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Our people

Meet our Executive Group and Group Board members

L&Q's Executive Group 

David Montague
David Montague CBE
Group Chief Executive


David has been Chief Executive of L&Q since February 2008.

He has been with L&Q since 1988 and served as Group Director of Finance before his current appointment.

David is a member of the G15, which represents London's biggest housing associations providing homes for one in ten Londoners and one quarter of all new homes. The G15 is working to solve the housing crisis by delivering good quality, affordable homes of all types.

David is L&Q's most senior lead champion for equality and diversity issues. This includes being an ally of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff and residents' network.

Waqar Ahmed

Waqar Ahmed
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.

Fiona Fletcher-Smith
Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Group Director, Development and Sales

Fiona is responsible for the delivery of 100,000 quality new homes, while improving the customer journey for people renting or buying L&Q homes. She also has responsibility for Strategic Asset and Regeneration teams, including Homeownership.

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.

 

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Diane Hart
Group Director, Commercial

Diane is responsible for the performance of our market rent and commercial assets valued in excess of £1billion.

Her role involves setting the strategic direction and growth of the portfolios, service delivery, asset management and performance management.

She has responsibility for the L&Q Foundation which develops and funds social programmes to improve the lives of people in our communities.

Diane is also responsible for our Care and Supported Housing subsidiary, L&Q Living (LQL), launched in 2017. LQL provides care and supported housing to over 7,000 residents. Diane leads on the development of the LQL strategy, growth both in homes and services, asset management and all aspects of service delivery.

Steve Moseley, L and Q Group Director, Governance, Strategy and Communications

Steve Moseley
Group Director, Governance, Strategy and Communications

Steve has responsibility for the corporate inhouse teams delivering governance, strategy, communications, transformation/IT and health and safety. 

He is also the corporate lead for Diversity and Inclusion. He has extensive experience having worked in the housing sector since 1998. 

Steve joined the senior management team of L&Q’s home ownership subsidiary in 2006 and has since worked in a variety of senior management roles across the organisation. He has led on business planning and strategy, product development, organisational change and customer insight.

His current role is to lead the central services directorate and ensure that good governance runs through the core of the organisation so that L&Q continues to deliver on its social purpose; engaging and empowering residents and delivering much-needed quality homes and services for the benefit of all residents and customers.

Tom Nicholls, L and Q Group Director, Human Resources

Tom Nicholls
Group Director, Human Resources

Tom has worked for L&Q for 20 years and was appointed to Group Director of Human resources in 2008.

Tom has responsibility for the development and delivery of the HR strategy, including organisational change, recruitment and selection, talent development, pay and reward and providing expert advice and guidance on all other people matters throughout L&Q.

Tom has also played a key role in numerous mergers and acquisitions and as part of the senior management team.

A large part of his role has been the development of L&Q's employee brand, our people, that has assisted the organisation in becoming an Investors in People Gold organisation and being placed in the Great places to work listing as well as other accolades that has made L&Q an employer of choice.

Gerri Scott, L and Q Group Director, Customer Services
Gerri Scott
Group Director, Customer Services

Gerri joined L&Q in April 2020 and brings with her over three decades of experience in housing.

Before launching her successful management consultancy business in 2018, which included interim roles as Executive Director of Housing Management at Homes for Haringey, and Director of Housing at London Borough of Havering, Gerri spent seven years as Strategic Director of Housing and Modernisation for the London Borough of Southwark.

Prior to that she occupied a variety of senior housing, customer services and operational roles at local authorities and registered housing providers.

Gerri will continue creating homes and neighbourhoods that our residents can be proud of. Her extensive experience of providing and managing social housing, will ensure that we continue to put social purpose at the heart of everything we do, whilst achieving great outcomes for residents, and a lasting legacy for the future.

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 experience 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 Senior Independent NED of Tritax Big Box REIT plc.

Sean Anstee CBE

Sean is Executive Director for Advisory, Public Affairs and PR at Cratus Communications, which provides advocacy for those who seek to engage and work with the local public sector. He is a National Housing Federation board member, a Governor at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and Chair of L&Q subsidiary, Trafford Housing Trust.

Sean formerly held roles in retail banking at Barclays, Private Banking at Royal Bank of Scotland before completing five years with BNY Mellon. 

Previously Leader of Trafford Council, he played a key role in the development of the Northern Powerhouse concept that became flagship Government Devolution Policy to rebalance the UK economy, boost productivity and integrate transport across the North of England.

Sean was a key member of the political leadership that negotiated the Greater Manchester Devolution Agreement in 2014 and was Vice Chairman of the Combined Authority.

Sean graduated with First Class Honours in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a CBE for services to Local Government in 2019.

Waqar Ahmed
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.

Anne Elizabeth Bassis

Anne Elizabeth Bassis (Betsy) is currently the Chief Executive at NHS Blood and Transplant where she moved in March 2019 following four and a half years as the Director General, Chief Operating Officer at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Betsy previously spent 12 years at British Gas/Centrica where she held a variety of roles including Managing Director of Community Energy, providing energy services to social housing and fuel poor households. Betsy has extensive experience leading complex, customer-facing organisations across the private and public sectors.

Betsy is also a member of L&Q’s Governance and Remuneration Committee.

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 & inclusivity 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  Polypipe plc, Board Trustee of The Land Trust and Board Member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.

Tracey Fletcher-Ray

Tracey's career started with blue chip manufacturer ICI, where she was ultimately responsible for leading one of their business units. She joined Barclays Bank in 2001 and sat on the Group Purchasing Board, subsequently becoming Commercial Director for Home Finance.

Tracey’s wealth of experience includes Bupa Managing Director for the Care Home business in the North of England and Scotland, Managing Director of Bupa Health Clinics and Managing Director for the Care Sector and Healthcare Strategy at Berendsen PLC.

In 2018, Tracey joined Caring Homes as Managing Director.

Tracey is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Group’s care and support subsidiary Board.

Rajiv Jaitly

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, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

Rajiv is also a member of L&Q’s Audit & Risk Committee.

Larissa Joy

In addition to being a Non-Executive Director (NED) of L&Q, Larissa is NED of executive search firm Saxton Bampfylde, NED of the international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Independent NED of Helpforce, Chair of the Foundling Museum and Chair of Social Business Trust.

Her previous executive roles include Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy UK; European COO of Weber Shandwick and Partner & Global COO of Actis LLP, a leading private equity firm.

Larissa is a trained lawyer and member of L&Q’s Governance and Remuneration Committee.

David Montague CBE
Group Chief Executive

David has been Chief Executive of L&Q since February 2008. He has been with L&Q since 1988 and served as Group Director of Finance before his current appointment.

David is a member of the G15 which represents London’s largest housing associations providing homes for one in ten Londoners and one quarter of all new homes. The G15 is working to solve the housing crisis by delivering good quality, affordable homes of all types.

David is L&Q’s most senior lead champion for equality and diversity issues. This includes being an ally of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff and residents network.

Mike More
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 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 joining Westminster City Council as Chief Executive in April 2008.

Mike is Chair of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and chairs L&Q’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Trevor Moross
Chair of Governance and Remuneration Committee

Trevor Moross was appointed to the Board in 2014 and is the Senior Non-Executive Director. He also chairs the Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Trevor is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a past President of the British Property Federation, who has been involved in the property industry since 1975. He was until April 2018, the joint Managing Director of London based Dorrington PLC, a privately owned residential and commercial property investor and developer where he remains a Non-Executive. 

Trevor is a Trustee of the Freud Museum, London and a member of the International Advisory Board of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Fayann Simpson OBE
Chair of Resident Services Board

Fayann has been an L&Q resident for over 20 years and an involved resident for over 15 years.

Fayann has many years experience working on IT and Resource management projects for global law firms and investment banks. She is also member of the Independent Safety Steering Group.

She is currently the Chair for L&Q’s Resident Services Board, Chair of the South Neighbourhood Committee, and a member of L&Q’s Audit and Risk Committee.

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