Greenoak Housing Association Ltd - board and senior team

board and executive team


Board of Management 

Our Management Board is formed of a maximum of twelve members. Skills represented on the Board include finance, housing design and development, risk, housing management, legal, asset management and sustainability. Our Board recognises the importance of robust governance and Members undertake annual appraisals of individual and collective performance. 


Board Members

Martin Large


Retired CEO

Member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and Human Resources & Remuneration Committee 

Ex CEO to Dec 15 of GLE Group, a leading SME focused property regeneration and business services organisation. Significant senior management and Board experience. Former NED at Pocket Living Ltd, Selwood Housing Society Ltd and Hexagon Housing Association. Current chair of Greenoak Housing Association Ltd

Jane Vessey CFA

Vice Chair

Fund Manager and Investment Director

Member of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee and Assets & Housing Services Committee 

Qualified as CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). 18 years’ experience as fund manager and investment director in Europe and Asia. Non-executive experience in fund management and voluntary sectors. Wide knowledge of investment industry and lectures on investment on Masters degree courses at leading business schools.
Owner and MD of Wentworth Advisors, INED and Chair of Margetts Fund Management, INED of Northern Trust Global Investments, she is on the Board of Ground Rents Income Fund plc, a REIT managed by Schroders Investment Trust. NED and served on Risk and Audit committee at Inquilab HA, Board member of CFA UK in London

Peju Fabunmi

Board Member

Hosuing Development Consultant

Chair of the Assets & New Business Committee

Peju has 25 years involvement in the housing sector as a manager and consultant with specific experience in planning, property development and acquisitions. Peju initially qualified as an urban planner and has post graduate diplomas in both Urban Design and Property Development & Planning (RICS accredited). Peju is also a career mentor and CIH Chartered Member.


Greg Falvey

Board Member

Executive Coach, Leadership Mentor

Chair of Human Resources & Remuneration Committee and Member of Housing Services Committee.

Greg is qualified as an executive coach and leadership mentor and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He provides training on a range of topics including leadership development programmes. He is skilled at using psychometrics, is an MBTI practitioner, has a post graduate qualification in psychology and psychotherapy and is accredited with the British Psychological Society.
He has over 35 years working in the ‘not for profit’ and public sectors, and has worked for medium and large organisations as Chief Executive, Operations Director and Head of Service. His career has been ostensibly in the social housing, property development and refurbishment, and facilities management sectors. He is currently Vice Chairman for Southdown Housing Association based in Lewes, Sussex, and also Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, and Mentor for the Housing Diversity Network.

Gordon Mattocks CPFA

Board Member 

Retired Accountant

Chair of the Finance, Risk & Audit Commitee and Member of the Human Resources & Remuneration Committee

40 years’ experience in public sector finance and audit.  Worked in new towns, local government, higher education and lastly for 15 years in social housing.  Subsequently a member of various boards/ audit/ risk/ finance committees, including member of the Independent Audit Committee of the Dorset and Devon/Cornwall Police Authority and Board member/Treasurer of the Young Women’s Trust.  He was also formally a Board member of Inquilab and Ekaya housing associations. 

Past audit committee member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Treasurer/ Executive Committee member of the Housing Internal Audit Forum, the trade association for housing internal audit

Louisa Martin

Board Member

Executive Director & Board Advisor

Member of the Assets & New Business Committee

Louisa has specialized in Capital Markets for 22 years. She was a Director at Citigroup and at ABN AMRO, advising large asset managers on investment risk and trading and hedging strategies. At Societe Generale and Daiwa Capital Markets. Louisa traded UK government bonds as a proprietary trader and as a market-maker to large institutional investors. She was Director at a Toronto-based property advisory, and founded an insurance start-up. She has done mediation work for the precious metals platform Bullion Vault, and is also a Director at BIG bleu, a London-based property business. Louisa is Trustee and Chair of the Finance, Audit and External Engagement Committee at Citizens Advice Brent.

Yarema Ronish RIBA FRSA

Board Member

Director of an architectural firm

Member of the Assets & New Business Committee

Yarema is a founding Director of Richard Morton Architects and Biodiversity Capital. He has a strong grasp of planning, housing development, sustainable construction, ecology and law, and specialist knowledge of timber frame construction in the UK. He also has extensive experience in residential developments, commercial offices, listed buildings and healthcare.

John Skivington MBA

Board Member

Group Director at LHC

Chair of the Housing Services Committee.

John has had 22 years of board level experience within a variety of organisations in the built environment. He is a, a not-for-profit consultancy, offering procurement solutions for social landlords and public sector building owners throughout Great Britain. He has an extensive and varied career with roles in multidisciplinary contracting, multinational manufacturing and a privately-owned family business, all driven by a customer-oriented approach to business growth. John has also recently been appointed as a trustee of Surrey Community Action, based in Guildford.



Vicki March MSC


Director of Development & Sustainability 

An experienced social housing professional, Vicki is responsible for our new development schemes and retrofit programme. She also leads on sustainability and the implementation of Greenoak’s zero carbon strategy.

Originally trained as an architect, Vicki has varied experience in design and construction. She has also spent time working with under-represented communities on urban regeneration schemes and is passionate about community involvement in design. Driven by a keen interest in sustainable design and construction, Vicki updated her skills and knowledge by gaining an MSc Architecture (Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies).

Diana Kingdon FCG MBA


Chief Executive/Secretary

Diana has over 30 years’ experience in senior management roles. She has considerable experience of property management and support services, and strategic planning, financial and company secretarial matters. In her current role, she is responsible for working with Greenoak’s Board to set the strategic direction of the organisation.

Adrian Buffery MSc


Director of New Business & Innovation

Adrian is responsible for leading on new business and innovation. He has extensive experience in housing development and planning in Housing Associations and Local Authorities. He is experienced in policy and service delivery in a variety of voluntary and public bodies.

Adrian’s past work at Greenoak has sought to ensure that our homes are built to meet priority needs and maintained to a high quality standard including energy efficiency, including the development of Greenoak's award winning greenhome model. He now leads on new business ventures and partnerships and provides technical support to our asset management team.

Adrian Smith (Ady) MCMI MIAM


Director of Assets & Building Safety

As an experienced senior leader within the affordable housing services sector Adrian has successfully transferred the knowledge & skills, he gained in his 20 years within industrial manufacturing industries, into his unique brand of resident & property services. Incorporating a client led build, design, and servicing experience within commercial & private sector has enabled Adrian to appreciate the importance of providing the best product for all parties and most importantly the customer journey in in the provision of the end-product.

Having successfully transitioned into the affordable housing services sector nearly 10 years ago, Adrian has really fine-tuned and then blended his skills within People Management, Business Strategy, Health, Safety & Assurance, Asset Management, Building Pathology, Eco Build, Audit, Leadership & Coaching to develop an innovative, structured & people inclusive culture, who strive to deliver the best services possible.

As a long-standing member of the Chartered Managers Institute, the Institution of Occupational Safety, and Health and recently accepted membership to The Association of Safety and Compliance Professionals (ASCP), Adrian has people & safety at the heart of his management ethos.

Adrian has stated that the opportunity to moving to Greenoak Housing Association was “an opportunity which could not be missed”. Having been educated within Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Biology, Geography, Conservation and Eco-build working with an award winning (Low energy social housing project of the year & Social Housing Provider of the Year - Innovative Approach to Green Homes Award), forward thinking & affordable housing services provider, with a passion for Sustainability and a Greener Future for all residents “was a no brainer”.

(MCMI) Member of the Chartered Managers Institute
(MIAM) Member of the Institute for Asset Management

Berni Rigby


Director of Finance

Berni is a Financial and Management Accountant and has had over 30 years’ accountancy experience including 20 in the NHS. 

As Director of Finance his overall responsibility is for the strategic leadership and overall management of Greenoak's Finance team and ensuring that the appropriate financial and corporate services strategies, plans, processes and controls are in place. 

David Hall (CIH)

Head of Housing 

David is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and brings over 15 years’ experience of managing business strategy and front line housing management services.

He has experience as a leader in transforming teams and services.

Customers are have always been an important part in delivering change for David, and this can be shown in how he involves them and promotes two way constructive challenge.

David state that while he has worked for national and regional organisations in the past, Greenoak offers him two great opportunities, firstly to set strategy and then turn this into operational success, for the business, its staff and customers. ‘There is no one to blame but yourself ,when you set The Strategy and it does not work on the ground”. Secondly Greenoak is a forward thinking organisations which is putting Sustainability and The Green Agenda at the heart of its Business Plan.