David Hunter, as the new Chair, has been in housing throughout his career, seeing a wide variety of the sector, including working for organisations in residential sales and lettings, local authority housing, Housing Association’s and the For-Profit Registered Provider sector. He is a champion of resident interests and the voice of the customer and has worked throughout his career to involve residents in the development of operational services and governance. David is currently Resident Services Director at The Hyde Group and Vice Chair of Loddon Homes.
David commented “I’m looking forward to playing my part in steering Mount Green to meet the challenge set down by the Board and Executive. This will put our residents at the heart of our thinking and ensure the services we offer are focused towards delivering homes they can thrive in, in areas where they most need them. These are challenging times for our sector, but I am confident that under the leadership of Bill, the Executive and the Board, we have a team focused on building on Mount Green’s rich history and providing homes to the communities we serve for many years to come”.
Peter Gardiner, as the new Vice-Chair, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and is the Resources Director and Deputy CEO at Ability Housing. He has a wide range of experience in Housing, Construction and other sectors, working for almost 40 years in the UK, Europe and the US; including strong Board experience, having previously been Chair of Thrive Homes and working as Director of Financial Services at Southern Housing Group.
Peter told us “I am looking forward to working with the Board and the Executive to build on the hard work and strong foundations established by previous colleagues, and ensure a bright future for Mount Green and its residents.”
David retired from Legal & General Investment Management, the largest fund management group in the UK, in 2016 having spent 35 years as an equity and fixed income analyst. During that period he covered a large range of sectors including the Housing Association sector. Until recently, he was a member of MORhomes’ Credit Committee, a new lender to the Housing Association sector. He joined the Mount Green Board in July 2018.
Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and has a degree in architecture. He has been working in the construction industry for over 40 years, with major contractors and developers in both the private and public sectors. His considerable experience as a Construction Director for house builders and property companies will be important in supporting our Development programme. Mike became a Board member in 2018 and also sits on the Audit and Risk Committee.
Alison has expertise at senior level in change and transformation management as well as considerable experience in delivering extensive IT projects. Having worked in a number of sectors Alison brings valuable commercial expertise to the board. In addition, Alison runs more than one business including a small family property company.
Allison joined Mount Green’s Board in January 2017. Allison is a qualified Management Accountant and she is the Head of Housing for Zurich Municipal. Allison has in excess of 20 years of commercial business experience both at home and internationally. Allison also holds a non-executive role with an insurance broker.
Agnieszka is a qualified architect and has worked in the UK since 2015.
She joined the Board as a Resident Board Member in late 2020, and is excited to become part of the residents’ community.
She has also been asked to join the Development and Acquisitions Committee, which she was pleased to accept.
Jill’s professional experience spans 30 years working internationally in several roles including as a programme director, legal counsellor, therapist, expert witness, social worker, consultant, police trainer, and systems auditor. Across these roles, Jill specialised in domestic, family and sexual violence and has extensive knowledge in these areas.
Jill has also acted as an advisor and trainer for the UK Judicial studies board, and as an advisor for the Home Office, Government Office for London, London Mayor’s Office and the Association of London Governments.
Jill currently works as Head of Fundraising and Development for a London housing association. She is still involved in the work of various international charitable organisations and has been awarded honorary lifetime board membership for several organisations in America in recognition of her contribution to work in the fields of domestic violence and violence against women and girls, and the improvement of conditions and rights of women in prison.
Kel Swinnerton joins the Board as a Non-Executive Director, bringing strong legal credentials having qualified as a lawyer in England and Wales and then in the State of California. He worked in City of London private practice before heading up the Legal Departments of BUPA International and Canada Life in the UK and has broad legal, regulatory and governance experience. He now sits as a Fee-paid Judge in several chambers of the First-tier Tribunal.
Kel said “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Mount Green at an exciting time and very much look forward to supporting the team and to contributing to the progress that Mount Green continues to make”.