L&Q's Executive Group
L&Q's Group Board
Aubrey Adams OBE
Chair of L&Q Group
Aubrey is the former Chief Executive of Savills plc, a leading global real estate service provider, employing 35,000 people across a network of over 700 offices.
Aubrey’s previous external experiences include Senior Independent Director of Associated British Ports plc, Chair of Air Partner plc, Chair of Max Property Group plc and Non-Executive Director of The British Land Company plc.
Aubrey’s current external appointments include Chair of the Board of Trustees of Wigmore Hall and Chair of Tritax Big Box REIT plc.
Sean Anstee CBE
Sean is an experienced strategist and adviser with an extensive background in local government, social housing and property. He has held several senior positions, including a period as Leader of Trafford Council and Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and is presently Chair of L&Q subsidiary, Trafford Housing Trust and is a Governor of Manchester Metropolitan University.
Professionally, he is an Executive Director at Municipal Partners, a company which engages directly with local public sector institutions, developing real estate solutions that contribute towards resolution of long-standing economic and social policy challenges.
Sean graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with First Class Honours in Business Management, and was awarded a CBE for Services to Local Government in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.
Group Director, Finance
Waqar has worked for L&Q for more than 20 years and was appointed Group Finance Director in 2008.
His priority has been to develop a management culture across L&Q that pursues our social objectives alongside a commercial approach.
Waqar has supported L&Q in taking on commercial activities, strategic joint ventures and vertical integration in both operational and development functions to generate significant financial strength to maximise our social impact. He has further supported the L&Q Foundation in creating long term sustainable partnerships with other like-minded charities investing in the social fabric of the areas we work in.
Waqar also sits on the boards of the National Housing Federation and Trafford Housing Trust.
Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE
Chair of Development Committee
Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with experience drawn, over 30 years, from the UK and overseas.
She provides strategic development advice for national and international clients from the public and private sectors. Formerly a Partner of Arcadis LLP, Global Consultancy for the Built Environment, she was UK Head of Development & Strategic Planning, Head of Social Value, and continues to advise as a Strategic Consultant.
Louise was the first female Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. She championed diversity and inclusion and led initiatives including the RICS Inclusive Employers Quality Mark and the Property Strategy for Sub Saharan Africa.
Her accolades include Outstanding Woman in Construction and National Achiever in Construction. Louise was awarded an OBE in 2019 for ‘services to the built environment, diversity and inclusion’.
Louise is an experienced non-executive director holding positions on many boards including Chair of All We Can - an International Aid Agency, Board Member and Employee Engagement Lead for Genuit Group plc, Board Trustee of The Land Trust and Board Member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.
Maria Da Cunha
Maria is a former senior executive of British Airways plc where she worked for 18 years until 2018. Maria was BA’s Head of Legal and Government and Industry Affairs for four years before becoming its Director of People and Legal in 2011, responsible for human resources, legal, risk and compliance.
Maria has extensive experience in corporate governance, risk and compliance, regulated industries, transformation programmes, employee engagement and industrial relations.
Prior to joining BA, Maria held various positions with Lloyds of London, Lovells LLP and the College of Europe.
Maria is a Non-Executive Director of Royal Mail Group plc and De La Rue plc and a Panel Member of the Competition and Markets Authority.
Group Chief Executive
In her time at L&Q, Fiona has spearheaded our 5.1 billion development programme, led our expansion into the Midlands and North West, and delivered change programmes to improve both the efficiency and diversity of our Development and Sales function.
Prior to joining L&Q, Fiona was the Executive Director for Development, Enterprise and Environment at the Greater London Authority (GLA).
As part of the senior management team for the GLA, she was responsible for overseeing the delivery and implementation of key strategies such as the London Plan, the Economic Development Strategy, transport, environment and climate change and in overseeing the operation of the Mayor’s powers in relation to significant planning applications in the capital.
Rajiv Jaitly specialises in risk, governance and operational due diligence.
Rajiv holds other non-executive directorships and previously held senior positions at Santander and AXA Investment Managers.
He is a Chartered Accountant and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
Rajiv is also a member of L&Q’s Audit & Risk Committee.
Dominique is CEO for Pacific Investments for their Senior Living business with responsibility to create retirement living environments. Previously she was Managing Director for The Good Care Group (TGCG) and subsequently as COO with accountability for the UK and Ireland Homecare portfolio following the Sodexo takeover in April 2019.
TGCG has been a fast-growing provider of live in care services enabling older people to stay in their own homes and communities. Dominique is proud to have achieved an Outstanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating in all five categories. Prior to that, she held positions with Sunrise Senior Living and Sainsbury’s.
Dominique is also Chair of the Homecare Association, a non-executive director and Chair of L&Q Living Board and a director of the Live-in Care Hub. She has also recently been appointed to the advisory board for Thalamos. She is passionate about the coming together of health and social care, improving and evidencing outcomes and care pathways for mental health.
Raj has over 30 years practical experience of registered providers (RP’s) and council housing. This includes being Head of Service for a Local Authority, during which he helped set up an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO).
For the past 13 years Raj has headed up One Enterprise Ltd, a housing consultancy.
He is one of the original nine assessors for the Quality Assured Scrutiny Accreditation offered by the CIH / HouseMark / TPAS partnership. Raj continues to support a number of Scrutiny Panels across the UK to enable them to carry out service specific reviews and audits.
Raj chairs a Regeneration Panel for a London local authority and has previously managed several best practice clubs for HouseMark. He also heads up an Independent Tenant Advisory (ITA) service, which is supporting residents on a regeneration scheme in Harrow.
Raj is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and manufacturing (RSA) and a qualified Mediator.
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
Mike began his career at the National Audit Office in 1981.
He was Senior Auditor at Cambridgeshire County Council in 1986, before moving on to a number of increasingly high-level positions at the council, including Head of Finance.
Mike was appointed as the Director of Resource Management of Suffolk County Council in 1999 and progressed to the position of Chief Executive in 2002. He later joined Westminster City Council, in April 2008 as Chief Executive.
Mike is Chair of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and chairs L&Q’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Fayann Simpson OBE
Chair of Resident Services Board
Fayann has been an L&Q resident for more than 20 years and an involved resident more than 15 years.
Fayann is Chair of the L&Q Resident Services Board, as well as a member of L&Q’s Group Board, Audit and Risk Committee, Governance and Remuneration Committee and was recently appointed as Senior Independent Director.
She has many years experience working on IT and resource management projects for global law firms and investment banks.
Fayann is also a member of the Independent Safety Steering Group, chaired by Dame Judith Hackett.
Fayann was awarded the OBE in the birthday honours list in 2020 for services to people living in social housing.