The LHF is run

by a board of voluntary trustees

They represent the wider housing sector and ensure that the aims and objectives of the foundation are met.

Ian Brady

Ian Brady is the Chief Executive Officer for Depaul International.  Prior to this he was a senior Civil Servant with extensive experience across a number of key departments, latterly as the Deputy Director in the Troubled Families Team at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Before that he spent four years at the Department for Education and worked in the Home Office within the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. He was also Deputy Director of the Governments Respect Task Force. Before Ian joined the Home Office he headed up the rough sleepers team in the Homelessness Directorate at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). Prior to joining the civil service he worked in the voluntary sector for several years and was deputy Chief Executive of the National Youth Charity Centrepoint.

Simon Dow, Chairman

Simon Dow is the Executive Chairman of the London Housing Foundation. Until recently he was Group Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership which owns 60,000 homes across the country. Prior to joining The Guinness Partnership, Simon was the acting Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation. Simon is a Member of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Regulation Committee and a Trustee of the Dolphin Square Foundation.

In the past he has been a Director of the National Housing Federation, a Board Member of Reall (formerly Homeless International), a development agency working in Asia & Africa and Chair of the Independent Policy Complaints Commission’s Audit Committee.

Professor Nick Hardwick CBE

The first half of Nick’s career was in the voluntary sector, first working with young offenders for the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, then leading the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint before moving to run the British Refugee Council. In 2003 he was appointed to establish and run the Independent Police Complaints Commission as its first Executive Chair. He moved from police to prisons in 2010 when he was appointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. Since his term as Chief Inspector ended in 2016, he has combined roles as Professor of Criminal Justice at Royal Holloway, University of London with chairing the Parole Board for England and Wales and some consultancy projects. He is chair of New Horizon Youth Centre and vice chair of Prisoners Abroad.

Derek Joseph

Derek is the Company Secretary of the Foundation and responsible for the management of its investment portfolio.  With over 35 years’ experience in the financing and organisation of affordable housing he is currently Chair of Aquila Services Group, an LSE quoted consultancy and responsible for its international division.

A non-executive director of a quoted property investment company, investment advisor to a major UK charity and a director of a cloud-based software development company.  Recent publications include a review of REIT’s in Africa and works on new funding and legal structures to increase access to affordable housing.

Clare Miller

Clare Miller is Executive Director Governance and Compliance for Clarion Housing Group. Clarion was formed from the merger of Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing in November 2016. It is the largest provider of social housing in England, owning over 125,000 homes, and operating in over 170 local authority areas, from Newcastle to Plymouth.

Clare is a chartered accountant who trained with Coopers and Lybrand a predecessor company of PWC. In the past she has worked for The Housing Corporation and the Tenant Services Authority, the government agencies responsible for the regulation of housing associations.

John Stebbing

John is a retired Architect and for nearly 50 years he was deeply involved with Social Housing, firstly helping to run an Inner City Association and then in his private practice. As a result he has been involved with the provision of many hundreds of new homes over the years and remains passionate about the need for decent affordable homes for everyone. For many years he was on the board of an RSL and has been, and remains, involved with a number of environmental and community organisations trying to raise awareness of the climate issues that confront us all.

Eleanor Stringer

Eleanor is Head of Programmes at Education Endowment Foundation, and brings of knowledge and experience of using evidence to improve outcomes for disadvantaged young people. Her work includes managing large grants that are robustly evaluated to assess their impact on students’ learning and producing evidence-based guidance reports for schools. Before that, she worked at Social Finance and New Philanthropy Capital. She is also a local councillor and Cabinet Member for Merton Council.

Jeremy Swain

Jeremy has been working in the field of homelessness and housing since 1980 and was Chief Executive of homelessness charity Thames Reach from 1999 to 2019.  He is currently a government adviser, assisting the work of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Directorate within the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) as it seeks to deliver the government’s objective of ending rough sleeping by 2024.

Cassandra Karanjia

Cassandra is Programme Manager at London Housing Foundation having previously worked at HACAS, Altair and Social Housing Magazine. She is the first point of contact at LHF for all enquiries:

Email: cassandra.karanjia@lhf.org.uk