Mentors & Masterclasses

In addition to the Leadership 2025 Core Programme and the Strategic Leadership Programme, participants will have access to high quality mentoring support and master classes for technical skills such as Finance and Treasury, Development and Executive performance in the Board room.

Previously, our pool of mentors has included the following sector leaders:

Aman Dalvi OBE MSc CMCIH FRSA

Chair, Homes for Haringey

Aman Dalvi has worked in Housing and related sectors for almost 40 years. Aman has worked as a Chief Executive for three different organisations. He was also Executive Director for Planning & Regeneration in a London Local Authority.

Aman has chaired a number of organisations which include the Anchor Trust and PA Housing. He is currently Chair of Homes for Haringey and Goram Homes which is a DevCo based in Bristol. Aman Dalvi has also served on the Boards of English Partnerships and the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
Since retiring from full time work in 2017, Aman has been working for Canary Wharf Group and Henley Homes as a Consultant

Argiri Papathos

Executive Director and Company Secretary, RHP Group

Argiri, an experienced social housing leader, is the Executive Director of Corporate Services and Company Secretary for RHP. Previously, Argiri headed the Governance and Compliance function for the Peabody Group, following leading on the merger with Catalyst in 2023, where she held a similar role.

Argiri’s experience includes appointments as Board Member for Origin Housing, Advisor to the Audit Committee for the Royal College of Nursing and Advisory Board Member for Connex Leadership Networks. Argiri is a Fellow of the RSA.

Brendan Sarsfield

CEO, Peabody

Brendan is now CEO of Peabody following the merger with Family Mosaic. Brendan was previously the CEO of Family Mosaic at its point of merger in 2006. He joined Mosaic Homes in 2001 as Chief Executive.

Prior to that Brendan was a Director at Family HA for seven years. He spent five years at London & Quadrant as a senior manager and has also worked in local government.

Carol Matthews

CEO, Riverside

Carol Matthews is the Group CEO of Riverside since February 2012, following five years as Chief Executive of Guinness Northern Counties, part of the Guinness Partnership.

Originally from Glasgow, Carol’s career began in housing with Sheffield City Council as a management officer collecting rent door to door and managing a patch. She also worked for Burnley and Bristol Councils prior to joining Northern Counties in 1993, ultimately becoming Chief Executive in 2007.

Carol sat on the Board of the National Housing Federation for seven years and is still involved at a regional level. She also served on the Audit Commission’s National Housing and Regeneration panel.

Geeta Nanda

CEO, Metropolitan Thames Valley HA

Geeta Nanda OBE is Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley housing association, and serves as a non-executive director of Redrow plc and PRS REIT plc. She serves on the government’s Older People’s Housing Taskforce and the advisory board for Homewards the Princes of Wales’ homelessness initiative. Geeta is a former board member of the National Housing Federation and Chair of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations.

In 2013, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing.

Helen Evans

Deputy CEO, SNG

Helen was CEO of Network Homes between September 2011 and October 2023. Network merged with Sovereign HA in October 2023 to form the Sovereign Network Group and Helen became Deputy CEO. SNG owns and manages 85,000 across London and the South East

Julia Porter

Board member, Origin Housing

Julia Porter is an experienced advisor, mentor and board director.

Her non-executive career includes the Boards of DMA (as Chair and as architect of the revised DMA Code of Practice), Safestyle plc (replacement windows) and Freeview (UK’s largest free to air digital TV platform).

Her consulting roles includes accessible practitioner led GDPR advice plus strategic advice for business starts ups as well as marketing and CRM/data strategy consulting.

Her executive experience includes stints at Guardian News & Media, Getty Images, ITV and IPC Magazines. At the Guardian she was responsible for the Award winning campaign "Why Your Data Matters".

She holds an MBA from London Business School.

Mark Henderson

CEO, Home Group

Mark is Chief Executive of Home Group, with 55,000 homes under management across Scotland and England and one of the largest providers of supported housing, working with 26,000 vulnerable people in nearly 500 services.

Home Group has a turnover of some £350 million per annum and was voted the UK's best Landlord and best Housing Association in 2014 and 2016.

Mark is a Board Member for the National Housing Federation and former Chair of Homes for the North.

Mark Washer

Chief Executive, Sovereign Housing Association

Mark joined Sovereign Housing Association as Chief Executive in June 2018. Previously he had been Chief Financial Officer at Clarion Housing Group, a position he had held for 17 years.

Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte's. Soon after that he joined the housing sector at Circle 33, and subsequently worked for sector consultancy Chapman Hendy Associates.

Outside of his executive roles, Mark was a Board member of the National Housing Federation until 2017, where he was Vice Chair. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Citizens Advice nationally, where he was Treasurer and chaired the Audit and Risk Committee.

Paul Hackett

CEO, Southern Housing

Paul is CEO of Southern Housing. Prior to the launch of Southern Housing, he held the same positions at Optivo from 2017 and led AmicusHorizon as CEO from 2012. Before becoming CEO of AmicusHorizon, he spent four years as Chief Operating Officer and oversaw the transformation of service delivery.

Paul has worked in the housing association sector since 1989. Before joining AmicusHorizon, Paul was Executive Director, Development and New Business with Moat. Prior to that, he spent eight and a half years at L&Q, where he led a number of large and complex regeneration projects and stock transfers.

Paul is an Honorary Professor at the UCL Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and a member of the Bartlett's Independent Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Chartered Institute of Housing, and is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

Between 2017-19 Paul was Chair of G15 and a member of the Homes for Londoners Board. Paul was awarded a CBE for services to social housing.

Richard Hill

Group Chief Executive Officer, One Housing

Richard joined One Housing as Group Chief Executive in September 2017. He has a passion for housing and is hugely experienced having held numerous senior leadership positions in the sector. Before joining One Housing he led Spectrum Housing for three years as chief executive, taking the organisation into a merger with Sovereign Housing . Before Spectrum he held a number of senior roles at the housing regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency. These included Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Programmes, where he had responsibility for a range of high profile housing and research programmes and an annual investment fund of £5 billion.

Tracey Lees

Chief Executive, Wandle HA

Tracey Lees became Wandle Housing Association's Chief Executive in March 2015. Tracey joined Wandle from the Barnet Group (including Barnet Homes) where she had been the CEO since 2008.

She has worked for more than 30 years in social housing for a number of Local Authorities, Registered Providers and ALMOs, and has a very broad knowledge of all aspects of Wandle’s business.

Victor da Cunha

CEO, Curo

Vic joined Curo as Chief Executive in 2011. His initial focus was on integrating three housing associations into one organisation with a clear customer service ethos. From these foundations, Curo was formed as a re-energised, social purpose driven housing association and housebuilder.

Vic is Chair of Local Space Housing Association, which provides high quality temporary housing for homeless families in East London and chairs the National Housing Federation's National Diversity, Equalities & Inclusion Group.