Who leads Origin

Neil McCall - Chair

Neil is the Chief Executive Officer of Clarion group's housing association, Clarion Housing Association, which is the largest housing association in the country.  He has worked for the Clarion group and it’s predecessor organisations for 23 years and currently has overall responsibility for the delivery of landlord services; asset management/investment; customer services; housing management and resident involvement across 125,000 properties.

Previously Neil has been a non-executive director of Richmond Housing Partnership and MENCAP’s housing subsidiary, Golden Lane Housing, which he also chaired.  Neil is also currently a non-executive director of Reside Housing Association.

Neil is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds the Institute of Directors Certificate in Corporate Governance.








Nicky Wilden - Vice Chair

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 and is the Vice Chair, and Chair of the Governance Committee.


Carol Carter - Chief Executive

Carol Carter joined Origin as Chief Executive in April 2017.  She has over 30 years' experience in a wide range of roles and organisations across the housing sector with a track record of success in driving organisational change and delivering high-quality customer services; effective and efficient housing and property management and community investment; ensuring value for money and building strong external partnerships.  Prior to joining Origin, Carol was Group Director of Housing for six years at Hyde with responsibility for managing 50,000 homes.  Previously she worked for a range of housing associations, inner London and rural local authorities, as well as a three year period in consultancy, including experience at Savills. 

Carol holds a degree in Social Science and the Professional Qualification of the Institute of Housing.



Executive leadership

Chris Trebilcock - Director of Finance, BSc, FCA

Chris qualified as a chartered accountant with Binder Hamlyn and remained in public practice until 1992 when he joined British Rail, where he was involved in the privatisation of its rail freight business. He remained within the rail freight industry as financial controller of EWS until 2004. A period as a financial controller with Plan International was followed by a post as Group Business Support Director for Hanover Housing Association prior to joining Origin in November 2007.  Chris is also a Director of Housing Securities Ltd.


Gareth Jones - Director of Development & Assets, BSc (Hons) Surv, BA (Hons), MCIH

Gareth is a qualified Building Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in residential development work. He previously worked for PCHA in a range of development roles including Regional Development Manager and Head of Land & New Business, and at Genesis Housing Association, where he held the post of Assistant Director of Development before joining Origin as Development Director in early 2006. 


Richard Parkin – Director of Operations, BA (Hons)

Richard has over 10 years’ experience as a housing professional across both the public and private sector, complementing years of customer service experience within contact centres.  Prior to Origin he worked as the Head of Housing for Thurrock Council; Head of Neighbourhoods for Tower Hamlets Homes; and ran a large contact centre on behalf of Southwark Council.  Richard joined Origin in September 2016.


Brintha Kumar - Interim Director of Transformation, FIoD, BA (Hons), MBA

Brintha brings a wealth of multi sector experience and qualifications. She has an honours degree in Information Systems and Business Management and an MBA from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Brintha is passionate about leveraging capabilities in helping organisations transform and provide an enhanced service for its customers. She has held Director/Senior level transformation roles delivering large change initiatives at a number of FTSE 100 companies and local government including Royal Mail PLC, G4S PLC and London Development Agency. Brintha joined Origin in May 2018 as an Interim Director of Transformation with a cross organisational remit to lead IT and Business transformation. 


Other Origin Housing Board members:

Anne Bowers

Anne is a management consultant with more than 15 years of experience working with public sector bodies to improve delivery. She specialises 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 four years. Anne joined the Board in 2013. 


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 brand 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 Origin Board in March 2014. 


Mary Gibbons

Mary is the Chief Executive at Hundred Houses Society.  She has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years.  She is an experienced Director and housing professional, specialising in housing, regeneration, and care and support.  Mary was Executive Director of Strategy & Support at Swan Housing Association, and was also Managing Director of a commercial Care & Support company that gift aids its profit to Swan HA.  Mary has previous experience working as a voluntary Board Member for a charity specialising in support services for ex-offenders.  She joined the Board in December 2014.


Stephen Mutton

Stephen is an experienced housing professional, having undertaken senior leadership roles in two prominent housing organisations. He has previously worked at the political centre of two London local authorities, as well as at the House of Commons. Stephen lives in East London and is an Origin leaseholder. He joined the Board in April 2015.


Gordon Wright

Gordon is a senior finance executive with particular experience in the SME and Mid-Market sectors covering a range of industries including residential and commercial property development. In his last executive role he was the CEO of a financial services business regulated by the FCA. He is a chartered accountant by profession and was previously the Finance Director of a listed company engaged in residential property development primarily in London and the South East. He was later appointed a Non-Executive Director in that company serving on both the Audit and Remuneration Committees during this time.  He joined Origin Board in December 2015 and became Chair of Origin’s Audit Committee in 2016.


Julia Porter

Julia has over 25 years’ experience as a marketing and CRM professional.  In her executive career she has led a variety of subscriptions and ecommerce teams, using data and technology to build strong long-term relationships with her customers.  Her most recent executive experience was as Director of Consumer Revenues (subscriptions, ecommerce and CRM) at Guardian News and Media.  She now works as a consultant and adviser for data driven businesses and is also non-executive Chair of Direct Marketing Association. 


Chris Bond

Chris is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years' experience of developing and managing property in the public and private sector.  He has developed, let and sold over seven million sq ft of commercial and residential property in ‚ÄčEngland, Scotland and Wales, and been a Director of a national contractor developer, family-owned property /  venture capital company and various financial and infrastructure joint ventures.  Since 2012 he has been a property consultant working with public and private sector clients and joined the Origin Board in March 2017.  He is also Chair of Origin Investment Committee.


Bryan Ingleby

Bryan is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years' experience, predominantly in the public and not-for-profit sectors.  As a director with the National Audit Office he provided assurance to Parliament on the activities of a  number of government bodies, most notably the financial services regulatory bodies and other government owned companies.  He now has a range of independent and non-executive roles in the health, education, housing and local government sectors.  He joined Origin Board in March 2017 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.


Olivia Gadd

Olivia has enjoyed a varied career as a chartered marketer, accredited PR professional, and more recently in people and culture roles, including leadership development and executive coaching. She currently runs a consultancy focused on strategy and culture. Her experience includes a number of global executive positions, board membership and audit and risk chair for a global not-for-profit, and being a school governor. Olivia joined the Board in April 2018.