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:
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.
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 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 served as Interim Director of Operations from August 2021, before accepting his current role.
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.
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. She now also leads Habinteg’s in-house training and consultancy service, the Centre for Accessible Environments.
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.
As Cabinet Member for Housing at a London borough, Eleanor Southwood has hands-on experience of the issues facing social housing providers, including the building safety agenda and the demands of decarbonisation.
Eleanor also has experience of the challenges disabled people face when seeking suitable housing, gained from her work as the former Chair of Royal National Institute of Blind People, and through her own lived experience as a disabled person.
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 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.
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 Knight’s career has spanned the voluntary and statutory sectors including the Department of Health, Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Commission for Public Appointments. He 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.
John is also a Governor of a London NHS Foundation Trust. Previously he was an advisor on disability issues to the Board of the Civil Service Commission, a Magistrate for 28 years and a Public Appointments Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Nottingham University for public service. John has a lived experience of disability.
Simon Clark is currently Group Director – Housing at Sanctuary Group, a national housing and care registered provider. He has over 35 years’ experience of social housing, across a diverse range of sectors including Affordable Housing, Student Accommodation, Supported Living and Asset Management. A passionate advocate for great customer experience, he has broad experience of transformational change and service growth. He has held governance roles within this and third sector agencies for over 20 years.
Simon also speaks on a range of housing related issues, including homelessness and regeneration.
Chris joined the Board in 2022. Chris has spent 25+ years running digital services for a number of organisations both small and large including Shell Energy, Vodafone and the Financial Times. Chris brings a wealth of experience in defining and delivering digital strategies with a consistent focus on what’s right for the customer. She is looking forward to working with Habinteg tenants to ensure that their voice is heard in the development of our strategy and plans.
Julie has had a long career in local government and the third sector. She was Director of Social Services in Westminster and president of the ADSS in 2005/6. For 5 years she was CEO of the Social Care Institute for Excellence ( SCIE). She has held board level roles in housing, social care, education, safeguarding and health.
She has recently retired from the specialist supported housing provider, Look Ahead , where she was Chair of the board. Julie is also a trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.
She was awarded an OBE in 2003 and a CBE in 2009.
Nicky is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the real estate sector. She is currently a non-executive member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee at HM Courts & Tribunals Service and has previously held board member roles within the social housing sector at Central and Cecil Housing Trust, where she was also Chair of the Group Risk & Audit Committee and as Vice-Chair of Origin Housing Association, where she was also Chair of the Governance and Remuneration Committee.
Her executive roles have included as a director in the corporate finance teams of two of the top global property service providers, corporate finance director of an Aim listed property development company and CFO of one of the largest private property investment companies in the UK.
You can find information on Board Member interests here: Register of Interests June 2022 for website.pdf [pdf] 69KB
We believe that mutual commitment and shared responsibility is key. We are an equal opportunities employer and aim to be an employer of choice. Everything we do is underpinned by our four cultural values: Agile, Accountable, Ambitious and Attentive.
We offer a comprehensive and person-centred employment package to our staff. This includes:
Being open and honest about our performance is an essential part of our culture. This is why we place importance on independent assessment of our organisation as an employer. We are proud to hold a Gold Standard Investors in People accreditation.