Who we are

Learn more about members of the Peabody Board

Sir -bob -kerslakeLord Kerslake (Chair)

  • Chair of the Board
  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Lord Kerslake (Bob) was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010 until he stepped down in February 2015 and was Head of the Civil Service from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to his DCLG role, Bob was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency where he was responsible for promoting new and affordable housing supply; supporting the regeneration of cities, towns and neighbourhoods; improving existing housing stock, and advancing sustainability and good design.

Before joining the Civil Service, he received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council.

Bob was appointed Chair of the Kings College Hospital Trust in April 2015; he stepped down in December 2017. He became President of the LGA and Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny in June 2015. Bob was appointed as the Chair of London Pension Collective Investment Vehicle in September 2015. He is Chair of the Board of Governors at Sheffield Hallam University. In March 2017 he became Chair of Be First, a regeneration company in Barking and Dagenham.

Bob joined the Peabody Board in June 2015. His extensive experience of local and national government, together with his expertise in housing, development and regeneration, will be instrumental in leading the Board.

Ian PetersIan Peters (Vice Chair)

  • Chair of the Development Committee
  • Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Member of Thamesmead Committee

Ian has 30 years experience in the financial services and energy sectors in executive leadership roles. He has led large companies (most recently British Gas) and small, challenger businesses (e.g Goldfish Bank).

Ian is the Chair of the Barts Health Trust. He is a non-executive director of The Floow and the Chair and a non-executive director of Employers for Carers.

Brendan Sarsfield

Brendan Sarsfield (Chief Executive)

Brendan became Chief Executive of Peabody on 3 July 2017 at the point of merger with Family Mosaic. He was Chief Executive at Family Mosaic for 11 years.

Prior to Family Mosaic, he worked in housing for a variety of Housing Associations and local authorities.

Brendan was chair of the London g15, which represents London’s 15 largest Housing Associations from 2013 - 2015.

Phillipa AitkenPhillipa Aitken

  • Member of the Development Committee
  • Member of the Thamesmead Committee

Phillipa has over 30 years of experience working in the planning and development field. Her career began in local government, and she then moved to several global property advisory firms.

Phillipa has a long standing interest in housing delivery, and as a planning consultant has advised both public and private sector clients in this field.

Phillipa is also a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Foundation Trust specialising in mental health services.

Jennifer DalyJennifer Daly

  • Member of the Development Committee
  • Member of the Thamesmead Committee

Jennie is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with over 20 years' experience in planning assessment and strategic promotion, with a strong development and commercial focus.

In 2002 she joined Harrow Estates PLC. In 2009 she became Managing Director and oversaw its sale to Redrow Plc later that year, joining the Redrow Executive Board on completion.

In May 2014 Jennie joined Taylor Wimpey UK as UK Director of Planning and in September 2015 became Group Land Director and joined the Group Management Team where she has oversight of planning matters across the operational businesses, is responsible for the training and development of planning skills within the Group and political engagement across the planning policy arena.

Jennie joined the Peabody Board in April 2015. Her excellent development skills add value throughout scheme planning and help to ensure Peabody Group’s developments are buildable, deliverable and viable.

Helen EdwardsHelen Edwards

  • Member of the Communities Committee

Most recently Helen served as Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General for Local Government and Public Services at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2013.

Between 2008 and 2013 she was Director General of Criminal Justice in the Ministry of Justice. This followed a number of senior roles at the Home Office, including three years as Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service. Prior to joining the Home Office, Helen undertook a number of roles at Nacro, the national crime reduction charity, before becoming Chief Executive in 1997.

Before joining Nacro Helen worked for Save the Children in the London Borough of Lambeth, having trained and practised originally as a social worker.

Helen was appointed Chair of Recovery Focus (a coalition of mental health charities) in April 16 and is also a Non-Executive Director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust as well as a Trustee of Lloyds Bank Foundation.

Helen joined the Peabody Board in July 2016. She brings a wealth of experience from the community and voluntary sector as well as central and local government.

David Hardy

David Hardy

  • Chair of the Finance and Treasury Committee
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

David is currently a director of John Laing Capital Management Limited, the fund management subsidiary of John Laing Group plc.

He is also a director and trustee of the John Laing Pension Trust. He has over 20 years' corporate finance, M&A, fundraising and deal closure experience spanning infrastructure, PFI and renewable energy projects.

Joining John Laing in 2005, he led the equity investment of numerous UK PFI/PPP projects across various sectors. From 2011 he was responsible for raising co investment funds from institutional investors on large infrastructure projects and leading the divestment of mature projects for the Group.

Prior to joining John Laing Capital Management, David was a Corporate Finance partner at KPMG.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

David joined the Board in June 2016. His financial acumen and operational experience, his in-depth knowledge of treasury and funding and current knowledge of financial services regulatory matters all help to ensure that Peabody’s financial plans and strategies and, arrangements with lenders are scrutinised and challenged constructively.

Paul LoftPaul Loft

  • Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Finance and Treasury Committee
  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Paul was the Managing Director of Homebase and Habitat until May 2015. He has had a 25-year career in retailing, in senior finance and general management roles. Before Homebase he was the Managing Director of GUS Home Shopping and prior to that he was the Finance Director of Argos.

Earlier in his career he spent 11 years in the Burton Group in a number of finance roles including the Finance Director of Debenhams.

Paul joined the Peabody Board in 2013.  His finance and customer service background bring key skills to the Board in making sure service delivery is achieved and the full impact of projects is properly considered.

Barry McNamaraBarry McNamara

  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Barry is a landscape gardener and has been a long-term tenant with Family Mosaic and its predecessors. At present, Barry is involved in helping Family Mosaic set up a large food-growing community scheme in his Clapham neighbourhood.

MJane Milligan

Jane Milligan

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Jane has worked in the NHS for over 25 years, having first qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987. Working in London, Devon and Cornwall, her clinical area of speciality was in Neuroscience.

She has worked in Tower Hamlets for over 12 years, in both commissioning and service management roles with 6 years of Board level experience.

Jane was appointed as the Chief Executive for NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CSG) in September 2012. On 1 December 2017 she became the strategic partnership lead for the seven CSGs in North East London: Barking and Dagenham; The City; Hackney; Havering and Redbridge; Newham; Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Deirdre MossDeirdre Moss

  • Chair of the Communities Committee
  • Member of the Thamesmead Committee
  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Deirdre has worked in the insurance industry for over twenty five years with FTSE 100 companies. Specialising in Human Resources, she has led major changes involving large diverse workforces.

Recently, she has set up her own executive coaching company, and also sits on the advisory group of a London based training company.

She has championed diversity issues throughout her career and continues to work in a voluntary capacity in this area.

Cath ShawCath Shaw

  • Member of the Development Committee
  • Member of the Thamesmead Committee

Cath is a senior local authority executive, working on regeneration, housing development and economic growth. Previously, Cath worked at the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister as Deputy Director of Corporate Strategy

Peter VernonPeter Vernon

  • Chair of the Thamesmead Committee
  • Member of the Development Committee

Peter is the Group Executive Director, Grosvenor Group. He joined Grosvenor in 2005.

He is Deputy Chairman of the West End Partnership, Director of London First, a member of the British Property Federation Policy Committee and is on the Royal and Sun Alliance London Regional Board. He became a non-executive director of the Berkeley Group in September 2017.

Peter was a Commissioner of the independent City Growth Commission launched by RSA and chaired by Lord O'Neil and is a member of the Estates Regeneration Panel Chaired by Lord Heseltine. Previously, he was a Partner at IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Peter joined the Board in April 2015. His extensive experience of complex real estate transactions and in place making will be particularly valuable in evaluating Peabody’s large scale residential projects.

June WelcomeJune Welcome

  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

June Welcome has worked in the social housing sector for 25 years.  She has been a trustee on local community projects in West Silvertown, including the Village Foundation and been involved in establishing community groups on Fort Street Estate with local charities.

Having previously taken a keen interest in the area of combatting antisocial behaviour, June has worked with Newhams Peer Support Group to empower and support victims of crime in the borough as well as contributing to Home Office studies on the topic.

June was one of the founder members of and formally chair of Peabody's Diversity Forum and has been a resident Board member since 2009.

June’s involvement with social housing and community issues and her perspective as a resident bring critical insights to the Board on resident involvement and engagement issues.