Jackie Odunoye has 25 years’ experience in Housing. She has worked for both local authorities and for a housing regeneration company and has been a board member of two community-based housing associations. Since leaving London Borough of Redbridge in December 2020, where she had been Director of Housing, she has continued to work on several housing projects. Jackie was an active member of London Council’s Housing Directors for several years and was Co-Chair in 2019-2020; she took a particular interest in housing issues relating to domestic violence and asylum seekers. She is currently the Chair of Capital Letters, which was established by a group of London boroughs to develop new ways of providing good quality accommodation for homeless families. She joined the Board as Chair in 2021.
Helen Cope has worked in housing since 1976. She was Chief Executive of the East Thames Group in East London, a former chair of the National Housing Federation and Stratford Development Partnership, and until 2017 Chair of Yarlington Housing Group in Somerset. She’s well respected across the housing sector and has written extensively on housing and public policy. She joined Gateway’s Board in 2018.
Bala Mahendran has worked in Local Government since 1986. He was Chief Executive of Basildon Borough Council and former Chair of the Essex Chief Executive Association and the Basildon Community Safety Partnership. He was also the Deputy Chair of Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT). He is very much interested in housing, regeneration, achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He joined the Gateway Board in October 2020.
Kirsty is Chief Executive of The Mayor's Fund for London. Prior to that she was Chief Executive at the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA). She joined Gateway’s Board in October 2017, and brings experience working cross sector, with expertise in employment, education, regeneration, housing and welfare reform, disability and social sector issues.
Sultana Begum is a teacher and works for Greenwich Council. As a Gateway tenant, Sultana was a member of the Scrutiny Panel and joined Gateway’s Board in January 2017.
Shyam has held senior finance and operational positions across a variety of industries and most recently was UK CFO at Allen & Overy. He joined the Board in 2020.
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Mark has worked in the housing association sector for over 25 years, specialising in development. Most recently he was Executive Director for Development & Sales at Optivo. He joined Gateway’s Board in 2018.
Frances joined the Board in 2019. She won the Tower Hamlets STAR award for Community Resident Engagement. She was an active member of the Repairs & Maintenance Leaseholder panel and has over 20 years experience in delivering community nutrition intervention programmes.
Nigel Wiles is a Chartered Building Surveyor and has worked in housing since 1984. Specialising in asset management and building safety, with a passion for delivering great maintenance services for residents. Most recently, Nigel was Director of Asset Management and Maintenance Strategy at L&Q Housing Trust. Nigel joined Gateway’s Board in 2020.