Our team

Our Board

Chris Loughlin

Board Chair

Chris is Chief Executive of Pennon Group Plc, a leading UK environmental infrastructure company covering the water and waste management sectors.

Chris has extensive experience of the regulated business environment and has a comprehensive understanding of the water industry, serving on the Boards of Water UK, British Water and the Institute of Water. Chris was previously a Trustee of the international charity, WaterAid and was also a senior diplomat in Japan.

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Kate Wareing

Board Trustee

Kate is Chief Executive of Soha Housing. She has over 15 years’ experience working to address issues of poverty and social justice in the UK. This includes working for Cherwell Housing Trust, Oxfordshire County Council and more recently as Director of the UK Poverty Programme for Oxfam GB. Kate has also spent time consulting on strategy development, service redesign and organisational development.


Board Trustee

Aqualine is the Founder and Managing Director of GAP Solutions, a Johannesburg-based pan-African consulting firm.

Aqualine’s background includes being an Associate Consultant for the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa’s (CAHF) Citymark division. Aqualine also works as a Development Consultant to various housing developers operating in South Africa, Rwanda, DRC, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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Andrea Marmolejo

Board Trustee

Andrea is the co-founder of Blue Topaz Capital, an advisory service that targets integrated financial, environmental, and social performance markets, including financial markets in Africa and Asia.

She is a Board Member at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Member of the Investment Committee at the Lankelly Chase Foundation.

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Paul Hackett CBE

Board Trustee

Paul is currently the Chief Executive of Optivo, one of the largest housing associations in the UK. He is also Honorary Professor at UCL, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management.

A former Board Member of Gallions Housing Association, Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector in the UK, as well as in governance and organisational leadership.

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Diana Mitlin

Board Trustee

Diana is Professor of Global Urbanism, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, and the Principal Researcher, Human Settlements Group, IIED.

A former Chair of Homeless International, and a current Trustee of the Inqolobane, she has extensive experience academically and strategically, as well as in governance roles, within the urban housing and development sector in the Global South.

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Steve Troop

Board Trustee

Now retired, Steve worked for nearly four decades in international banking across Asia-Pacific, South America, Europe and the Middle East, a career that culminated in his role as Chief Executive Officer of Barwa Bank, an award-winning Islamic financial institution based in Qatar.

Sarah Smith

Audit Committee Chair

Currently the Chief Financial Officer of Optivo, Sarah started her career as an external auditor with BDO Stoy Hayward, before specialising in social housing.

Sarah is the Vice Chair of the NHF’s SORP Working Party and sits on the ICAEW social housing sub-committee. She retired from the Board of Lewisham Homes in October 2019 having served for 10 years, where she also chaired the Audit & Risk Committee. Sarah now sits on the Board of Dolphin Square Foundation.

Ranil De Silva

Audit Committee Member

Ranil is currently the Global Director of Finance for Save the Children International. He is also a board trustee for South West London Law Centers and Oaktree Australia.

Ranil is a certified practicing accountant and a senior finance executive with over 20 years’ experience in the commercial, chartered accounting and NGO sectors. After moving to an NGO role in Australia in 2014, he spent 3 years in a field-based role as the Regional Finance and Support Services Director for East and Southern Africa.

Our Leadership

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Ian Shapiro

Chief Executive

Ian has been working at the interface between private sector effectiveness and public good for 25 years. Reall’s model has provided an ideal platform for his leadership.

Ian spent 16 years at DFID (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), where he progressed to Head of Private Sector Development. Ian was Chief Strategy Officer for Crown Agents before joining Reall as CEO in 2018. Ian was named in a list of ‘Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020’ by The CEO Publication.

Ian has lived and worked in numerous countries across Africa and Asia. He now resides in London with his wife and daughters.

Lucy Livesley

Director of Policy and External Affairs

Lucy has over 15 years’ experience in international development and has spent over a decade of her career at Reall.

She played a key role in shaping Reall’s evolution from grant-giving NGO to market-focused investor and innovator. The bulk of Lucy’s expertise is in investor relations, where she has led Reall’s strategic relationships with donors. Lucy also has a strong track record of programme design and delivery in various African and Asian geographies.

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Patrick Domingos Tembwa

Director of Africa and Asia Partnerships

Patrick is a CIMA qualified accountant with extensive experience in financial management, investment and international development.

He started his career in finance at British Telecom in 1998. Over the following decade, he worked for a real estate consultancy firm, in investment banking at JPMorgan and RBS. He also helped setup a micro finance bank in DR Congo in 2009.

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Mark Atterton

Commercial Director

With over 20 years’ experience in the international development field, Mark originally joined Reall as the Director of Corporate Planning & Strategy from Oxfam, where he held the positions of Head of Programme Portfolio Oversight and Development in their Oxford offices, and Country Director for Oxfam in Ethiopia.

Mark has extensive development and humanitarian experience across Africa and the Pacific, having lived in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Fiji. Mark previously was the Director for Human Rights for the Inter-Governmental Body for the Pacific, SPC and has significant experience in overseeing programmes and complex humanitarian responses in numerous countries across Africa.

Noel Grace

Director of Finance and Administration

Noel is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 25 years of extensive leadership experience in financial management, audit, business planning, company secretarial and treasury.

Noel’s most recent position was as Director of Finance at Birmingham’s YMCA, whose mission is to work with the homeless and disadvantaged groups. As part of the leadership team, he implemented the organisation’s transition to becoming a self-sustaining, property-owning social enterprise backed by funders and grant-making bodies.

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