Brian Johnson – Chief Executive Officer
Brian Johnson was appointed CEO of Metropolitan in October 2012.
He comes to Metropolitan from Moat where he was CEO for four years. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of CityWest Homes, managing 22,000 homes for Westminster City Council and Executive Director of Operations for Remploy, which employs 6,000 people with disabilities.
Brian’s previous career includes managerial positions at Tate and Lyle and at ICI.
Barbara Roche – Chair
Barbara Roche has been Chair of Metropolitan since September 2009, and a member of the Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd Board since 2006, including a period serving as Deputy Chair, and as Chair of the Board of Metropolitan Support Trust.
Barbara is a former MP for Hornsey & Wood Green and has been a Government Minister in the Home Office, Treasury, Cabinet Office, Department of Trade & Industry and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She is a barrister with over 30 years experience of public and voluntary sector working.
Sheila Button – Deputy Chair
Appointed to the Metropolitan Board in 2007, Sheila is an independent consultant working with not for profit organisations specialising in change management and executive coaching for Chairs and Chief Executives. She is a Council member of Poswatch and, for nine years, was a Board member of The Housing Corporation where she chaired the Audit Committee and the Tenant Consumer Panel. Sheila was CEO of a not for profit company working with registered social landlords and councils across the UK to promote housing mobility and make it easier for tenants to move home.
Sheila worked in local government housing for twelve years and she is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Stuart is a Chartered Surveyor with 33 years experience working in several major organisations covering technical property matters, capital investment decision making, business leadership and client relationship management on an international basis coupled with industry participation in various bodies including public/private entities. He is now pursuing a portfolio career of Non-Executive Directorships, advisory and consultancy appointments.
Currently Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director (SID) and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Unite Group Plc, a developer and manager of student accommodation. A trustee of the Investment Property Forum Educational Trust which promotes education in real estate, a member of two DTZ Investment Management Investment committees responsible for two segregated pension funds, a member of the Greenwich Hospital Advisory Board and a non-executive director of ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited.
Previously Managing Director of Grosvenor Fund Management , an international real estate fund management business. Prior to that he was Managing Director at Legal and General Property Limited with responsibilities including setting up the £1bn Industrial property investment fund and English Cities regeneration vehicle. His early career with Norwich Union included roles developing the business in Norwich, London and South Africa, including establishing the Norwich Property Fund.
He is currently a member of the Investment Property Databank Index Consultative group and National Association of Pension Funds Property group. His past experience includes membership of the Property Investment panel of the ABI.
Teresa was appointed to the Metropolitan Board in 2010.
Teresa graduated from Newcastle University in 1977 and joined the Newcastle upon Tyne office of a Big 4 firm as a student accountant. Between 1986-87 she was seconded to the UK Government’s Enterprise and Deregulation Unit reporting directly to Lord Young, the Secretary of State for Employment and then Trade and Industry. In March 1988 she was appointed to the Government’s Deregulation Advisory Panel. In 1988, Teresa was first female winner of the “Young Accountant of the Year Award” in recognition of her contribution to the small firms sector, her profession and work with Government.
Teresa joined Baker Tilly in 1989 and during her time there she headed up their Business Services Department growing it from £5m to £25m in four years.
She now works independently focusing on her three passions – strategic advice to ambitious, growing businesses, liberating these businesses from the fetters of red tape and as “Head of Parties and Fun” at The Lexi Cinema, a social enterprise, digital, boutique cinema in North London which covenants100% of its profits to a charity in South Africa. She holds a number of appointments, including non-executive, mentoring and advisory roles in growth businesses.
Teresa was awarded a CBE in the 2007 New Years Honours list for public service and an OBE in the 1997 New Years Honours list for services to better regulation and the small firms sector.
Janet was appointed to the Metropolitan Board in 2012. She has over 30 years’ experience of commissioning, contracting and transforming public sector services and is co-founder of the Dean Knight Partnership, which provides consultancy and interim management for a range of regeneration, housing, social care and leadership projects.
Janet is Non-Executive Chair of Compass UK, a national drug and alcohol treatment charity, Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Finance and Employment Committee of Sheffield Hallam University, and an Associate Non-Executive Director of North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust. She was designated a Public Appointments Ambassador by the Government Equalities Office, and holds an appointment with the Department for Communities and Local Government as a Member of the Doncaster Recovery Board. Previously Chair of Sheffield Homes, the UK’s largest arms-length housing management organisation, she served for five years as Non-Executive Director of NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, and was Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society in York for nine years.
Clive studied Chemistry and on qualifying in 1982 he worked in Africa for the mining industry before spending 8 years in the Venture Capital industry. During this period he increasingly focused on engineering and the environmental protection industries.
On joining the utility sector in 1993 Clive has held a range of executive director roles in electricity (Norweb/ENW) and water and wastewater utilities (North West Water/Untied Utilities). Throughout this period his particular focus has been on managing and controlling asset risk whilst optimising the value and service that the people working in asset rich organisations deliver to society.
Clive has recently published a book on ‘Strategic Asset Management’. He is a council member of the Institute of Asset Management, Chairman of the Investment Forum of the UK’s Energy Innovation Centre, a non- executive of Ombudsman Services and the Metropolitan Housing Trust and a Director of his own consultancy company.
After university at the London School of Economics, Mike joined KPMG as a trainee accountant and progressed to the role of Senior Manager. During his 12 year service at KPMG Mike was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Following KPMG, Mike spent the next 20 years in Television, becoming Interim Group FD and Deputy Group FD at ITV. Mike has, and still does, undertake non-executive roles in television and the arts and, more recently has undertaken board member appointments with the Sports Council, the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board and the Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Board.
Mike joined the Audit Committee of Metropolitan in 2009 and is now Chair of Metropolitan’s newly configured Audit & Risk Committee.
Appointed to the Metropolitan Board and Chair of Metropolitan Living Ltd. And Clapham Park Developments from 2008, David qualified as a Certified Accountant (FCCA) prior to joining Guinness (now Diageo Plc.) in 1968.
He has fulfilled a number of senior management roles within Diageo including many years as MD of their publishing subsidiary, which is best known for the Guinness Book of Records. He was subsequently based in America for three years and involved in property development for the Gleneagles Hotel and Champneys Health Resort brands. He then moved on to Nigeria, as Commercial Director, in a financial governance role in the company’s three breweries there and was involved in developing management control systems.
Since his return to the UK, David has been heavily committed for the last 10 years, latterly as Diageo’s Property Development Director, to the redevelopment of the 80 acre Guinness Brewery site in West London. David is also on the Board and Governance Committee of Think London Ltd.
Appointed to the Metropolitan Board in 2008, Howard has spent his career in the public sector, with many years’ experience working with the voluntary, community and arts sectors. Howard was Chief Executive of Postwatch, the independent consumer council for postal services, for three years, championing the rights of all users of mail services and post offices. He was educated at the Universities of Birmingham (law) and Harvard (public administration), and King’s College London (history).
Howard served for seven years as Chief Executive of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, and twenty years as a volunteer with the Samaritans. His non executive roles include board membership of Battersea Arts Centre and Ovarian Cancer Action, grant assessment for the Henry Smith Charity; and he is on the Board and tribunal of the premium rate phone regulator, PhonepayPlus.
Waheed was appointed to the Metropolitan board 2012, when he was also appointed Chair of our board for care and support.
Waheed has been involved in local community projects from a young age, working with the police on youth justice and crime prevention initiatives, chairing a local community forum in Walsall. He studied at the London School of Economics and, during his studies, worked part-time at Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. Upon Graduation, he began a career in health as a Drugs and Regeneration Programme Manager, a Ward Business Manager, a Senior Commissioning Manager, a foundation Trust Group Manager and, finally, as a Locality Director with Birmingham East and North PCT.
Waheen runs his own consultancy company and holds non-exec appointments at NACRO & NACRO Pension Fund, Groundwork West Midlands, GMC, Lunar Society, Sustainability West Midlands, Birmingham Leadership Foundation and BBC Audience Council England.
Christine has a career long experience of working within the social housing sector in a variety of senior executive and non executive positions. She has extensive experience of both leadership and collaborative governance at both local community levels and large scale national organisations.
Christine currently sits on the main Home Housing Group, Governance Committee and is a Customer Champion at board level. She is also a member of the Rayners Lane Estate Committee Harrow, this is a large scale regeneration project providing mixed tenure homes to the homes to the local community.