Our Board

Innisfree Board of Management 2021

At Innisfree we understand that good governance is vital to the success of the organisation. We are directed and led by our board of management who are a passionate group of people truly committed to making a difference to the lives of our residents. 

  • Kevin Hartnett

    Chair of Board, Development Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2016

    Kevin has over 40 years experience in housing, design and construction, having worked for several local authorities and housing associations as well as spells in the private sector. This ranged from large scale inner city regeneration projects through to small rural schemes.

    He spent almost twenty years working at Director level, specialising in high quality design and environmental innovation. He has spoken at many national and international conferences and is a former external examiner for housing degree courses.

  • Liz Cain

    Board Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

    Appointed to the Board in 2015

    Liz  works in the Debt Origination team at Pension Insurance Corporation, where she focuses on investments in the social housing and wider infrastructure space.

    Prior to joining PIC, Liz was a Director at TradeRisks, where she headed the Risk Advisory team, providing treasury and corporate finance advice to housing associations, as well as helping them to raise debt in the banking and capital markets. Liz is a Chartered Accountant, and also Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee at Innisfree.

  • Mairéad Carroll

    Board Member and Development Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Commitee Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2015

    Mairéad  is currently an Associate Director of Residential Standards at RICS.   Mairéad has worked in the housing sector for over 17 years.

    Previous posts include Housing Programme Director at London First and External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation. Mairéad was also Head of Policy and External Affairs at East Thames where she led the g15’s Real London Lives project. Mairéad began her career working with adults with learning disabilities.

  • Ciara Chivers

    Board Member, Chair of Remuneration and Nominations and Audit and Risk Committee Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2018

    Ciara is currently undertaking a postgraduate degree while on a career break from the Cabinet Office, where she supported transformation programmes across the public sector to make government work better and maximise the resources available to deliver high-quality services to the public.

    She started her career in corporate finance at a leading global investment bank, originating and executing takeover and financing transactions for corporate and private equity clients across a range of countries and sectors.

  • Nick Yandle

    Board Member and Audit and Risk Committee Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2019

    Nick works at the Infrastructure & Projects Authority in the Cabinet Office as a Senior Policy Advisor, leading change programmes to improve UK infrastructure delivery. He previously worked at the National Housing Federation as both Policy Officer and Policy Leader, with responsibility for rent policy, asset management, regeneration and building safety.

    He first joined the social housing sector as a graduate in 2012, training with Sanctuary Group before setting up their public affairs function and eventually becoming Legal Services Manager. His skills include policy, strategy, leadership and risk management.

  • Brian Brady

    Board Member, Chair of the Development Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2019

    Brian is Managing Director at Eco World International Ltd. He has extensive residential development experience for leading national housebuilders and developers including Taylor Woodrow and Willmott Dixon.

    Brian moved from Ireland in 1986 part of the economic migration in the mid 80s.

  • Deepti Jerath

    Board Member & Audit and Risk Committee Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2021

    Deepti is a Senior Underwriter at MIGA (a member of the World Bank Group), where she is in charge of Capital Markets, with a focus on green bonds and expanding MIGA’s guarantee business with institutional investors.

    She has over 18 years of experience in the financial industry focusing on risk management and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining MIGA, she was Head of Debt origination at Phoenix Group where she was responsible for leading and developing asset strategy across various private debt assets such as Infrastructure, Social Housing, Local Authority debt, Real Estate and more. Previously, she had worked at JP Morgan Chase & Co and began her career at HSBC where she helped deliver risk management and hedging solutions to UK financial clients.

  • Gerry Doherty

    Board Member and Audit and Risk Committee Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2021

    Gerry is a qualified surveyor and has over 25 years experience working in social housing at all levels having previously been Chief Executive of Brent Housing Partnership .

    He is currently Executive Director of Customer Services at Network Homes which owns approximately 20,000 properties and is based in Wembley.

  • John Fitzsimons

    Board Member and Development Committee Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2021

    John works as a barrister at Cornerstone Barristers. He specialises in public law with a particular focus on planning & environment, social housing, data protection and social care. As a result of his areas of practice, John has extensive experience of the challenges faced by social housing sector.

    He regularly advises and represents housing associations and their tenants in legal proceedings.

  • Jahanara Rajkoomar

    Board Member

    Appointed to the Board in 2022

    Jahanara is the Director of Community Investment and Customer Voice at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing with a record of delivering strategic and innovative social solutions that positively benefit the business and its customers.

    Making a difference to people who are socially disadvantaged or excluded is her primary motivator and has defined her career to date. This remains a huge passion; trying to make a difference to people in a way that is meaningful to them. She brought this commitment into the housing sector over 14 years in a variety of roles and has used her experience and knowledge to influence how housing can play a role in enabling customers to be better tenants and take control of their lives.

    In response to the changes taking place at the macro level in the socio-economic environment over the last 20 years, Jahanara has become a more commercially aware leader who is able to lead teams/programmes and develop creative responses to organisational challenges that are highly effective and demonstrably deliver value for money.