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The Executive Team
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Olivia Harris
Olivia Harris
Chief Executive

Olivia was appointed as Chief Executive in April 2017. Previously, Olivia was Finance Director at Dolphin Living, providing financial and commercial oversight on a wide range of property and related projects, including debt and fund raising. Olivia is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for more than 15 years in the property industry.

Olivia is a Director of our Registered Provider, Dolphin Living, a board member of Westminster Community Homes and Chair of the Westminster Property Association.

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James Hedgman
James Hedgman
Finance Director

James is a Chartered Accountant who received his qualifications in New Zealand. He has acquired over two decades of experience as a financial executive and Chartered Accountant.

James is a Director of our development subsidiary.

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Sam While
Sam While
Development Director

Sam is a qualified Architect with over 16 years’ experience leading delivery teams on a wide variety of mixed-use residential led developments. Sam is responsible for the design and delivery of all of Dolphin Living’s projects from acquisition through to completion.

Sam is a Director of our development subsidiary.

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Octavia Williams
Octavia Williams
Operations & Compliance Director

Octavia has worked in the housing sector for 13 years and has a wide range of experience across a variety of areas in the sector. Previously Octavia led the Member Engagement and Relations team at the National Housing Federation. Octavia is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Octavia is a Director of our Registered Provider.

Work for us

We are a small team working in central London. We offer an attractive employment package with an excellent range of employee benefits. We pride ourselves on recruiting and retaining outstanding people.

We do not have any current vacancies.

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David Lavarack
David Lavarack
Chair

David is the Executive Director Corporate Services at Peabody, a large London based housing association. He is responsible for Strategy & Communications, HR, IT and Facilities. David joined Peabody in March 2007 from Barclays Bank, where he held posts including Small Business Banking Director and Chief Operating Officer for the marketing and communications. David has extensive experience in strategic change management and organisational development.

David sits on both the Dolphin Square Foundation and the Dolphin Living Limited Boards.

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Deirdra Armsby
Deirdra Armsby
Audit & Risk Committee member

Deirdra is Director of Place Shaping at Westminster City Council, providing strategic leadership on the form and function of the city for the future. Previously Deirdra was Director for Regeneration and Planning at the London Borough of Newham and involved in the Olympic planning and legacy, strategic transport and large scale mixed use projects including 1000s of new homes.

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Bruce Clitherow
Bruce Clitherow
Chair of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee

A Chartered Surveyor for over 40 years and Westminster resident, Bruce has had a career specialising in property management in the private sector, with particular emphasis on charities. Recently the Director of Estates for the Children’s Society and property advisor to St John Ambulance, he was also on the Committee of Management of Dolphin Square Trust for 14 years up to the creation of the Foundation in 2005. He now holds a number of advisory positions in the charity world.

Bruce sits on both the Dolphin Square Foundation and the Dolphin Living Limited Boards.

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Andrew Giblin
Andrew Giblin
Chair of the Acquisition, Finance & Development Committee

Andrew is a director of Dorrington PLC, a privately owned residential and commercial property company that invests mainly in London. He focuses on business development, strategy, acquisitions and sales, financing, investment appraising, business planning, and asset management across both the residential and commercial portfolios. Andrew joined Dorrington in 2005, having started his career in investment banking.

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Julia Moulder
Julia Moulder
Acquisition, Finance & Development Committee member

Julia is an experienced Development & Regeneration professional, with a career in both public and private sectors. Julia spent 20 years in Executive Director roles at Catalyst Housing, she was responsible for their mixed tenure development programme, asset management, sustainability and health & safety. She now runs her own consultancy business, JM Development Consulting, working with public sector clients and their partners and suppliers to increase the supply of good quality affordable homes. Julia chaired the G15 Housing Association Development Directors Group 2013 – 2017.

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Sarah Philbrick
Sarah Philbrick
Acquisition, Finance & Development Committee member

Sarah was Development Director at the Royal Academy of Engineering until 2016, having previously spent nearly 20 years as an investment banker. She was a director at HSBC Investment Bank. Sarah now focuses on charities and governance, and currently her other board roles are the Jurassic Coast Trust, which is responsible for managing the World Heritage Site, and Carefreebreaks, a social tech start-up. She was recently appointed to the board of the Vehicle Certification Agency, part of the Department for Transport. Sarah lives in Westminster.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
Audit & Risk Committee member

Sarah started her career as an external auditor with BDO Stoy Hayward. Specialising in social housing she moved to KPMG. Sarah moved to London & Quandrant Group and then AmicusHorizon (now Optivo following merger) in 2009. She chaired the G15 Finance Directors’ Group for two years to June 2019. 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 for the last two years she also chaired the Audit & Risk Committee.

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Anna Strongman
Anna Strongman
Acquisition, Finance & Development Committee member

Anna Strongman is CEO of Oxford University (OUD), a joint venture between Oxford University and Legal & General set up to build Innovation Districts and subsidised accommodation for graduate students and the university workforce. Anna was previously Managing Partner of Argent LLP. She spent 12 years at Argent on a range of asset, development and business planning projects. Highlights included leading the Asset Management of King’s Cross, developing Coal Drop Yards and setting up a BTR portfolio with JV partners Related.

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Jane Staveley
Jane Staveley
Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee

Jane Staveley has been a partner in a number of City law firms for over 30 years, and recently retired from Ashurst LLP where she specialised in the procurement and financing of social infrastructure projects, such as: schools, university accommodation, health facilities, MOD accommodation and social housing. Jane was a board member of Thames Valley Housing Association from 2001 – 2013, and Chair of the charitable subsidiary for the last three years of that period.

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Richard Petty
Richard Petty
Chair, and Acquisition, Finance & Development Committee member

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor and Head of UK Living Advisory at JLL, a leading global firm of property consultants and agents. He has over 30 years’ experience in commercial and residential property with the last 24 years devoted principally to the affordable housing sector. Richard advises Registered Providers, their funders, investors and other stakeholders on valuation, development and asset management, and is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in this field. Richard has over 20 years’ experience as a board member.

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Bruce Clitherow
Bruce Clitherow
Chair of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee

A Chartered Surveyor for over 40 years and Westminster resident, Bruce has had a career specialising in property management in the private sector, with particular emphasis on charities. Recently the Director of Estates for the Children’s Society and property advisor to St John Ambulance, he was also on the Committee of Management of Dolphin Square Trust for 14 years up to the creation of the Foundation in 2005. He now holds a number of advisory positions in the charity world.

Bruce sits on both the Dolphin Square Foundation and the Dolphin Living Limited Boards.

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Ben Laryea
Ben Laryea
Audit & Risk Committee member

Ben is the Chief Executive of Ekaya Housing Association, responsible to the Board for the leadership and strategic direction of the Association. Prior to this, he was the Housing Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Westway Housing Association. Ben has held a variety of senior Housing and Asset Management roles with both large and small organisations within the Housing sector, including three years’ experience as an independent housing professional, supporting organisations through change, performance improvement and service transformation.

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David Lavarack
David Lavarack
Chair

David is the Executive Director Corporate Services at Peabody, a large London based housing association. He is responsible for Strategy & Communications, HR, IT and Facilities. David joined Peabody in March 2007 from Barclays Bank, where he held posts including Small Business Banking Director and Chief Operating Officer for the marketing and communications. David has extensive experience in strategic change management and organisational development.

David sits on both the Dolphin Square Foundation and the Dolphin Living Limited Boards.