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.

Matthew Gardiner

Matthew is currently on secondment from Trafford Housing Trust as L&Q Head of Ideation, examining how global trends provide pointers for the future of the social housing sector.  He divides his time between London and the North West, where he is doing some Smart Cities work with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.  Matthew has worked in social housing for almost 40 years, in London, Liverpool and Manchester. 

 Samantha Hyde

Samantha is CEO of Argo Natural Resources and Argo Applied Technologies, working in collaboration with the University of Leicester in developing a disruptive technology that will make the sector the change the way in which the world processes metals. 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 is also a Board member at L&Q. 

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.

Our Patrons

Dr john Sentamu

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu is the Archbishop of York, president of the YMCA and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry and chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Review.

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.