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 and became President of the LGA  and Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny in June 2015. He was appointned as the Chair of London Pension Collective Investment Vehicle in September 2015.

Lord Kerslake 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.

Jennie DalyJennifer Daly

  • Member of Peabody Enterprises, Peabody (Services), Peabody Land and Tilfen Land Boards

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.

Jennie DalyHelen Edwards

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.

Malcolm Levi

David Hardy

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Chair of the Treasury 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.


Stephen HowlettStephen Howlett

  • Chief Executive (from March 2004)

Before joining Peabody, Stephen was Chief Executive of the Amicus Group — a group of housing organisations working in London and the South East — and a director of Notting Hill Housing Trust.

Prior to this, he worked for the National Housing Federation and the Housing Corporation, precursor of the Homes and Communities Agency. Stephen was Chair of g15, the group of London’s major housing associations from 2009 to 2011.

He has a particular interest in education and skills and is a trustee of Open-City, London's leading architecture education charity and voluntary Chair and Pro Chancellor of the University of Greenwich.

Stephen joined Peabody as Chief Executive in March 2004. He joined the Peabody Board in 2011.  Stephen’s wealth of experience in housing, and his role as Chief Executive brings executive and operational accountability and insight to the Board.

Malcolm Levi

Malcolm Levi

  • Acting Chair 1 January until 1 June 2015
  • Vice-Chair since 2014
  • Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee (member of the Committee for 5 months to 1 June 2015)

Malcolm has been Chief Executive of three housing associations: Genesis, Warden and, for the 10 years to 2008 until his retirement, Home Group. In 2001 he was made a distinguished member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Malcolm is now an adviser to Savills' Housing Division, a member of the HCA regulation committee adviser panel and a Board member at Richmond Housing Partnership and a Board member of Gallions following its acquisition by Peabody.

Malcolm joined the Peabody Board in 2009 and is currently Vice-Chair. He was acting Chair of the Board for five months during the year until Lord Kerslake’s appointment on 1 June 2015. Malcolm’s wealth of housing experience brings an in-depth understanding of operational and performance issues to the Board and provides constructive challenge to the executive.

Paul LoftsPaul Loft

  • Member of Audit and Risk Committee from 1 April 2015
  • Member of the Treasury Committee from 1 April 2015

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.

Elizabeth PeaceElizabeth Peace CBE

  • Chair of Peabody Enterprises, Peabody (Services), Peabody Land and Tilfen Land Boards
  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Liz Peace was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation (BPF) until her retirement in December 2014. She now holds a number of non-executive, voluntary and advisory positions, including the chairmanship of LandAid and the Architectural Heritage Fund and non-executive directorships at Howard de Walden Estates, Redrow plc and Morgan Sindall plc.

She has also been appointed shadow chair of the Government's New Property Model organisation and shadow chair of the Board of the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham.

Before joining the BPF Liz was the company secretary and director of corporate affairs at the Defence and Research Agency, which later became the QinetiQ Group plc (1990-2002), and prior to that a career civil servant in the Ministry of Defence.

Liz joined the Peabody Board in 2010. Her experience and knowledge of the property sector combined with experience of national government bring essential insights to the Board on property, development and stakeholder management. 

Jan TuckerJanice (Jan) Tucker

  • Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Jan Tucker is Chair of the Palmer Estate Tenants' Association and has been actively involved in a number of groups within the community.

Jan is an executive member of Islington Safer Neighbourhood Board.  She is also a school community Governor (currently Vice-Chair).

Jan joined the Peabody Board as a resident Board member in 2011. Jan’s perspective as a resident and her regular contact and engagement with residents at a grassroots level ensure that the voice of residents is heard at the Board.

Jo ValentineBaroness Josephine (Jo)  Valentine

  • Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Acting Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee for 5 months; now a member of the Committee
  • Member of the Treasury Committee

Jo is Chief Executive of London First, acting as representative for some of London’s leading businesses, influencing national, London and local government.

She entered the House of Lords as a Crossbench Peer in 2005, having previously held the role of National Lottery Commissioner.

Jo is also a Non-Executive Director of High Speed 2 and a Council member of UCL.  She has established public-private regeneration partnerships — the Central London Partnership in 1995 and the Blackburn Partnership in 1988.

Jo joined the Peabody Board in 2012, having already worked with us on a number of projects. Her knowledge and experience of key issues for London (including transport, infrastructure and employment) bring a breadth of expertise and a number of different and important perspectives to the Board.

Peter VernonPeter Vernon

  • Member of Peabody Enterprises, Peabody (Services), Peabody Land and Tilfen Land Boards

Peter is the Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (July 2008). 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.

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

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.

She intially joined the Board of CBHA in 2010 and was re-appointed when it was restructured in July 2015. 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.