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John Lewis, Chief Executive of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, is to join the Peabody Group in the summer as Executive Director Thamesmead.

John, pictured below, will lead Peabody's comprehensive regeneration programme in Thamesmead, improving the area for local residents and delivering thousands of new homes to rent and buy. 


He will oversee the housing association's multi-billion investment plan which could deliver up to 20,000 new homes for Londoners with the right transport infrastructure. 

His role at Peabody

John was appointed by a Panel which included Peabody Board members Lord Kerslake and Liz Peace, Chief Executive Stephen Howlett, and the Chief Executives of the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The role will report to Peabody Chief Executive, Stephen Howlett who said: "I am delighted to welcome John to Peabody at this exciting phase in Thamesmead’s history. He brings a wealth of experience in property, development, placemaking and regeneration and will play an important leadership role as we take forward our ambitious plans for Thamesmead.”

About Thamesmead
Thamesmead benefits from over 150 hectares of green space – roughly the size of eight Green Parks – as well as 30,000 trees, 7 km of canals and 5 major lakes. The area is also teeming with wildlife, including herons, rare bats, water voles and barn owls. 

More about John Lewis

John joined the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation in 2010 from Milton Keynes Partnership, a subsidiary of the Homes and Communities Agency, where he was CEO, responsible for the growth of the UK’s most successful new town. Speaking about his new appointment he said: 

"This new role offers me a unique opportunity to draw on my experience of working in property, regeneration, new towns and garden cities. I’m really looking forward to delivering Peabody’s programmes in Thamesmead over the coming years."

Reflecting on his time at the Heritage Foundation, he commented:  "Over the last five years I have worked with a great team to place the community at the centre of everything we do, culminating in the creation of our new Five Year Plan.  We have worked together to develop and implement a plan for arts focused regeneration, highlight the town’s heritage as the world’s first Garden City, support more disadvantaged groups and attract inward investment."

John is a Chartered Surveyor and has a Master of Arts in Urban Regeneration. He is a board member of Wellingborough Homes housing association.