Steering Group

Jon has been at Catalyst Housing since 2006, during which time he has worked in a variety of roles including Marketing, Event Management and more recently as Contract Manager of Home Ownership Westminster, a service Catalyst deliver for Westminster City Council. Jon also freelances in the broadcasting media on a part time basis as an Event Coordinator and has worked on many high profile televised special events and award shows during the last 10 years.

Jon McDermott – Chair

City West Homes

Melissa joined Hastoe in 2008 to head up a new sales department at Hastoe. She also manages the communications and PR function and, more recently, the re-sales function. Previously with Peabody, Melissa has extensive experience of affordable home ownership and intermediate housing initiatives.

Melissa Toomey – Vice Chair

Heylo Housing

Emma manages the delivery of the national events portfolio at the National Housing Federation including events on finance, development, regeneration, asset management, neighbourhoods, affordable home ownership, regulation and legal policy.

Emma Harrison – Awards Manager

National Housing Federation

Claire Blenkin


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Minnie Dand

Hyde New Homes

Currently Head of Marketing for the commercial division of Notting Hill Housing, Emma is a Chartered Marketer heading up a team of 10 marketing professionals responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all commercial marketing activity for the group.  With 9 years’ property marketing experience both in the UK and overseas, Emma has spearheaded strategic marketing campaigns for multiple award-winning developments, across tenures including private sale, Shared Ownership sales and market rent.

Emma has been an active member of the steering group since 2008.  Prior to her career in property marketing Emma worked for 7 years at the BBC working in a number of B2B and B2C marketing roles.

Emma Maddick

Notting Hill

Lisa has worked in housing for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience in both the private and affordable housing sector.  Having started her career in residential estate agency she moved into affordable housing within the Shared Ownership Sales team at Tower Homes (L&Q) before moving to Development in 2003 and is currently Senior Business Development Manager at Moat.

Lisa Shead


Os has worked in housing for 25 years, throughout which he has been involved with affordable home ownership and the more commercial side of housing association’s work. Os is known as an expert in his field both within the not for profit sector and more generally in the property world.

Os Osman


Andrew is a passionate, results-oriented and award-winning marketing leader with over ten years’ experience in housing. Previously with Notting Hill Housing, Andrew is the Head of Marketing at Peabody where he leads a team of talented marketers to deliver innovative, multi-channel campaigns for shared ownership and private sale.  Prior to his career in property marketing, Andrew worked in sports marketing in his native Canada.

Andrew Peglau


Alice Turner


Nicola has worked for Radian for over 15 years in various roles, more recently with the  Home Ownership Team specialising in the Shared Ownership Sales and Lettings.  However, since the recent uncertainty regarding future grant funding I have been heading up the more commercial arm of the business setting up the new Market Rent and Open Market Sales teams in which we are aiming to build our “Profit for Purpose” portfolio.  Currently working on 2 major HCA schemes in Portsmouth and Bordon (Eco Town) which will result in 100+ open market sales.

Nicola Whiting