Metropolitan

Our team

Board

The Board has responsibility for the overall direction of our organisation and makes sure that all business is conducted in accordance with its rules, regulations, and statute for the benefit of our current and future stakeholders.

  • Chair of the board Paula Khan

    Paula Kahn

    Chair

  • Board member Lesley-Anne Alexander

    Lesley-Anne Alexander, CBE

    Position

  • Board member Stuart Beevor

    Stuart Beevor

    Position

  • Board member Natalie Burrows

    Natalie Burrows

    Position

  • Board member Clive Deadman

    Clive Deadman

    Position

  • Board member Janet Dean

    Janet Dean

    Position

  • Board member Michael Dunn

    Michael Dunn

    Position

  • Board member Ian Johnson

    Ian Johnson

    Position

  • Geeta Nanda

    Geeta Nanda OBE

    Chief Executive

  • Board member Jerry Piper

    Jerry Piper

    Position

Paula Kahn

Chair

Paula Kahn has been Chair of the Metropolitan Board since May 2013. She has extensive experience as a CEO and senior manager in the private sector and has held a number of Chair and director positions in the public, community and not-for-profit sectors. Paula has been Chair of five NHS Primary Care Trusts: Camden, Islington, Haringey, Enfield and Barnet. The North Central London Cluster was responsible for commissioning health care to the value of £2.5 billion in a rapidly changing political and clinical environment.

She also has experience in the arts and community sector having chaired a range of charities. A Trustee of the Cripplegate Foundation and of the Association of Charitable Foundations she is committed to using endowments not only for grants but for a wide range of social investments.

At Metropolitan her primary focus is on building a commercially driven organisation which delivers more homes and more social value within current resources.

Lesley-Anne Alexander, CBE

Position

Lesley-Anne was CEO of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) from 2004 until 2016. She has had a long career in the public and charity sectors. Before joining RNIB, she was Director of Operations for the Peabody Trust. While at RNIB, Lesley-Anne was instrumental in uniting the sight loss sector through the development of the UK Vision Strategy, an innovative cross-sector initiative to improve eye health and sight loss services in the UK.

Lesley-Anne holds a number of non-executive positions including Chair of Red Door Ventures Ltd, which is building thousands of private rented homes for residents in Newham, London. She is also a Director of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Lesley-Anne is a trustee of the MicroLoan Foundation – a development charity that provides small business loans to women in Malawi and Zambia – and an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society. She is also a member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

Lesley-Anne was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 birthday honours list and was voted by her peers as Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive in 2015.

Stuart Beevor

Position

Stuart is a Chartered Surveyor with 35 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 and private entities. He is now pursuing a portfolio career of non-executive directorships, advisory and consultancy appointments.

He is currently 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, a non-executive director of ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited and Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board for the Diversified Property Fund for Charities.

Stuart was previously Managing Director of Grosvenor Fund Management, an international real estate fund management business which he set up and led. Prior to that he was Managing Director at Legal and General Property Limited with responsibilities including setting up the £1 billion industrial property investment fund and the English Cities Fund regeneration vehicle. His early career with Norwich Union included roles developing the business in Norwich, London and South Africa, including establishing the Norwich Property Unit Trust.

He has served on a number of property industry bodies including the Investment Property Forum, the IPD Index Consultative Group committee (now MSCI), the National Association of Pension Funds Property group, the Property Investment panel of the ABI and he served on the board of The Unite Group Plc for nine years.

Natalie Burrows

Position

Natalie brings significant experience in e-commerce, digital strategy and customer-focused service design to the Board. Natalie previously spent seven years as Tesco’s Digital Product, User Experience & Strategy Director. This role involved leading the digital development and customer strategy of their General Merchandise business. At the time, Natalie was the youngest female director in the organisation.

Prior to joining Tesco, Natalie was Senior Product Manager at Royal Mail Group and she has held similar leadership roles in digital product and user experience design at RBS, Aon and Accenture. In 2007 she launched her own business, designing clothing for people with mobility issues, which she sold in 2012. Natalie is now consulting in service design and digital product development, and studying humanistic counselling at the Metanoia Institute.

Clive Deadman

Position

Clive is Chair of the Safeguarding and Quality Committee.

Clive studied Chemistry and on qualifying in 1982 he worked in Africa for the mining industry before spending eight 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 Metropolitan and is Director of his own consultancy company.

Janet Dean

Position

Janet is Chair of Clapham Park Homes Ltd.

Janet has over 30 years’ experience of commissioning, contracting and transforming public sector services, including roles as Executive Director in London and Yorkshire. She 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 a member of the Board of Governors and former Chair of the Finance and Employment Committee of Sheffield Hallam University, and a member of the Committee of The Mount School, York and Clerk to its finance sub-committee. She was designated a Public Appointments Ambassador by the Government Equalities Office and held an appointment with the Department for Communities and Local Government as a Member of the Doncaster Recovery Board.

Previously Chair of Compass UK, a national drug and alcohol treatment charity and of Sheffield Homes, the UK’s largest arms-length housing management organisation, she also served for seven years as Non-Executive Director in the NHS on a Strategic Health Authority and a Primary Care Trust Board, and was Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society in York for nine years.

Michael Dunn

Position

Michael is Chair of Treasury Committee.

Mike joined the Board in January 2014 and brings a wealth of experience to this role. Mike was formerly Group Finance Director of St.Modwen Properties PLC, the U.K.’s leading regeneration specialist and also spent five years as Group Finance Director of May Gurney Integrated Services plc. He has significant experience gained in other major companies. Mike is a Chartered Accountant.

Ian Johnson

Position

Ian is Metropolitan’s Executive Director of Finance. He joined the organisation in July 2015 and became a member of its Board in September 2016.

Ian has spent most of his professional career in the development and contracting sectors and has more than 10 years’ experience working at board level. His experience includes raising capital on three occasions, completing two re-banking exercises and conducting a business turnaround. He has also led a number of change projects, including merging two $2bn US homebuilding businesses and a finance transformation project for National Grid. Ian has worked abroad for extended periods in the USA, India and South Korea. He is a chartered accountant, a graduate of Birmingham University and an ex-Royal Navy submarine officer.

Geeta Nanda OBE

Chief Executive

Geeta Nanda OBE joined Metropolitan as Chief Executive in October 2017. Across a career of nearly 30 years, she has held a variety of leadership roles in the housing sector. Most recently she led Thames Valley Housing as Chief Executive for nine years – overseeing a top quartile performance in the sector for customer service, and the establishment of a highly successful market rent subsidiary Fizzy Living. Geeta is a Non-Executive Director of McCarthy & Stone, a FTSE 250 retirement housebuilder, and has served on the boards of a number of other housing organisations. She is also an Ambassador for the charity World Child Cancer. In 2013, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing.

Jerry Piper

Position

Jerry is a Customer Board Member.

Jerry was appointed to the Metropolitan Board in January 2013 and is a leaseholder of Canalside Housing Partnership in Shoreditch, where he has lived for 24 years. As a resident, Jerry played an active part in the highly successful Canalside regeneration scheme in various voluntary roles, since its inception in 1998. Most notably, he saw the scheme through its 10 year journey to completion as Chair of its Community Board.

Jerry remains a member of the Canalside residents association and was previously a founder member of the MHT London Board, following which he was appointed to the Customer First Committee.

Now a senior manager at London Underground, Jerry has spent the last 32 years of his career in the passenger transport business in London, including 25 years in operational management. His responsibilities include leadership and management of a large workforce and the delivery of a high frequency train service, to meet a variety of performance standards within a highly regulated environment.

Jerry is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and keeps busy with a wide range of interests outside of his professional and voluntary activities.