Our board members

We currently have nine Board members who give their time to the Association.

Emma Keegan – Housing Professional (Chair)

Emma has more than 20 years experience working in the housing sector, most recently as Managing Director – Rochford for Sanctuary Housing. She is an experienced board member who joined Keniston as Chair in 2019. She holds Post Graduate Diplomas in housing, management studies, and systems thinking and practice. Emma is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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 at Keniston 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. Peter became Co-Vice Chair at Keniston in 2015.

Barry Luhmann – Retail Banking / Financial Services Consultant (Chair of Audit and Risk Committee)

Barry runs his own consultancy focussing on U.K. retail banking & consumer lending. He has a deep knowledge of the UK residential mortgage market having worked in the retail financial services industry for 25 years, including 18 years at Lloyds Bank. Barry is a qualified accountant and holds a certificate in mortgage advice and practice. Barry is currently the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee 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 – Head of Strategy

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 risk management and 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 Keniston Board in 2014. In 2015, Seema was appointed as Head of Risk and Assurance at Action for Children, a national children’s charity, but more recently has taken up a position as Head of Strategy to lead on the delivery of the charity’s corporate strategy and business plan.

Sally Rice – Independent Housing Consultant

Sally currently works as an independent housing consultant. She previously worked for Moat, a leading South East Housing Association, in various senior positions and for the last 9 years as Director of Development. During this time she was responsible for the delivery of substantial new affordable housing programmes and estate regeneration projects. She has also worked for a major national developer in land acquisition and in Local Government. She is a qualified planner and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Sheila Sackey – Service Delivery Manager, Westminster Council

Sheila is an experienced local government practitioner with over 10 years industry experience in performance management improvement and commercialisation of public sector activities. As part of her current role at Westminster Council she is responsible for delivering the staff engagement plan for the Growth, Planning and Housing Department. In her previous role with Westminster Council, she was responsible for the monitoring 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  MSc in Public Policy and Management and a LLB Law degree.

Lucy Worrall – Research and Public Policy Manager, Peabody

Lucy has worked at Peabody, one of the oldest and largest Housing Associations in London, since November 2017. She is responsible for leading on Peabody’s strategic research programme and public policy work. Previously Lucy worked as a Consultant at Altair where she supported on a number of service, strategy and governance reviews.  Lucy has also achieved a distinction in her Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Practice at Westminster University.


We publish our Board minutes here.