BECGconversation Podcast Episode 3: The Housing Association sector and Coronavirus – The CEO view

For the third episode in the BECGconversation podcast series, we gather together three Housing Association CEOs to reflect on their experience so far, what comes next, and how Government policy can help or hinder the recovery.

Our guests, representing a cross section of this diverse sector, were:

  • Jane Ashcroft, CEO of Anchor Hanover, England’s largest not for profit provider of housing and care for older people.
  • Helen Evans, CEO of Network Homes and also chair of the G15 Group of London’s largest housing associations.
  • Elspeth Mackenzie, CEO of Thrive Homes based in Hertfordshire.

BECGconversation is a podcast series covering a diverse range of topics across property, infrastructure, energy & utilities, transport, waste and recycling, environment, and healthcare and are available to download at any time.

If you would like to take part in the podcast or want help managing or launching your own podcast, then please get in touch on 020 3697 7630 or email Julius Duncan.

Our expert speakers

Jane Ashcroft, CBE – Chief Executive, Anchor Hanover Group

Jane joined Anchor in 1999 from BUPA, which had acquired Care First plc where she was Personnel Director. She was appointed Chief Executive of Anchor on 9 March 2010 and led the merger with Hanover Housing in 2018 to create Anchor Hanover, England’s largest not for profit provider of housing and care for older people. Prior to joining Care First she held HR and governance roles with Bromford Housing Group and Midlands Electricity plc. Jane was a founder of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing the growing market for retirement village provision in the UK and is currently Vice Chair. Jane is also Vice Chair of the National Housing Federation which represents housing associations in England. Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to older people.


Helen Evans, Chief Executive, Network Homes and Chair of G15 Group

Helen Evans has worked for the Network Housing Group since 2010 and became the Chief Executive in September 2011. Since then the Group (now known as Network Homes) has established itself as a top developing housing association and transformed its operating model and performance.  Helen is currently the Chair of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations becoming the first woman Chair of this group in June 2019. She also Chairs the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and is a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


Elspeth Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Thrive Homes

Elspeth joined Thrive Homes as Chief Executive in January 2009, having previously been the Chief Executive of Griffin Homes, part of the Origin Housing Group that focused on low cost home-ownership and rent for key workers. With a diverse career in housing management spanning more than 20 years, Elspeth has extensive experience of property management, strategic planning, organisational development and the governance of housing associations. Her voluntary roles have included the Vice-Chair of Crown Housing Association, and Chair of Grange Housing and she is currently a member of the Local Strategic Partnership Board. Elspeth also mentors others within the profession through Housing Diversity Network.


Julius Duncan, Board Director, BECG

Julius Duncan a Board Director at BECG and hosts this episode of the BECGconversation podcast.