Our Board


Our Board meets five times a year and is responsible for:
  • Setting policy
  • Delegating to Committees and Executive
  • Setting strategic direction
  • Determining risk appetite
  • Monitoring performance
  • Ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
Origin’s Board delegates authority to four committees: Audit and Risk; Customer Services; Investment; and Remuneration and Nominations, as well as a Health and Safety Oversight Group. You can read more about our committees here. 
 
The Board is made up of nine Non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director. The inclusion of an Executive Director allows the Board to be better informed of day-to-day operations, while treating the Executive as a true partner rather than a subordinate. As a result, the Board may make better, more effective decisions. 
 
Neil McCall - Chair


Neil is a qualified chartered director and a fellow of the Chartered institute of Housing. He has over thirty years’ experience of social housing with much of it at senior level.

In 2019 Neil retired from his last role as Chief Operating Officer with Clarion and is currently also a board director with Reside Housing Association.


Declared interests: Neil is currently a Non-Executive Director of Reside Housing Association. He was also Interim Chief Operating officer to Sovereign Housing Association between November 2020 and April 2021.
Committee membership: Neil is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee as well as being the Chair of the Health and Safety Oversight Group.

 

Bryan Ingleby - Vice Chair

 

 

 

Bryan joined the Board in March 2017. He 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.

Declared interests: Bryan is a Non-Executive Director at Raven Housing Trust; a Non-Executive member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; member of the Board of Alliance for Better Care Ltd; and Chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel, Surrey County Council. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust; and Vice-Chair of First Community Health and Care CIC.

Committee membership: Bryan is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and sits on the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meena Anand



Meena joined the Board in September 2020. She has recently returned to London after almost a decade in Asia and the Middle East.  A seasoned Human Resources leader by background, Meena has operated at the c-suite level for over a decade for some of the best known FTSE 30 organisations.  She is a passionate disruptor often sought to write, speak and comment upon next-gen HR. Her articles have recently been published in several magazines.  In addition to her non-executive role at Origin, Meena is a Trustee of a local Multi Academy Trust covering three secondary schools in and around East London and a Board Advisor to Human Resources Online, a magazine aimed at senior HR professionals across Asia. Meena is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel, is a qualified Organisation Development Practitioner and executive coach.

Declared interests: Meena is a Board Trustee at Community Schools Trust, a Non-Executive Director at Central and North West London NHS Trust and a Board Mentor at LeadWomen, a Malaysia based consulting firm.
Committee membership: Meena is Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.
 

Vicky Bonner

Vicky joined the Board in October 2019. She is an experienced housing professional and is the Director of Housing at Clarion Housing Association.  She has responsibility for housing management, resident involvement, allocations, supported housing and clienting the repairs service across 125,000 properties. She is particularly interested in how to drive improvements in resident satisfaction throughout the whole organisation. Vicky has over 25 years’ experience in the housing sector and began her career in housing by studying for an MSc in Housing and Social Policy at the LSE.

Declared interests: Vicky is Director/Secretary for Danisa LTD and Danisa Developments.
Committee membership: Vicky sits on the Customer Services Committee.

Caron Bradshaw









Caron Bradshaw joined Origin’s Board in September 2021. She is Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group. She joined CFG in June 2010 from the ICAEW, where she was Head of the Charity and Voluntary Sector and had been secretary to a number of committees including the Social Housing Committee. In addition to supporting a number of small charities and community organisations Caron has been a member of the NCVO’s National Assembly, sits on the Charities SORP Committee, has sat on a number of government working parties, is a member of the Church of England Pension Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and the Finance and Risk committee of the British Asian Trust. Caron is a trained Barrister and has a wide array of experience across social change/charity, regulation & law, policy, member support, and professional ethics. 
Caron is an avidly ‘social’ CEO and was been named in the top 30 social CEOs in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2015 she was named Charity Principal of the Year at the Charity Times Awards. In 2016 she received the Association Excellence Award for Leadership. She was named in the top 30 UK social influences in Risk, Compliance and Regtech 2017 and in the Charity Times top 25 Influencers in the charity sector 2019. In October 2020, Caron was named Woman of the Year (non-CCAB) at the Women in Finance and Accountancy Awards.
Caron was honoured with an OBE for 'services to charity' in the New Year's Honours list 2021.  

Declared interests: Caron is CEO of Charity Finance Group. She is a Director and Trustee for the Directory of Social Change and a Director and Trustee for the Together Charitable Foundation. Caron is also a member of the Finance and Risk Committee for the British Asian Trust and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Church of England’s Pension Board.
Committee membership: Caron is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.


Carol Carter - Group Chief Executive Officer




Carol Carter joined Origin as Chief Executive in April 2017.  She has over 40 years' experience in a wide range of roles and organisations across the housing sector with experience in driving organisational change and delivering high-quality services to residents; 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 has chaired the National Housing Federation’s executive advisory group - the London Leaders Forum – since 2017.
She holds a degree in Social Science and the Professional Qualification of the Institute of Housing.

Declared interests: Carol is a trustee and Vice Chair of P3, a national housing-related support services charity, a member of the Placeshapers Ltd Board and of the Euston Town Business improvement District Board
Committee membership: None


Robert Green
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Bob joined the Board in September 2019. He is a Qualified Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in senior financial and general management roles including Finance Director of a FTSE 250 property company.

Declared interests: Bob was a Non-Executive Director of both Milton Keynes University and Bedford Hospitals and Chairman of Milton Keynes Development Partnership. He is currently a trustee of the Parks Trust Milton Keynes.
Committee membership: Bob is a member of the Investment Committee.

 

Abi Jacobs 
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Abi joined the Board in October 2021. She is an experienced housing professional and is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at London & Quadrant Housing Trust. She has responsibility for assisting forty- five smaller housing associations in London with building new homes.
She is passionate about collaboration and partnership working; driving a one team culture. Abi has over 25 years’ experience in the construction and housing sector; she is members of the Chartered Institute of Building and Association of Project Managers. She holds an MBA degree from Keele University.
Declared Interests: Abi is an ambassador for Women in Social Housing and a member of Prince’s Trust. She also volunteers for a charity called On A Silver Plate
 
Committee membership: Abi is a member of the Investment committee

 

Jane Ryland

Jane joined the Board in September 2021. She has been an Origin resident for over 27 years. She has two grown up sons and a wonderful elderly dog. Over the years she has been on many resident panels and most recently was the chair of Origin’s Spotlight panel. She believes that having a home which is safe and secure and kept to a good standard is vital to peace of mind, and that it is important for residents to work with Origin to help shape the resident living experience and to be able to have a say in what happens.
 
Declared interests: None.
Committee membership: Jane is a member of the Customer Services Committee.

Argiri Papathos

Argiri joined the Board in October 2019. She is the Director of Governance and Compliance for Catalyst Housing. She is supporting the organisation to deliver its core business activities in a way that is compliant with relevant regulation and legislation. Her career has been focused in social housing and local government where she has led on building teams and inspiring high levels of engagement. 

Prior to joining Catalyst, Argiri led multi-disciplinary corporate services teams, including Company Secretariat, People, Information Technology, Data Governance, and Business Transformation. Argiri’s accomplishments include revitalising the approach to internal customer care, resulting in efficient services and improved satisfaction.
Argiri’s experience includes appointments as non-executive director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Origin Housing, Advisor to the Audit Committee for the Royal College of Nursing and mentor with the Leadership 2025 charity. Argiri is a Fellow of the RSA.

Declared interests: Argiri is Director of Governance and Compliance at Catalyst Housing and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Royal College of Nursing.
Committee membership: Argiri is a member of Origin’s Audit and Risk Committee and the Health and Safety Oversight Group.

Independent Committee Members

Tony  Bacon


Tony joined the Investment Committee in September 2020. He has over 25-years’ experience in construction, development and asset management, and has held a number of executive and senior management positions within the housing sector. He is currently Development Director for Central & Cecil Housing Trust, and prior to that was Director of Development & Asset Management at the Salvation Army Housing Association. He also worked at L&Q Group for over 10-years on a variety of major mixed-use development, regeneration and asset renewal projects. 
Tony has an honours degree in Quantity Surveying, and MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution from King’s College. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law and the Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB).
Declared interests: Development Director for Central & Cecil Housing Trust.
Committee membership: Tony is a member of the Investment Committee.