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Jonathan Adlington LLB

Chair of Ocean Housing Group Limited (OHGL).

Retired Senior Partner of Trowers & Hamlins and past member of the Regulator for Social Housing’s (RSH) Regulation Committee. Jonathan has a wealth of knowledge in commercial property and housing. Acknowledged as being a legal expert and leader in the field of Social Housing.

Myfanwy Barrett

Chair of NRC & Board Member

Recently retired from the position of Managing Director of Corporate Services at the House of Commons. CIPFA qualified finance professional with extensive senior management experience in the public sector.

Mike Crabb BSc (Hons)

Chair of GARAC, Board member of OHGL and member of NRC

Retired CEO within the banking industry, and a non-executive director at the Charity Bank.

Andrea Smith B.Sc (Hons), Dip.Arch, RIBA

Chair of the Ocean Housing Limited (OHL) Board, Board member of OHGL and member of GARAC

Recently retired from a senior executive role as Director of Development and New Business. Has led large development programmes including joint ventures and now runs her own consultancy business specialising in interim management.

Chris Spencer

Chris Spencer MA, C.Eng, MICE, MBA

Chair of Gilbert & Goode (G&G).

Chris is semi-retired, and runs his own consultancy business specialising in major capital and asset management projects. Has experience of Public Private Partnerships and the Private Finance Initiative, and has held Managing Director roles with Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and Balfour Beatty Capital Ltd.

Kevin Pearce

Deputy Group Chief Executive


Mark Gardner MA, FCIH

Group Chief Executive

Mark began his housing career in 1983 as a Trainee Housing Manager in local local government.

In 1993 he was appointed the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Director in Wales and the South West of England.

He was appointed Chief Executive of Eastern Valley Housing Association in 1995 and led a merger to create Melin Homes, becoming its first Chief Executive in 2007.

Mark joined Ocean Housing as its Group Chief Executive on 1 November 2016.

“Ocean exists for a social purpose to provide homes for people that need them…”

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