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.

Our pool of mentors includes the following sector leaders:

Sebert Cox OBE

Chairman of the Karbon Homes Group

Sebert is currently Chairman of the Karbon Homes Group, a major housing association with over 29,000 homes across the Northeast and York.
He has a wealth of experience of the housing association sector having previously been Chairman of the Places for People Group and of its predecessor Board (North British Housing Group). As Chairman he led the organisation through several strategic changes, making it one of the UK’s leading housing and regeneration agencies. He has also been Chairman of the Probation Association Limited and Chairman of Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust.
Sebert is currently a Non-Executive Director on the National Housing Federation Board; Executive Chairman of Key Real Estate Limited (T/A Key Homes) and Non-Executive Director of Bagnall Court Limited – a joint venture Housing provider.
In 1994 he was appointed OBE for services to the Home Office where he was Development Advisor in the Probation Directorate for over 11 years.

Ann Santry

Chair of Barnwood Trust

Ann is an experienced NED and CEO. Until June 2018 she was CEO of Sovereign Housing, a top 10 housing association, where she led the growth of the business from 11,000 to 56,000 homes, delivering turnover of £335m p.a and an annual development programme of 1200 new homes.
Ann has significant experience in housing development and management, strategy, leadership, corporate governance, M&A and change management; she is also a qualified coach.
Ann was Deputy Chair of the National Housing Federation from 2009-2012 and is currently Chair of the Barnwood Trust. She also holds NED positions on the States of Jersey Development Company and MOR Homes PLC and in 2017 she was identified as one of Cranfield's "100 Women to Watch".

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Montague


David Montague has been Chief Executive of L&Q since February 2008.
In 2013 David was elected to the NHF board and awarded a CBE for services to housing in London.

David was recently the Chair of the g15 who represent London’s 15 largest housing associations, providing homes for one in ten Londoners and one quarter of all new building. In this capacity he was a member of Sadiq Khan’s Homes for Londoners Board.

David is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He writes and speaks on housing issues and publishes regular blog posts on this website.

Paul Hackett

CEO, Optivo

Paul is Chief Executive of Optivo. Prior to the launch of Optivo, Paul led AmicusHorizon as CEO since 2012. Paul has worked in the housing association sector since 1989. Before joining AmicusHorizon, Paul was Executive Director: Development and New Business with Moat.

He led Moat's new build and sales programmes and led the merger with Bourne Housing Society. He also oversaw a number of major regeneration projects, including Moat’s first PFI. Paul has also led a number of large and complex regeneration projects and stock transfers whilst working at L&Q.

Paul is former Chair of g15 – the group of London’s 15 largest housing associations. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is also a Board member of Gallions Housing Association.

Olu Olanrewaju

Associate, Altair

Olu is currently an associate of Altair's and was Executive Director of Operations at L&Q. Previously, Olu was at East Thames, having been there since December 2013 to lead the Communities and Neighbourhoods directorate.

Olu was Interim Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods from October 2013 and was a member of East Thames’ board from 2001 to 2008, first as Chair of East Homes, an operating subsidiary, then as Vice Chair of the Group. He has two decades of experience in housing, including senior roles at several housing associations such as Midland Heart, Genesis and Radian. He is also on the board of a small housing charity and is a trustee at Common Purpose.

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.

Geeta Nanda

CEO, Metropolitan Thames Valley HA

Geeta joined Thames Valley Housing as CEO in 2008 and moved to Metropolitan Housing Association in October 2017 as CEO. Geeta has worked in the housing sector for 28 years working for a number of Housing Associations in London. Geeta set up Fizzy Living the market rent venture with sovereign investors in 2013 and received an OBE for her services in social housing in the same year. She is a Non-Executive Director at McCarthy & Stone Plc and was previously Vice Chair of Scope and joins the NHF Board in September 2017. She has served on several commissions including the Fairness Commission for London. Geeta is currently the Vice Chair of g15.

Victor da Cunha

CEO, Curo

Victor joined Curo in 2011, having been operations director at a London-based housing association for a number of years. Since then he has overseen the creation of Curo, transforming and streamlining the group structure and its business services.

Victor currently serves on a number of partner organisations' boards and committees, including Bath Tourism Plus and the Public Services Board. He is also active on the Chamber of Commerce, where he sits on their executive committee, and on the National Housing Federation's South West Regional Committee.

Helen Evans

CEO, Network

Helen joined Network in 2010 as Director of London Operations becoming Chief Executive in September 2011. Network has since established itself as a top ten developing housing association. Helen is the current Chair of g15 – the group of London’s 15 largest housing associations.

Rita Akushie

CFO, Cancer Research UK

Rita is currently the CFO at Cancer Research UK. Rita was previously Finance Director at TVHA, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of the London-based Newlon Housing Trust. Before that, she worked for Gateway Housing, Springboard Housing and Family Housing.

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.


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