Following an open and competitive recruitment process, Caroline Pillay has been appointed as the new Chair of Homes For Lambeth (HFL) Group, the housing delivery company, wholly owned by Lambeth Council.
Caroline will be taking on this crucial role at an exciting time for HFL, following Richard Reynolds’ decision to step down earlier this year. At the same time, current HFL Board member, David Gannicott, is stepping into the newly-formed role of Vice-Chair of HFL Group.
Caroline Pillay said:
“It is an honour to take over as Chair of HFL Group. I am looking forward to working with such an experienced, talented and diverse team to deliver on Homes for Lambeth’s goal of building better futures and vibrant communities."
"I know the importance of involving residents and I will remain steadfast in ensuring that we deliver for them and that their voices are heard in every part of the organisation.”
Jitinder Takhar, Homes for Lambeth Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“We are delighted to be welcoming Caroline Pillay and David Gannicott as the new and strengthened leadership team of the HFL Group Board. Their considerable experience and track record in building homes and communities will help us continue delivering on our ambitious build programme, involving residents in the delivery of affordable homes and to tackle the climate challenge.”
Councillor Matthew Bennett, Lambeth’s Lead for Planning, Investment & New Homes added:
“Earlier this year Lambeth council agreed a three-year plan for HfL, which will see 383 new homes built for local people, 79% of them affordable, including 223 new council homes. Every part of the council and HfL is committed to working together with our local residents and Lambeth’s diverse communities to build better homes."
“I’m delighted that in Caroline and David we have two leaders who bring a wealth of experience, who share our commitment to building a new generation of council homes and who will lead a board that delivers strong, robust governance and oversight of this ambitious programme.”
Notes to editors:
About Caroline Pillay:
Caroline is a Senior Partner at Airey Miller Partnership. In her career, she has worked with councils and their development teams to bring forward affordable housing schemes. Caroline is also a board member of Social Sustainable Capital and of Women In Social Housing. Caroline originally trained in Social Work and Nursing at London South Bank University before moving into housing.
About David Gannicott:
David has worked at board and strategic executive level in the housing sector for over 25 years, including senior executive roles at L&Q and Hyde Housing Group. He is a passionate advocate for providing housing for people who cannot access the private market.
About the selection process:
Caroline and David were appointed following a selection process which involved current Homes for Lambeth Board members along with HFL Homes residents. Their appointments were confirmed at an HFL Group Board meeting on Wednesday 18 November. Both appointments were strongly supported by the residents interviewing the candidates. This is part of Homes for Lambeth’s commitment to involve residents in the running of their homes.
An ongoing governance review, which commenced in the summer of 2020 and focuses on the delivery of the HFL Business Plan, will report to elected Members in due course. David will take his position as Vice-Chair once this review concludes.
About Homes for Lambeth
Homes for Lambeth was established in 2018 and is a wholly-owned company of Lambeth Council. We aim to build thriving communities and better futures for our residents. You can find out more about Homes for Lambeth’s vision by visiting homesforlambeth.co.uk