics and mentors a number of trainee solicitors on a monthly basis for innovative legal training provider Accutrainee.

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 Resilience Commissioner for the city of Belfast.  Prior to this, she was Chief Executive of the ISPCC, the national child protection charity in Ireland, and previously 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 and is Chair of Remuneration and Nominations Committee.  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.

Jerry Piper

Jerry was previously a member of the Metropolitan Board and chaired the Customer Services Committee. Prior to that, he was a founder member of the MHT London Board and Customer First Committee.

Jerry is a long-term leaseholder at MTVH’s Canalside Housing Partnership in Shoreditch, where he played an active part in the successful regeneration scheme in various voluntary roles since its inception in 1998. Most notably, he saw the scheme through its 10-year journey to completion as Chair of its Community Board and remains a member of the Canalside Residents Association.

Jerry spent 35 years in passenger transport roles in London, including heading up bus operations and running a major London Underground line. He is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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

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.

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 non-executive director of McCarthy & Stone, 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.

Executive Team

  • 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 non-executive director of McCarthy & Stone, 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