Proposed leadership - Shadow Executive Team

Last updated - 15 December 2017

To help us prepare to become a new organisation, senior figures from both Notting Hill Housing and Genesis have been appointed to shadow positions on a new board and executive board. The executive board will be responsible for the day-to-day running of our proposed new organisation. Their work will be overseen by the board, which will ensure that the organisation is run in an ethical manner to meet our residents’ needs.
Kate Davies - Chief Executive (designate)

Kate Davies - Chief Executive (designate)

Kate joined Notting Hill Housing in 2004 following roles as Chief Executive of Servite Housing and Director of Housing at Brighton and Hove City Council. 

She also has experience in senior roles in the private and voluntary sectors. She has two degrees, and qualifications in housing management (MCIH) and in housing association development.

Kate is also a non-executive director with the National House Building Council.

Elizabeth Froude - Deputy Chief Executive (designate)

Elizabeth Froude - Deputy Chief Executive (designate)

Elizabeth has been at Genesis Housing Association for the last five years, where she joined to help deliver the Genesis Way transformation project. She started at Genesis as Finance Director, was quickly promoted to the position of Executive Director, Resources and in 2016, was appointed Deputy Chief Executive. As well as retaining her previous Executive responsibilities, responsibility for repairs and maintenance, customer experience, neighbourhoods and care & support services were added to her portfolio. She was appointed Deputy Chief Executive (Designate) of what will be Notting Hill Genesis in summer 2017.

She came in to the housing world to support the first three-way merger in the sector, with the formation of Radian Group. Following that successful process, she remained in the merged group for six years as they continued the transformation process.

Her senior-level experience prior to her work in housing was gained in a variety of finance based roles, with a strong focus on commerciality and change management.

Andy Belton - Chief Operating Officer (designate)

Andy Belton - Chief Operating Officer (designate)

Andy is the Chief Operating Officer / Deputy Chief Executive at NHH and a co-opted member of the Notting Hill Housing Trust Board. As COO, Andy has held executive responsibility for all of NHH’s operational businesses.

He has recently taken on the role to lead a two-year transformation of NHH’s customer services through a programme (called WorkWise) of automation and efficiency measures.

Andy has a 30-year track record of successfully leading large diverse teams in the private and public sectors. Before joining NHH in 2002, Andy spent 20 years in the IT industry, latterly in the Netherlands as Managing Director of European shared services for a large US IT company - Unisys.

Carl Byrne - Group Director of Housing (designate)

Carl Byrne - Group Director of Housing (designate)

Carl has been with Genesis since 2013, leading on customer experience and housing operations and delivering sustained improvements in performance over that time. He oversees Gensis’ social & affordable, keyworker, Customer Contact Centre and leasehold business.

Previously Head of Customer Services at Richmond Housing Partnership, he has achieved national recognition for creating outstanding customer experiences across a range of services and channels.

Before moving to the UK, he held senior management roles in regional enterprise development and community investment in Ireland. She also has experience in senior roles in the private and voluntary sectors. She has two degrees, and qualifications in housing management (MCIH) and in housing association development.

John Hughes - Group Director of Development

John Hughes - Group Director of Development

John is currently Group Development Director at NHH, after joining from Genesis where he was Deputy Development Director. He has 20 years’ experience in housing development and regeneration, including managing the largest Housing Corporation funded programme, over £200 million of Social Housing Grant and a substantial pipeline of properties for sale.

He was previously at NHH for eight years where he held positions including Director of New Business and Director of Maintenance.

Paul Phillips - Group Finance Director (designate)

Paul Phillips - Group Finance Director (designate)

Paul has a strong track record in finance and housing. He joined NHH in November 2004 from Servite Housing, where he was Finance Director for eight years and notably led on their first Private Finance Initiative project. Paul has also worked at Knightstone Housing Association, which was at the time the fastest developing association in the South West.


Paul has held posts at the United Kingdom Housing Trust, the Housing Corporation and London Transport. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from the University of Bath.

Jeremy Stibbe - Group Director of Regeneration and Strategic Asset Management (designate)

Jeremy Stibbe - Group Director of Regeneration and Strategic Asset Management (designate)

Jeremy Stibbe was appointed as Genesis Executive Director Assets & Investment in the autumn of 2016. Previously Genesis Regeneration Director, Jeremy has responsibility to deliver on 5,000 new homes over the course of the Corporate Strategy lifecycle.


Jeremy is a highly experienced senior housing and regeneration leader. He has held positions at other G15 housing associations, including L&Q and Network. Before joining Genesis, Jeremy was Executive Director, Development at Peabody – a position through which he kick-started the Thamesmead regeneration scheme and established their award-winning sales brand.

Vipul Thacker - Group Director of Central Services (designate)

Vipul Thacker - Group Director of Central Services (designate)

Vipul has held the post of Director of Corporate Planning and Performance at Genesis for three years. Previously, he was Head of Compliance and had a leading role on the successful delivery of the Genesis Way transformation project, which enabled £13 million worth of efficiencies across the business.

Vipul has held a number of key roles in local authority housing departments and for what was the Audit Commission.

Vipul is the organisational lead for the co-ordination of delivery of the Corporate Strategy. He was also project lead for the previous merger attempt with Thames Valley Housing Association.

Mark Vaughan - Group Director of Commercial Services (designate)

Mark Vaughan - Group Director of Commercial Services (designate)

Mark is the Group Director of Commercial Services at NHH. He joined in 2003.

Mark’s remit covers Notting Hill Home Ownership (shared ownership, private sales and leasehold management), Home Options (temporary housing), Folio London (market rent), student lets and commercial properties – which together account for around 60% of the Group’s £350m turnover. Mark is also responsible for the asset management team, which invests around £50m a year on stock maintenance and improvement and the service improvement and delivery teams.

Mark spent three years as the Group Director for Housing at NHH. Before that he was the Managing Director of Notting Hill Home Ownership (2010-2013).