Who leads Origin
Chief Executive – Karen Wilson, BA (Hons), FCIH
Karen Wilson has been Chief Executive since November 2004. She has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Her career started in local government in Sheffield and Greenwich, managing inner-city high density estates and regeneration projects. Karen then spent 10 years at Metropolitan Housing Trust as Regional Director with responsibility for development and housing services, and latterly as Director of Planning and Operations, leading on corporate services, strategic planning and deputising for the CEO. Four years as Operations Director at English Churches Housing Group followed, leading the extensive supported housing and other businesses. Karen is also a Director and Trustee of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, and a Steering Group member for Placeshapers, the national alliance of community-based housing providers.
Karen works with an executive team that includes:
The Company Secretary for Origin Housing is Caroline Waterer.
Origin is led by a board of individuals who have a breadth of experience relevant to running an effective housing business. This includes residents and people committed to the affordable housing sector. The names and brief biographies are set out below.
Colin Sherriff - Chair
Colin has almost forty years’ experience in housing and is now working as a freelance coach and consultant, providing support and advice to Chief Executives and Boards of housing associations and voluntary organisations. He has been Chief Executive of Cordale HA, Somer Housing Group, Raglan HA, Parkside Housing Group and Windsor Housing. He is currently interim Director of Cordale HA, and has in the past been a local councillor in Haringey and a member of the Executive of the National Housing Federation. Colin joined the board in 2009,
Alison Lowton - Vice Chair
Alison is a solicitor and worked in London local government for many years, including eight years as Director of Law and Administration for LB of Camden. Since leaving Camden she undertook a variety of roles and was also Head of Governance and Legal for the General Social Care Council, the social work regulator for two years until it closed in July 2012. She now works as a consultant undertaking investigations and interim roles and joined the board at Origin in 2008 and acts as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Suzanne is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the corporate finance sector for 19 years where she acted as a financial advisor raising private equity and banking finance and acts as the Chair of the Audit Committee on our board. She now runs her own property management business and has several non-executive roles in charitable organisations, including the London Early Years Foundation, where she holds chairing roles on finance and audit committees. Suzzane joined the board in 2010.
Jolyon is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with some 20 years of experience in the financial services sector and the Chair of the Investment Committee. He has extensive experience as a Chief Finance Officer and 12 years of experience in investment banking, covering a wide range of products including equities, corporate finance and fund management. Jolyon currently has a portfolio of part-time and consultancy roles and has been a board member since 2010.
Other Origin Housing board members:
|Dayna Byfield: Dayna has 10 years’ experience working within the Corporate and SME business field. Along with being the principal of a Further Education Legal College she works as a freelance coach, mentor and business consultant; she is a successful entrepreneur, investing in and helping build individuals, businesses and organisations. She has been a committee member of a charity and works on a voluntary basis mentoring young people, vulnerable adults, and those who have aspirations but lack the support network to fulfil their potential. Dayna also has also worked in education, the legal field and Human Resource management. Dayna joined the board in 2012. As an Origin resident, Dayna brings a customer perspective to the Board’s work.
|Phillip Dawson: Phillip is a Director of Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, an award winning practice creating new homes for housing associations and developers. Phillip lives in Enfield. He is Chair of Governors at his local primary school and Churchwarden of his local Parish Church. He is Chairman of the Enfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind. He was previously a board member of SPH Housing. Phillip is one of the longest standing members of the Origin Housing board having joined in 2007.
|Mash Halai: Mash is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 20 years’ experience, the last 10 years in both the private and affordable housing sectors. Since 2006 he has been an Equity Partner at John Rowan and Partners and Head of Residential Development and Regeneration. He is responsible for the development and successful delivery of new build residential schemes delivering over 500 new homes per year. At main board level he is Deputy Chairman with responsibilities including implementing key business initiatives, new business innovations and reviewing the strategic direction of the business. Mash joined the Origin Housing board in March 2014. He is also a member of the Investment Committee.
|Anne Bowers: Anne is a management consultant with more than 15 years of experience working with public sector bodies to improve delivery. She specializes in the intersection between health and social care for adults and for children. She is associate director of PPL Consulting, having recently worked freelance for the past 4 years and is one of the most recent additions to the board having joined in 2013.
|Nicky Wilden: Nicky is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the property industry. Nicky’s roles have included Chief Finance Officer at one of the largest privately owned property companies in the UK, Corporate Finance Director of an Aim-listed property company, and director in the corporate finance teams of two of the top global property service providers. Nicky is a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of London & Continental Railways. She joined the Board in 2013.
|Karen Wilson: Karen is the Chief Executive of Origin Housing.