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Our senior staff team

Paul Leo – Interim Chief Executive

 

As Interim Chief Executive Paul is responsible for everything to do with the organisation and the service.

That includes working with the Board of trustees and partners to develop the longer term plans for the organisation.

Paul spent his early years living and attending school in the London Borough of Ealing. He start his career working for parts of the WH Smith group, and went on to become a Chief Executive of a public limited company by the age of 30. Over the next few years he founded a market research company specialising in the exhibition and motor vehicle sectors.

He was a awarded an MBA from Kingston University in 2004.

For over ten years, Paul has been leading major change projects, particularly in housing and local government.

He’s worked across the country including Merthyr Tydfil, Northumberland and Hull as well as various locations in London where he helped set up the Housing ALMO for London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

 

Jacqueline Adusei – Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive

Jacqueline has a career in housing spanning almost 30 years with a good insight in legal and policy issues which govern housing and its regulatory practice.

Jacqueline has worked within the housing sector on both general needs and supported housing for over 20 years. On behalf of the Notting Hill Housing Trust, Jacqueline pioneered care leavers, young homeless people’s supported housing services and special needs initiatives in partnership with some West London local authorities.

Jacqueline Adusei formerly worked as Chief Executive for Slough, Basingstoke and Newbury YMCA at which time she was a member of Slough Borough Council’s Supporting People Core Strategy Group.

From 2005 – January 2017, Jacqueline was CEO of Ekaya Housing Association (a specialist housing provider which provided supported and general needs housing within South London) also Director of its Subsidiary Day Nursery.

Jacqueline has a sound educational background in Housing, a BSc. Hons. In Health and Social Care, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management.

 

Kieran Connolly – Head of Finance, Audit and Procurement

As Head of Finance, Kieran’s focus is directed on ensuring that the association’s financial procedures, controls and reporting processes are all fit for purpose and resilient to changes within the organisation and the wider environment. He works closely with the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees to ensure that the information regarding the association’s financial performance is communicated effectively and accurately.

He gained the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) membership in February 2014 and he also holds a CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Certificate in Business Accounting. He obtained the vast majority of his practical accounting experience whilst working in the commercial sector. Kieran started his career at Norwich Airport in Norfolk in a junior role as an Accounts Assistant and was fortunate to progress, over a five-year period, to be appointed as the Group Head of Finance. Whilst he thoroughly enjoyed his time in the commercial sector, he has held a long-term ambition to work in the charity sector, where the money generated by an organisation can be re-invested in supporting and helping people.

His aim is to introduce some of the practices he has learned in the commercial sector (credit control, value for money, procurement processes) to the association whilst maintaining and respecting the organisation’s ethos and values.