Who we are

The chief executives of our members lead the g15. They are:


Paul Hackett Paul Hackett, Optivo (Chair)
Paul is Chief Executive of Optivo. Before the launch of Optivo, Paul led AmicusHorizon as CEO since 2012. Prior to that he spent four years as Chief Operating Officer transforming performance and securing notable award recognition for the organisation. Paul has worked in the housing association sector since 1989. Before joining AmicusHorizon he was Executive Director (Development and New Business) for Moat and also spent eight and a half years at L&Q. Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Helen Evans, Network Homes (Vice Chair)
Helen joined Network Homes in March 2010. Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive of Brent Housing Partnership. She had previously been Assistant Director of Housing at Brent Council, with responsibility for housing management. Helen began her housing career at Southwark Council.
Keith Exford, Clarion
Keith Exford is the Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group, the largest housing association group in England with more than 125,000 homes across 176 local authorities.  Keith’s career in housing spans over 35 years. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a non executive director of The Housing Finance Corporation and of Affordable Housing Finance Ltd, as well as a trustee of CLIC Sargent, the leading children’s cancer charity.
Elaine Bailey, The Hyde Group
Elaine joined The Hyde Group as CEO in June 2014 and is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring Hyde responds to meet the country’s challenging housing needs. Having worked in both the public and private sector in engineering consultancy, HM Prison Service and, most recently, Serco, Elaine is expert in leading multi-disciplinary teams of up to 6,000 staff. She has more than 20 years strategic and operational experience in property maintenance and development, customer services and addressing complex funding challenges and land supply issues.
Stephen Howlett, Peabody
Stephen joined Peabody as Chief Executive in March 2004. Previously, Stephen was Chief Executive of the Amicus Group. He is a member of the CLG’s Housing Sounding Board, the Residential Committee of the British Property Federation and one of the Mayor’s Leaders for London on sustainability. He is Vice Chair of the Court of the University of Greenwich and a Board member of Asset Skills.
Rod Cahill, Catalyst
Rod joined Catalyst from the local authority sector in 1983. Initially he led Catalyst’s development function and broadened his responsibilities when he became Head of Technical Services in 1986. Rod became the Chief Executive of the Ealing Family Group in 1992, and assumed the role of Chief Executive of the Catalyst Housing Group (now Catalyst Housing Limited) when it was formed in 2002.
Yvonne Arrowsmith, East Thames
Yvonne joined East Thames in September 2014 as an Executive Director and the Chief Executive of East Thames. Yvonne was formerly Group Operations Director at Family Mosaic. She has worked in housing associations for the past 20 years, initially within care and support services, moving into general operations in the last decade. Prior to this Yvonne worked for the NHS, originally as a registered nurse and later in cardiac nursing at the National Heart Hospital.
Darrell Mercer, A2Dominion
Darrell has 35 years’ experience in the housing sector and was previously Assistant Director of Housing for the London Borough of Islington. He is the former CEO of Acton Housing Association and Dominion Housing Group and is currently the Group Chief Executive of A2Dominion.
Neil Hadden, Genesis Housing Association
Neil entered the housing sector in 1978 and spent 27 years at the Housing Corporation, the industry regulator prior to TSA & HCA. He eventually rose to become the Assistant Chief Executive (Investment and Regeneration). He moved to Aldwyck Housing Association in 2005 and led the group through significant growth in his role as Chief Executive. He became Genesis’ Chief Executive in October 2009.
Brendan Sarlsfield P Brendan Sarsfield, Family Mosaic
Brendan was appointed as Chief Executive of Family Mosaic in June 2006 when the organisation was created through the merger of Family Housing Group & Mosaic Homes. Brendan had been the Chief Executive of Mosaic Homes since May 2001. Prior to that, he worked for various other not-for-profit or government housing organisations.
Kate Davies, Notting Hill Housing
Kate joined Notting Hill Housing as Chief Executive in 2004. She was previously Chief Executive of Servite Houses and Director of Housing in Brighton and Hove. She has experience in local government and the private and voluntary sectors. Kate is a board member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the vice chair of the National Union of Students board.
Tom Dacey, Southern Housing Group
Tom was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995, after 25 years of working in the housing sector in the north of England. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Member of the Institute of Management, and former chair of the g15 group of London’s largest housing associations.
Brian Johnson, Metropolitan
Prior to Brian’s appointment to Metropolitan, he was Chief Executive of Moat and has also worked at CityWest Homes, managing 22,000 homes for Westminster City Council. He is Executive Director of Operations for Remploy, which employs 6,000 people with disabilities. He previously held managerial posts at Tate and Lyle and at ICI.
David Montague P David Montague, L&Q
David has been Chief Executive of L&Q since February 2008. He has been with L&Q since 1989 and served as Group Director of Finance before his current appointment. David is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and writes and lectures on social housing and business planning issues.