Our board members
We currently have nine Board members.
Board members give their time to the Association without pay.
Julian Miles – Housing Manager (Chair)
After reading law at university, Julian has worked in the housing sector for a range of housing providers for over 15 years. He has undertaken a variety of senior and strategic roles, delivering housing and support services. Julian is passionate about increasing the influence of residents within housing organisations and is a firm believer of the importance of small Registered Providers delivering high quality and relevant local services. Julian joined the board in 2010 and was appointed as Chair in 2015.
Shehla Husain – Deputy Director, Home Office (Co-Vice Chair)
Shehla works for the Home Office on national resilience in the Fire sector. Prior to this Shehla worked for the Department for Communities and Local Government for 10 years. During her time there Shehla took the Housing and Regeneration Bill through Parliament to Royal Assent in 2008; set up the Homes and Communities Agency; and delivered the Supporting People Programme. Previously, Shehla worked for two other Government Departments; the Housing Corporation; and charities. Shehla became Co-Vice Chair in 2015.
Peter Voisey – Solicitor (Co-Vice Chair)
Peter is a qualified solicitor of over 28 years’ standing and has been practising as a partner in a large City law firm for many years, specialising in capital markets and finance. His practice includes advising on bond issues and related finance transactions for housing associations. He is Co-Vice Chair at Keniston and also serves as a trustee and treasurer of a Law Centre in north London.
Barry Luhmann – Head of UK Mortgage Market Intelligence, international asset management company (Treasurer)
Barry is Head of UK Mortgage Intelligence at Black Rock Asset Management. He has a deep knowledge of the UK residential mortgage market having worked in the retail financial services industry for 20 years, including 18 years at Lloyds Bank. Barry is a qualified accountant and holds a certificate in mortgage advice and practice. Barry is currently Treasurer at Keniston.
Simone Bailey – Director of Train Service Provider
Simone is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has worked at Abellio Greater Anglia Ltd (a train operating company) as Asset Management Director since 2012. As Asset Management Director she has full responsibility for improving customer satisfaction and driving value from 132 stations across East Anglia. Prior to that she worked at Network Rail Property as Retail Director and then Commercial Director.
Seema Jassi – Risk and Assurance Manager
Seema spent a number of years working in the NHS as a clinical auditor and has a Master’s degree in mental health studies. She transitioned to a career in social housing in 2008 where she led on a range of compliance functions across three providers. Seema observed the crucial support offered by housing associations to families and individuals in significant housing need during this period, and upholds and endorses the values of such organisations, and this prompted her to join the Board in 2014. Most recently, Seema was appointed as Risk and Assurance Manager within a national children’s charity.
Anthony Mills – Retired Deputy Head Gardener
Anthony, and his family, have been Keniston tenants for 30 years and joined the Board in 2009. He has been an NHS gardener since 1984 and recently retired in 2016, he is a member of the Arboricultural Association, technician grade; his passion is trees. He also volunteers with a conservation group which manages the local woodland on behalf of the council. Since retirement he has undertaken TUC training to qualify under the Employment Relations Act 2004 as a Steward for Unison to act as a trade union representative for members in the workplace.
Sheila Sackey – Housing Revenue Account Contract and Performance Manager, Westminster Council
Sheila is an experienced local government practitioner, policy and contract manager with over 10 years industry experience in performance management improvement and commercialisation of public sector activities. As part of her current role with Westminster Council, she has responsibility for the monitoring of its housing management provider, CityWest Homes. Sheila’s track record includes improving operational effectiveness and performance across a number of services in multi-stakeholder environments by 19% and she has successfully assisted CityWest Homes to reduce their complaints numbers by more than 50%. In her previous role, she worked on Licensing policy and Private Sector Housing policy with the Local Government Association. She has an LLB Law degree and is currently studying part-time for her MSc in Public Policy and Management.
Lucy Worrall – Consultant, Altair Consultancy and Advisory Services
Lucy has worked at Altair since June 2014. In her role, she has supported on a number of service, strategy and governance reviews. Previously, Lucy worked as a Research and Performance Analyst at one of the largest housing providers in London, Essex and the South East, where she led on several key research, policy, procedure and strategy reviews. Lucy has also achieved a distinction in her Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Practice at Westminster University.
We publish our Board minutes here.