Our people

We are lead 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)

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

Sheron Carter - Chief Executive Sheron Carter – Chief Executive

Sheron Carter has a strong track record of leading a diverse range of housing organisations. Having started her career in 1984, Sheron took on her first leadership position in 1992, when appointed the Director of a homelessness charity.

Sheron has gone on to lead three housing associations. In 2007 Sheron was appointed to lead Arhag Housing Association at a point when the organisation was under regulatory supervision. Sheron moved onto Gateway Housing Association in 2011 where she presided over a major investment project to redevelop and remodel Gateway’s sheltered housing schemes.

In December 2017 Sheron became Habinteg’s Chief Executive.


Nic Bungay Nic Bungay – Director of Strategy and External Affairs

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.


Bryonie ShawBryonie Shaw – Director of Operations

Bryonie has over 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector and 10 years’ experience in senior leadership roles. The majority of Bryonies’ housing career has been in the delivery of supported housing and homeless services, including successful delivery and retention of contractual services providing support to customers.

Bryonie has worked predominately in the Northwest of England for both social landlords and local authorities in both commissioning and delivery of housing services. Immediately prior to moving to Habinteg Bryonie was the Managing Director of Impact Housing, based in Cumbria, where she led the organisation following a significant regulatory downgrade and achieved a successful merger into the Riverside Group.

Bryonie has leadership experience for operational and business support functions ensuring integrated systems and practice that delivery high quality services to customers. Bryonie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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.


A headshot of Mark AtkinsonMark Atkinson – Chair of ARC

Mark joined Habinteg’s board in 2020. Mark’s career has predominately been in the social and charitable sector working in leadership roles across strategy, policy and communications.

Mark joined Action on Hearing Loss in 2018 after five years at Scope, including three and a half as its Chief Executive in which he led the development and execution of a transformational new strategy. Mark has worked for many high profile organisations including Citizens Advice, Youth Sport Trust and Ambitious about Autism. Mark worked for the Local Government Association in both Westminster and Brussels and previously was National Vice President of NUS.

Mark is also a Trustee of Prisoners Abroad, a human rights and welfare charity that supports British citizens imprisoned overseas.


Andy Mack portrait Andy Mack – Chair of 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. He is the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee.


Gwenda Cope portrait Gwenda Cope – Member

Gwenda was appointed to Habinteg's board in 2018. She recently retired after spending nearly 40 years working at a senior level to build affordable homes with a range of local, regional and national housing associations. In addition to her degree in geography and diploma in town planning she complemented her professional experience by obtaining an MBA in 2003.

Since retirement, her practical experience of housing has been used for her local community as a resident member of a housing association scrutiny panel reviewing services on the mixed tenure estate where she lives.

As a young child Gwenda contracted polio and as a result has a particular interest in the provision of housing and services for disabled people. She is currently Vice-Chair 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.


Nikhil G Nikhil Gupta – Member

Nikhil joined was appointed to our Board in 2019. Nikhil has over 14 years’ of experience working in finance across both Transport and Housing sector. Currently Nikhil is an Assistant Director of Finance at Poplar HARCA (Housing Association) where he manages Group’s Investments and Treasury.

Nikhil is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the Imperial College, London.


John KnightJohn Knight - Member

John's career has spanned the voluntary and statutory sectors including the Department of Health. Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Commission for Public Appointments. During this time he also held National Board level directorships of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (now part of the Care Quality Commission); the Charity Commission and the General Social Care Council.

In addition to his role at Habinteg, John is currently also a Governor of a 16+ Adult Education Institute and a London NHS Foundation Trust as well being an advisor on disability issues to the Board of the Civil Service Commission. He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to disabled people and awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Nottingham University for public service. John brings a wide range of Board level governance, and high level recruitment and selection experience together with a practical knowledge of disability equalities and campaigning issues to the Habinteg Board.