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Our team

settle is a team of about 250 colleagues who are passionate about housing and the power it has to transform people's lives.

Directors

Gavin Cansfield Penny Metcalf

Gavin Cansfield,
chief executive and
board member

Penny Metcalf,
executive director of
development

Anita Khan Rob Berry

Anita Khan, executive
director of customer services

Rob Berry, director
of property

Ebele Louise

Ebele Akojie, executive
director of finance and
resources (starts 18 October)

Louise Gilbert, director
of customer experience
and business change

Rachel McFarlane  

Rachel McFarlane, director
of housing

 

Board members

Sally Veitch (chair designate) Sally Veitch (chair)

Sally is an established Non-Executive Director, being part of a number of boards including Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit at Redwood Bank Limited, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit for Tipton & Coseley Building Society, Finance Director of Home Retail Group Card Services Ltd and Finance Director of Argos Business Solutions Ltd.
A former Finance Director with strong customer-focused experience, including 15 years at Home Retail Group, Sally has over 20 years’ experience in advising both small and large retail and financial services companies in fast paced and regulated environments.

 

Marie Li Mow ChingMarie Li Mow Ching

Marie has had a successful career in central government where she spent over 10 years in overseeing delivery of large scale regeneration, housing and economic development projects. Marie has a deep understanding of governance, financial management and business administration. Prior to her public service, Marie worked in a start-up manufacturing company where she gained wide commercial skills.

 

 

Julian Baust Julian Baust

Prior to taking early retirement, Julian was chairman and managing director of Kodak Ltd where he led Kodak in the UK through one of the biggest transformations in recent history successfully moving it from analogue to digital. He has more than 30 years’ commercial experience in organisational redesign, transformation and performance management. He now serves on several boards and works as an independent management consultant.

 

 

Robert Barton Robert Barton

Robert is a development professional who has been a director with several of the UK’s leading house builders. He has also served on the board of Sentinel (Vivid) and Spectrum housing associations and currently sits on the development committee of Sovereign Housing Association.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Froude  Elizabeth Froude

Elizabeth is Chief Executive of Platform Housing Group, and was former Deputy CEO at Notting Hill Genesis and was a member of the executive board. Although her background is in finance she has spent many years with very operationally focused, change management and transformational roles. Prior to coming to housing she had roles in varied sectors, from entertainment to manufacturing, working with teams across the UK and Europe mostly for well-known FTSE organisations. She is chair of settle’s audit and risk committee.


 

Simon Oates  Simon Oates

Simon joined our board in March 2019. He has held a number of high profile roles in his career within the service industry; most recently, director at Fingletons, and also chair of a water industry leadership group. He brings a wealth of customer participation and insight experience, and has recently been responsible for setting the company-wide customer experience strategy.  Simon also joins our customer engagement advisory panel.

 

 

Hasani Jess Hasani Jess
Hasani was appointed as a Board member on 26th January 2021, bringing digital and technology leadership expertise, with 20 years’ experience in the technology sector.

 

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