Board and Patrons

Gavin Cansfield

Gavin Cansfield (Chair)

Gavin has been chief executive of settle since 2015. He has over 30 years experience working in housing; developing and delivering support services for homeless people; general needs housing, specialist housing for older people and inner city regeneration. He has worked for Tower Hamlets Homes, Hanover, Southern Housing Group and what is now Midland Heart. Gavin has a strong commitment to housing, its ability to transform people’s lives and provide a platform from which people can achieve their potential. 

Babu Bhattacherjee (Treasurer)

Babu Bhattacherjee has worked in the community regeneration field for over 20 years and currently manages the communities and neighbourhoods service for Poplar HARCA. His current initiatives include delivering a neighbourhood level community budget and building a world class youth centre.

Nick Atkin

Nick is Chief Executive at Yorkshire Housing and a driving force for digital innovation in housing.  He was formerly Chief Executive at Halton Housing, where he drove through a fully flexible/ remote working approach across the business and led the drive for 90% of Trust customers to be accessing services online by 2018. He is regularly included in the top 25 most influential people in housing, and  speaks, writes, blogs and tweets incessantly on housing issues and innovation in particular (@nickatkin_yh).

Jules Bickers

Jules is the Director of Property at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, where he leads the teams providing maintenance, complex repairs, estate services and voidmanagement for MTVH's 57,000 homes across London, East Anglia and the East Midlands. Before joining MTVH, he led the national housing consultancy team at Capita GL Hearn and has over 20 years housing sector experience across large and small registered providers, local authorities, sub-regional groups, private developers and voluntary organisations and hostels.

Mary Gibbons

Mary joined CHP as Chief Executive in August 2018 from Hundred Houses Society, a housing association in Cambridge where she served as Chief Executive. Prior to this, Mary held senior positions including Housing Director and Executive Director of Strategy and Support at Swan Housing Association. 

Shaun Holdcroft

Shaun has worked in the social housing sector over eighteen years. In the past eight years’ he has experience of working at board level with the boards of three subsidiary HAs of the Hyde Group and more recently as part of the Executive team at Settle and in his current role as Operations Director at Legal and General Affordable Homes. Shaun has a track record of creating strong performing teams with a focus on customer experience and the role of technology in the sector. 

Rachel Honey-Jones

Rachel is Head of Community Regeneration at Newydd HA. Outside of the day job she is also Board Member at Merthyr Valley Homes – Wales’ first tenant and employee mutual – a CIH Cymru Housing Futures Panel Member and was a Finalist in 24 Housing’s Young Leaders 2015. 

 Samantha Hyde

Samantha is MD of Suare the Circle, a dynamic and agile consultancy providing interim and consultancy across the corporate and not for profit sector. She has worked for and advised some of the highest profile brands in the UK, including Comic Relief, Channel 4, Save the Children the Ministry of Sound and TalkTalk on topics ranging from corporate social responsibility, talent management or special projects relating to wider business plan delivery, and was a Board member at L&Q until 2020. 

Davida Johnson 

Davida has extensive experience in petrochemicals with executive expertise in marketing and strategy development. Having recently completed a Chartered Director certification she is now focused on adding value and an independent perspective within Non Executive director roles in the Voluntary sector.

Charlie Norman 

Charlie is Chief Executive of Mosscare St Vincents and leads the GMHP work on health and social care. She has worked in housing for 30 years, with a background in community and co-operative development, neighbourhoods and regeneration. Until recently she was the Vice-Chair of PlaceShapers. 

Anastasia Odugbesan 

Anastasia is  a Vice President in Internal Audit at Barclays Bank, based in the city of London. She has worked for Barclays Bank for over seven years and was previously based in New York. Prior to that, she was Assistant Vice President, Wealth and Investment Management Audit at the Bank of America in New York. She has extensive international experience in investment banking and private banking products, risks, controls and regulations.

Our Patrons

Lord Best

Lord Best is President of the Local Government Association and Chair of Hanover Housing Association. He is active in the House of Lords and was Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation until his retirement.