Leadership 2025 Alumni and Success Stories

Since Leadership 2025 was launched in November 2017, there have been a number of success stories for the participants, namely:

  • The participants have the opportunity to have great presence in the sector media, specifically writing thought-provoking blogs on 24housing website. These can be found on the News and Views section of the website. The first cohort were profiled by Inside Housing magazine as leaders of the future.
  • Ben Laryea, one of the participants from the first cohort is now a CEO of Ekaya HA, whilst Chyrel Brown has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at One Housing. Samantha Herelle won the Professional of the Year award in the Women in Housing Awards in 2018. 
  • A number of participants have secured board positions and speaking slots at conferences and other networking events.
  • Jehan Weerasinghe, one of the participants on the second cohort, has been promoted to Director of Innovations at Glasgow Housing Association.
  • Alison Muir represents housing associations as a member of the Mayor for London’s Fuel Poverty Committee and Bunmi Atta has been appointed to the Skills for Londoners Construction Sub-Group.

See below the alumni members of Leadership 2025.

Toyin Falade

Sales and Marketing Director, One Housing Group

Sandip Shergill

Director of Procurement at Notting Hill Genesis

Sandy Sohal

Director of Homeowner Services, Guinness Partnership

Os Osman

Director of Home Ownership, Optivo

Jahanara Rajkoomar

Director of Community Investment, Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTVH)

Becky Utuka

Director of Development and Sales, Gateway Housing Association

Alison Muir

Previously Director of Resident Services, Peabody

Ben Laryea

Chief Executive, Ekaya Housing Association

Bunmi Atta

Construction Director, Optivo

Chyrel Brown

Chief Operating Officer, One Housing Group

Jacqueline Adusei

Previously Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive, YMCA West London

Samantha Herrelle

Director of Operations, Homes for Lambeth

Chatinder Bal

Residential Development Director, Metropolitan Thames Valley

Jehan Weerashinghe

Managing Director, Glasgow Housing Association

Makanjuola Akinyemi

Previously Director of Property Services, Gateway

Terence Wong

Strategic Commercial Director, L&Q

Yinka Bolaji

Executive Director, Property and Development, Wandle HA

Wasiu Fadahunsi

Investment Finance Director, Notting Hill Genesis

Vimal Gaglani

Director of Treasury & Financial Planning, Abri

Sahil Khan

Director of Community Investment, Catalyst

Marjorie James

Group Director of People, YMCA St Paul’s Group

Caroline Abomeli

Director of Communications, A2Dominion

Abi Jacobs

Director of Strategic Partnerships, L&Q