Tracy AllisonChief Executive
Tracy Allison is CEO at West Kent Housing Association and is passionate about the role housing associations can play within society. She is a finance director by profession, with an early career spanning the charity and commercial sectors. She has a track record in leading organisations through tough times, creating a compelling vision, gaining buy in to change and working through others to achieve an organisation’s potential. Tracy has held senior roles including Deputy CEO at The Hyde Group, Finance Director at Origin Housing and Non-Executive roles with St Mungo’s, a leading homelessness charity and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Cathy McCarthyExecutive Director of Housing and Communities
Cathy is a champion of providing excellent customer focussed services. She is responsible for our housing and communities services including customer and tenancy services, income & financial wellbeing, our older persons & supported housing services. Cathy has held senior strategic and operational roles in social housing most recently at Centrepoint, the young person’s homelessness charity, Southern Housing and Origin Housing. She is the Chair of Penge Churches Housing Association.
Maria OrganExecutive Director of Finance
Maria has over 15 years’ experience working in several senior finance roles across housing and the wider public sector, including local government, regeneration, and health. She is responsible for business planning, treasury and financial management, rents & service charges and procurement, risk management and governance. Maria has held senior roles including Deputy Director of Finance for Raven Housing Trust and has been a trustee of several charities, most recently Croydon Plus Credit Union. Maria is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
Neil DiddamsExecutive Director of Property and Asset Management
Neil has over two decades of experience in the housing and commercial sector. Neil is a skilled strategic leader and service delivery specialist. He is responsible for strategic asset management, our property management services including building safety, our office portfolio and iNHomes, our in-house gas and plumbing team. Neil has worked in various senior-level positions, with significant responsibilities for large contracts and budgets. Prior to joining West Kent Housing, he held leadership roles at Orbit, Carillion Energy Services, and British Gas. He also served as Partnerships Director at 4i Solutions, where he provided consultancy support to the housing sector, including G15 and Kent-based peers. He is the Chair of the Kent Housing Asset management subgroup, Chair of the South East Consortium and a board member for the Bowles Rock Charity.
Anabel PalmerExecutive Director of Property Development and Partnerships
Anabel has a commitment to building homes and communities that our residents are proud to live in. She is responsible for securing our pipeline of new homes development, options appraisal for our existing portfolio and stock transfer opportunities. She has a background in housing development, regeneration and social impact and started her career as a lawyer specialising in building litigation. Anabel has held senior roles at director level at Southern Housing encompassing social and economic regeneration, community investment and housing for older people and Non-Executive roles with St Martin of Tours Housing Association and Sure Start Hackney.
Barbara HomeExecutive Director of Strategic Programme
Barbara is a change professional who has both the customer and staff at the heart of what she does. She is responsible for planning and driving delivery of our ambitious strategic plan and the HR, business performance and project management functions. Barbara brings a wealth of experience, with a background in retail operations and property services for major retailers John Lewis, Waitrose and Sainsburys. She has held senior roles leading on business change, strategic planning, and programme delivery at Tui and most recently at Hyde Housing Group.