Rachel Honey-Jones and Mary Gibbons join HACT’s Board


HACT is delighted to announce that Mary Gibbons and Rachel Honey-Jones have joined the Board of HACT.

"I look forward to working with Mary and Rachel,” said Gavin Cansfield, HACT’s Chair. “They both have a passion for the role that social landlords play in vibrant neighbourhoods and are joining HACT at an exciting time, on the eve of our 60th birthday. It is a significant milestone for HACT, at a challenging time for the social housing sector. All of the HACT Board are committed to ensuring that HACT continues to innovate and catalyse change in the sector so that it can better deliver its social purpose."

“I have followed HACT’s work for a number of years and know they bring game changing thought leadership,” said Mary Gibbons, Chief Executive, CHP. “HACT’s robust use of evidence provides solutions that focus on the biggest issues. I am so excited to share the knowledge and experience I have gained working with communities and joining a team that really makes a difference.”

“I’m absolutely honoured to be joining HACT as a trustee,” said Rachel Honey-Jones, Head of Community Regeneration at Newydd HA. ”Having worked alongside the charity for a number of years, I can see the huge benefit of the work that it is undertaking, as well as its incredible team. I am extremely excited to join in time for HACT’s 60th anniversary.”

“I’m delighted to welcome both Mary and Rachel to the HACT Board,” explained Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT. “They both have a wealth of experience of working in the social housing sector, and bring with them a range of skills, insights and expertise that will support HACT as we celebrate our 60th anniversary next year. Their commitment to our work has already been evident, through Mary’s involvement in using insight to drive business change and Rachel’s contribution to the work of the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment.”

Mary Gibbons 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.

Rachel Honey-Jones 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.