As former head of the Government’s Bed & Breakfast Unit, former Chief Executive of the Empty Homes Agency and previously Commercial Director at Local Space housing association, Ashley has over 20 years’ experience in homelessness and housing. He ensures the charity meets its strategic objectives and continues to develop and share housing solutions to social injustice.
Deputy Chief executive
Amy joined Commonweal Housing in 2012 with over 12 years’ experience in housing and not for profit organisations. As Deputy Chief Executive, Amy develops new and existing projects, researching potential areas of interest for the charity and leading on feasibility studies for new projects.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Matthew joined Commonweal in June 2016 to focus specifically on developing the Peer Landlord project. Since then, he has taken on the development of several other Commonweal projects and ensures they are developed, tested and shared in line with the Commonweal project framework.
Megan joined Commonweal in 2019 from a successful background in charity fundraising and communications. She is combining a Masters' in Media, Campaigning and Social Change with her work promoting our projects, research and action learning.
Yetty joined Commonweal Housing in January 2017 with over 15 years of finance experience within both the public and private sectors. Prior to Commonweal, Yetty worked as a Finance Manager at the British Accreditation Council and the Nazareth House.
Melanie has extensive secretarial and administrative experience in both the private and public sectors and holds a range of relevant qualifications. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office and supports the team across a range of different tasks.
Sir John A. Mactaggart Bt
Sir John has worked in the commercial and residential property development and management business – London, Glasgow and New York – for 40 years. He chairs the Mactaggart Family Office and is actively involved with a number of public and private charities.
Steve Douglas, CBE
Steve is Co-Chief Executive of Altair and has held Board positions on a number of Housing Association boards and is Vice Chair of Amicus Horizon Housing Group. He is also a Trustee of RichMix- the east end of London culture and arts organisation.
In 2019 Steve was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Housing Industry.
Jack currently works in the Investment team at Farebrother, a long-established Real Estate advisory firm. He completed his Masters in Real Estate at the University of Reading with his final post-graduate dissertation entitled “What is Wrong with Renting?”.
Fiona was Member of Parliament for Slough from 1997 to 2017, serving as parliamentary undersecretary at the Home Office from 2003 – 2006. She is currently also Chair of the Fawcett Society and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.
Fiona held the position of Chair at Commonweal from 2006 to 2019.
Gary is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ professional experience in all aspects of auditing, finance, tax and treasury for not for profit and public sector organisations. A founding trustee and honorary treasurer, Gary is responsible for the charity’s compliance and systems.
Russ is a qualified architect with over 15 years’ experience in award-winning architectural practice, much of which specialised in housing. Russ is a regular speaker at academic and industry events on design issues in association with housing in general and compact housing specifically.
Professor Jonathan Portes
Jonathan currently serves as Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College London. His expertise covers a wide range of economic policy issues, including migration, labour markets, skills, poverty and international development, and international economic and financial issues.
Sarah Jackson, OBE
Former Chief Executive of the respected charity Working Families, Sarah has led work-life balance campaigning and culture change for over twenty years. She is an acknowledged expert and has worked across the political spectrum to push for positive change including the right to request flexible working, maternity and paternity leave and fathers’ rights at work.
In 2007 Sarah was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Quality of Life Issues.
Becky has over 15 years’ experience in research and evaluation, with specific focus on homelessness and vulnerable groups. As well as holding senior research positions at organisations such as St Mungos and Shelter, Becky also has an MSc in Social Science Research Methods.
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