Westway Housing Association is run by a Board of Management. The Board currently consists of 9 members elected by our shareholders of which two Board members are tenant representatives.
The Board meets quarterly to consider our overall strategy and future development. It oversees the allocation of our financial resources, and approves our acquisitions and disposals, major investments, annual budgets, treasury policy, risk management strategy and senior executive appointments. It also provides high-level performance monitoring via a balanced scorecard report.
Our Board Members
Meera Bedi has over 25 years experience in London’s Housing Sector. She has worked for large and small Housing Associations and BME and specialist organisations. Meera’s main expertise lies with Development but in recent years she had done work within fundraising, communications and Public Relations. Meera joined the Board in September 2013.
Debra Redhead-Allen is an MBA graduate, an Associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, with over 20 years of experience in the private and public sector. She is currently the capital accountant at the Greater London Authority and is responsible for the financial management of their strategic capital projects. For more than 10 years, Debra worked in the housing sector in a range of organisations including local councils and executive non-departmental public bodies. Debra joined the Board in September 2016.
Addy Olubajo is a Business graduate with an MBA and currently a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Develoment. Addy is a qualified Human Resource specialist with over 20 years service exerience in both Private and Public sector organisations. Addy has expertise and specialist knowledge in HR Strategy, Employee Relations, Organisation development, Employment Law, Equality & Diversity and TUPE. Addy is currently Managing Director of AOMC HR consultancy. He is also a member of the Scrutiny Committee. Addy joined the Board in 2013.
Leroy McKenzie is a freelance counsellor and Chair of the Tenants’ Committee. He joined the Board in 2017.
Adeleye Agbede is a Senior Executive with a solid background in business management, commercial and project management across Building Construction & Housing Sectors. He is an experienced and motivated individual who possesses unique expertise in all aspects of Project Delivery, Procurement, Project and Change Management and Consultancy. He specialises in business and project turnaround and the efficient management of business and large-scale projects. His experience has been enhanced by an Executive MBA from Henley Business School. Leye has held executive management positions for over 15 years in the UK and overseas for client, consultant and contracting organisations. He has a track record of managing challenging and complex contracts and projects from small values up to £1Billion plus. His experience spans the entire project lifecycle from initial development appraisal through bidding, negotiation, procurement, construction delivery, operations and whole life asset management.
Somayeh Tosi is a business leader, and Legal Assistant with a long-standing background in Health and Social Care. Somayeh supports the organisation by contributing critical knowledge and experience across social housing and health and social care within both the public and private sectors. She has a proven track record of providing solutions through strategic analysis, understanding challenges, and providing consultancy on an array of issues, supporting managers, senior leaders, and home care agencies across functions including compliance, legislation, and CQC inspection. She is dedicated to developing processes within the social sector to deliver improved social care outcomes while operating in often complex stakeholder environments.
Samuel Aligbe is a senior development and regeneration professional with significant tenures of service in the housing association , private consultancy and local authority sectors.
Most recently he has been responsible for supporting local authorities as they journey back into house building space leading the initiation and delivery of their large scale housing led regeneration programmes delivered directly or through wholly owned subsidiaries and is a specialist in unlocking complex opportunities , risk management and project / programme turnaround.
As a practitioner with a keen interest in African economic development he is also a Director of Trans global Consulting and Investment Ltd ( registered in Nigeria) which is a vehicle for providing advisory and investment services in West and East Africa in the areas of economic development , housing and urban development.
Educated at the Universities of London , Reading and Cambridge Samuel is a Chartered Surveyor and an Economist by training.
Hayley has joined the Westway Board in September 2020. She is a tenant representative and member of Westway’s Tenants Committee.