Our people

We are led by our Executive Management Team (EMT), comprised of three directors and our Chief Executive. The team oversee our day-to-day operation and report into our Board. 

Habinteg is governed by a Board who are responsible for setting our overall strategy, controlling risk and ensuring that we deliver effective services. The Board are supported by a committee structure consisting of:

  • Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee (ARAC)
  • Appointment and Remuneration Committee (ARC)
  • Investment Committee (IC)

Habinteg is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency and monitored by the Financial Conduct Authority. Habinteg has adopted the National Housing Federation’s 2015 Code of Governance.

Meet our Executive Management Team

Chief Executive Nick ApetroaieNick Apetroaie - Chief Executive

Nick Apetroaie joined Habinteg in April 2021 having held a number of senior positions in the social housing sector.

Prior to joining Habinteg, Nick was Executive Director for Care, Education and Safeguarding for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - a role he held for three years.
Before RNIB, Nick spent nine years at 16,000 home Viridian Housing, including time as Care Director and Property Director, culminating in three years as CEO.

During his time at Viridian, Nick played a key part in the merger between Viridian and Amicus Horizon Housing Association. The merger created large London housing association Optivo, where Nick was deputy chief executive for a short period.
 

Nic Bungay Nic Bungay – Interim Director of Operations

Nic Bungay has over 16 years’ experience in the charitable and public affairs sector. In his previous position as Director of the Care, Campaigns and Information at Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK), Nic led on a range of initiatives to improve the independence and quality of life for individuals and families living with muscle-wasting conditions across the UK.

During his eleven years at MDUK, he established the Trailblazers, a UK wide campaigning network of young disabled people and led a nationwide campaign to ensure approval by the NHS for the first drug to treat an underlying genetic cause of muscular dystrophy. Previously Nic held a number of parliamentary roles within the House of Commons working for two MPs.

Nic joined Habinteg as Director of Strategy and External Affairs in Nov 2018 leading Habinteg’s influencing and policy agenda in the accessible housing sector. He also leads Habinteg’s in-house training and consultancy service, the Centre for Accessible Environments.

 

Andrew Crompton Andrew Crompton – Director of Finance and Resources

Andrew Crompton studied Architecture and Town planning at UCL and is a chartered accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

He has 30 years’ experience in social housing, most recently working as a senior manager for Camden Council’s Housing Department, with special responsibility for tenant rents and leaseholder service charges, and then for Tower Hamlets Council’s ALMO, where he was Head of Finance and a member of the senior management team.

He has had a range of roles in front line Housing Management as well as in Finance and has particular interest in social housing, accessibility, value for money, business process review and service improvement. 

Andrew is also a non-executive board member with special responsibility for finance and an audit committee member at Homes for Haringey.

 

Interim Director of Strategy and External Affairs Christina McGill - Interim Director of Strategy and External Affairs

Christina was appointed Interim Director of Strategy and External Affairs in September 2021. She is passionate about the positive impact that accessible homes can have on people’s lives. Prior to her recent appointment, she led the Communications and Marketing team as Head of Communications, masterminding the introduction and development of the multi-award winning #ForAccessibleHomes campaign.

In her 10 years with Habinteg, Christina has overseen delivery of numerous reports and briefings to support our campaign to increase the supply of accessible homes, as well as a raft of government consultation work and parliamentary engagement. 

Before Habinteg, Christina held long term communications and leadership roles in the charity sector. She began her career in the PR team at Scope and later served as Head of Communications at Breast Cancer Care.

Meet our Board

Manny Lewis Manny Lewis – Chair

Manny Lewis began his career in 1981 at the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) and became a corporate member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) before specialising in Human Resources and Organisational Development at the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Lewisham.

In 1988, he became Head of Education Personnel at Waltham Forest, followed by Assistant Director for Education in Birmingham (1990), Head of Personnel and Democratic Services at Thurrock Council (1997) and Executive Director, Corporate Services at the Greater London Authority (2001).

He was seconded to be the Interim Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency (LDA) in 2003, before becoming the Chief Executive in 2004 where he successfully led the land assembly for the London Olympics.

Manny is currently the Managing Director of Watford Borough Council as well as Deputy Chair of Mid-Essex Hospital Trust (non-executive), a trustee at Golden Lane Housing and also a Board member of the Copyright Tribunal. Manny Lewis was appointed to Habinteg’s board in 2014 as Chair. He is a member of the Appointment and Remuneration Committee.

 

Steve White Steve White – Vice chair

Steve White joined Habinteg’s Board in 2018. He is a seasoned senior executive and has many years’ experience at CEO level including roles at The Law Society, University of Southampton and four years at The Hyde Group, a large London-based housing association. Steve was also Interim CEO of Habinteg from October 2016 to September 2017.

Steve’s time at the Hyde Group saw him develop a passion for housing and the role that good quality housing plays in helping some of society’s most vulnerable people live rich and fulfilling lives.

In addition to his day job, Steve also holds non-executive board roles at Moat and Chairs Origin, a London-based housing association and care provider.

He was also previously a trustee at Centre 404, a learning disability charity, and now also advises the trustees at BLESMA, a military charity that helps service people who have suffered limb loss.

Steve is an above-knee amputee having had his left leg amputated in 2008.

 

Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson – Chair of the Appointment and Remuneration Committee (ARC)

Mark joined Habinteg’s board in Januay 2020 and was appointed Chair of the Appointment and Remuneration Committee in July 2020.

Mark is an experienced and senior social sector leader with a strong record of enabling organisations to define their strategy, transform their operations and deliver their commitments. Mark brings considerable experience of leading business change, refocus and growth through a number of executive and non-executive roles. He is currently Chief Executive of RNID which follows five years at Scope, including three and a half years as its Chief Executive.

Mark is also a Board Member at the Social Care Institute for Excellence and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Andy Mack portrait Andy Mack – Chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee (ARAC)

Andy is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He has twenty five years' experience across the public and private sector, and is currently Head of Audit Quality for Grant Thornton’s Public Sector Assurance team. Prior to his current role, Andy was a District Auditor with the Audit Commission.

Andy is also a non executive Director at the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Suffering from polio as a child, Andy has a strong interest in accessibility, and is a Trustee of the British Polio Fellowship.


Paul Copson headshot Paul Copson – Member

Paul was appointed to Habinteg's board in 2018. Paul has over 20 years' experience as a senior finance executive in the investment banking industry, both in London and New York. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and latterly HSBC where he was managing director of the Global Product Control Group.

Paul is also a volunteer for the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, where he is a day centre driver and a member of the supporter care team.

 

Vanessa Dockerill Vanessa Dockerill – Member

Vanessa joined our Board in 2019. Vanessa Dockerill joined Aldwyck in 2013 as Commercial Manager before being promoted to Deputy Director then Executive Director of Development in 2017. She has over 20 years of development experience having previously worked with Redrow, Charles Church and as Commercial Director at Taylor Wimpey.

Vanessa holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying, an MSC in Construction Law and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

 

John KnightJohn Knight - Member

John's career has spanned the voluntary and statutory sectors including Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Commission for Public Appointments. During this time he also held a number of National Board level directorships of organisations such as the Charity Commission.

In addition to his role at Habinteg, John is currently a London NHS Foundation Trust Governor as well being an advisor on disability issues to the Board of the Civil Service Commission.