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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has lived and worked in numerous countries across Africa and Asia. He now resides in London with his wife and daughters.
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.
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.
Mark joined Reall 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 having lived in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Zambia and overseeing programmes and complex humanitarian responses in numerous countries across Africa.
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.