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Our Executive Team manages our strategy, direction and day-to-day operations.

Group Chief Executive
Darrell Mercer

Darrell has over 40 years’ experience in the housing sector and was previously Assistant Director of Housing for the London Borough of Islington. He is the former Chief Executive of Acton Housing Association and the Dominion Housing Group. He is also a non-executive Board member for Your Housing Group and Zen Housing Group.

Executive Director (Change & IT)
Andrew Boyes

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in IT, working across a broad range of business sectors including housing, insurance, retail and distribution. Andrew has been an IT Director since 1998, holding three IT Director roles before he joined A2Dominion in 2009 as Group Director of IT. He became Executive Director (Change and IT) in 2014.

Executive Director (Managing Director, Commercial)
Nick Hutchings

Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry and formerly worked at the Berkeley Group, one of the most respected housebuilding brands in the industry, where he held senior management posts including Land Director and Managing Director of St George Central London.

Michael Reece
Executive Director (Operations)
Michael Reece

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector and has worked for housing associations, contractors and consultants. Michael joined A2Dominion from Savills, one of the most respected consultants in the sector. Prior to this he was Group Operations Director at Aster Group, where he worked for just under 12 years. Michael has a law degree and an MBA.

Executive Director (Finance & Strategy)
Dean Tufts

Dean is a chartered accountant and has worked in the housing industry for over 30 years. Dean was Group Finance Director of Dominion Housing Group for four years. Prior to that he was Finance Director of its forerunner Acton Housing Association for 11 years, joining the association from McCarthy & Stone Plc. Dean is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Interim Chief Executive
Anne Waterhouse

Anne is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ finance experience. Prior to her current role as Interim Chief Executive, Anne was Executive Director of Central & Financial Services. She joined Dominion Housing Group as Deputy Group Finance Director. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has also worked as a finance director within the housebuilding industry. Anne is also the Chair of Audit & Risk Committee and a Board member of Hornsey Housing Trust.

Our Operational Management Team oversees Central and Financial Services, Commercial, Operations and Financial Strategy.

Caroline Abomeli
Director of Communications
Caroline Abomeli

Caroline has over 18 years' experience in public relations. A trained journalist with a master’s in business management, she has previously worked for the Dominion Housing Group and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. She is responsible for the Group’s communications, digital, and corporate strategies, and is a member of its Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Steering Board. Caroline is also a non-executive director of Hertfordshire-based housing association B3Living, a trustee of the Ethical Property Foundation and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Reena Ainscough
Director of Strategic Procurement
Reena Ainscough

Reena has 15 years’ experience working in procurement and supply chain for both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining A2Dominion, Reena worked in senior procurement roles at the BBC, FCA and Metropolitan Police leading on procurement transformation, strategic outsourcing, insourcing, supplier management and development. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain and is in the process of becoming a Fellow (the highest level of membership). Reena is responsible for developing and delivering A2Dominion’s Procurement Strategy.

Gary Blatcher
Director of Customer Experience
Gary Blatcher

Gary has over 25 years' customer service experience within the financial and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining A2Dominion, Gary was Head of Customer Services and Head of Operational Planning at Bupa (Global and UK). In his current role, Gary is responsible for the development and delivery of the Group's Customer Experience and Services strategy.

Assistant Director of Customer Experience
Ellie Broughton

Ellie has over 30 years’ experience in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. Ellie has been with A2Dominion since 2006, originally with A2 Housing Group, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Jenny Dodsworth
Programme Director
Jenny Dodsworth

Jenny has over 20 years' experience managing programmes for organisations including Virgin Atlantic, Merlin Entertainments, B&Q and Capita. Jenny joined A2Dominion in 2021 and leads the Group's Programme Team in the delivery of the Fit for the Future Programme (FFP).

Jo Evans
Director of Specialist Housing
Jo Evans

Jo has 13 years of experience in the housing sector, spending the majority of her career at Saxon Weald where she rose to Operations Business Manager in 2016. She joined A2Dominion in 2019 as the Head of Operations (Care & Support) where she focused on delivering new business and cultivating key partnerships to facilitate new funding opportunities and contracts. Jo holds an MSc in Housing.

Commercial Finance Director
Deirdre Harlowe

Deirdre has over 15 years' experience providing financial services for a range of industries, including the housing, retail, IT and oil and gas sectors. Deirdre was Group Financial Controller for data company Venture Information Ltd for four years prior to joining A2Dominion. She has also held senior roles at My FD Ltd, Irish Estates Plc and A2 Housing Group. Deirdre is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Ian Hill
Director of Governance & Compliance
Ian Hill

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in regulation, compliance and governance, working in central government, local government and housing roles. Previously he was the Director of Governance with Citizen, a 32,000 home provider in the West Midlands. Most recently, he has been working for a group of Registered Providers in East Anglia on governance, regulatory improvement and mergers. Ian joined A2Dominion in September 2019 and is leading on compliance and health and safety as well as risk management and insurance.

Director of Property Services
David Lingeman

David brings over 20 years of property knowledge to the organisation, and is responsible for strategic asset management and delivering an effective and efficient repairs and maintenance service for our diverse range of residents. He was Dominion Housing Group’s Director of Property Services for several years, having previously worked for Notting Hill Housing in a variety of roles.

Ellie Lodge
Director of Treasury
Ellie Lodge

Ellie has over 20 years’ experience working in treasury management in the housing sector. Ellie was the Director of Corporate Finance at Moat Homes and the Director of Treasury & Risk at AmicusHorizon Housing Group, a post she held for 16 years. Ellie joined A2Dominion in September 2018 and is responsible for the treasury operations, ensuring that there are effective strategies and resources in place to achieve the Group’s current and future objectives.

Director of Special Projects
Danny Lynch

Danny has almost 30 years’ land and property purchasing experience. He has been with A2Dominion for 20 years, prior to which he worked at Shepherds Bush Housing Association and the London Borough of Ealing. He is a general practice surveyor and member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), specialising in development and land appraisal.

Mike May
Construction Director
Mike May

Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Construction Manager. He has over 30 years’ experience within the building industry and has extensive experience of the residential sector in both the private and public markets. Before joining A2Dominion Mike was the Managing Director of Southern Space Ltd - a commercial development company within the Southern Housing Group.

Steve Michaux
Director of Residential Services
Steve Michaux

Steve has worked for over 25 years in housing management, spending 10 years as a freelance consultant. He has worked in both frontline and senior roles. Prior to the formation of the A2Dominion Group, he was Dominion Housing Group’s Group Director of Leasehold Services.

Director of Sales & Marketing
Rosie Nesbitt

Rosie has over 10 years' experience in sales and marketing. Prior to joining A2Dominion, she held senior roles at The Berkeley Group (Berkeley First), UNITE Group, Crown Golf and Whitbread (David Lloyd). Rosie is responsible for the sales and marketing of private sales and shared ownership in London and southern England.

Director of Land & Planning
Simon Potts

Simon has worked in the housebuilding industry for over 30 years. He is responsible for land acquisition and planning for the Group, and has extensive experience of brownfield and greenfield land acquisition, strategic land promotion and planning. He was previously A2Dominion’s Executive Director (Commercial, South East) for over 3 years, and has held senior positions in a planning practice and a number of UK house builders.

Director of IT
Andrew Smith

Andrew has worked in IT for over 30 years, and has held IT Director positions for Hallmark Cards, Express Dairies and Arla Foods. Over the last 10 years, he moved into consultancy and interim management, with positions at the CIO leadership table at easyJet, the Co-operative Group, DX Group, Npower and Police Mutual. He has a track record of successfully delivering major change programmes, and raising the quality and stability of IT services.

Director of Human Resources
Penny St Martin

Penny has 14 years’ experience in HR. Prior to joining A2Dominion, she held a number of senior roles at Transport for London, leading on organisational design and change for its transformation programme. Penny is responsible for the Group’s HR and Learning & Development services. She has a master's in personnel and development, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Director of Technical & Commercial
Steven Waite

Steve has 20 years' experience of working for private sector residential housing developers. Prior to joining A2Dominion, Steve worked for Telford Homes PLC, Laing Homes and Fairview Homes. His role is to manage the technical and commercial departments, ensure delivery of design information, and control procurement and budget to complete each development.

Director of Housing
Dawn Wightman

Dawn has more than 25 years' experience in the housing sector, including 10 years working at A2Dominion. Prior to her current role Dawn was our Area Director for London, and also previously worked for Catalyst Housing Group in various housing management positions. Dawn holds a Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management.

Commercial Director (Programme and Compliance)
Doreen Wright

Doreen has over 20 years’ experience in the housing sector. She is responsible for the management and delivery of our development programme, ensuring the necessary resources are in place to guarantee the Development Team continues to produce a high volume of quality housing.