Executive Team


Alan Townshend | Group Chief Executive

Alan has over 33 years of experience in the affordable housing sector, working with both public and private companies and running his own consultancy firm. Alan became chief executive in September 2018, having previously been Group Development Director for three years. Prior to joining the Group, Alan worked at Wandle Housing, initially joining as its Asset Investment Director before being appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer and overseeing the operational and strategic side of the business. His other roles include seven years at Circle Group as Group Regional Operations Director.

Alan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Kerry Kyriacou | Group Director Development & Assets

Kerry joined the Group from Optivo in January 2022 where he had held the role of Director of Development and Sales since 2018 and prior to that held senior development and sales positions at Metropolitan, Clarion and Hyde.

Outside of focusing on sales and development, Kerry has also played a central role in the G15s BAME mentoring network and is also a qualified architect.

Yvette Carter FCCA | Group Director Property Services

Yvette joined the Group in 2019 having previously worked at Mears Group plc.  She has many years’ senior strategic and commercial experience across a range of sectors including outsourced service industries, logistics and mobile technology.


Tracey Gray | Group Director Customer Services 

Tracey joined the Group in June 2021, taking control of one of the largest teams in the business who provide all housing management, contact centre, customer experience, and care and support services to customers. Tracey has worked in the housing sector for nearly 20 years and as an Executive for the past 10 years, joining the Group from Paradigm Housing.

Amanda Holgate FCCA | Chief Financial Officer

Amanda has worked in the housing sector for seven years, first as Deputy Finance Director at Family Mosaic and then as Director, Finance Services at Peabody.  She joined the Group in 2019.  Prior to entering the housing sector she gained more than 20 years’ financial and commercial experience in a range of sectors including financial services, technology and retail asset management.

Jenny Poore FCIPD | Group Director People & Communications

Jenny has had an extensive career spanning all aspects of Human Resources and communications including senior national HR and communications roles at Royal Mail and executive appointments within the Further Education sector and at Sussex Police.  Jenny joined the Group as HR Director in 2015 and was appointed to the Executive Team in 2021.

Jason Wickens | Chief Information Officer

Jason joined the Group in 2018 and leads the IT, Data, Digital and Business Change functions. He has more than 20 years’ experience across a range of sectors including financial services, retail, consulting and not-for-profit.  Jason has previously held multiple senior technology and business transformation roles and is qualified in a variety of disciplines including Six Sigma, Lean, and Agile.