Gina has worked in housing for over 30 years, starting her career as a housing officer. Gina joined Inquilab in 2001 as Chief Executive.
Before joining Inquilab, Gina was Director of Housing overseeing the transformation of service delivery and strategic responsibility for front line services including Housing Management, Customer Services, Income Management, Leasehold Management, Community Development, asset management, repairs and maintenance.
She is Chair of BME London – the group of 14 small and medium housing associations who work in collaboration to deliver support and services to their customers and communities.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Gina also holds an MBA and is a Member of the Homes for Londoners Board.
Gina was named in the top 50 Power Players in 2018 and is the founder of the Leadership 2025 project, an initiative with a long-term ambition of supporting the creation of a housing sector that is vibrant and diverse at all levels, with better representation of individuals who are from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds at leadership levels.
Eric first worked for Inquilab in 2001 and left to work abroad for two years. He re-joined Inquilab as the Director of Finance and Resources in October 2009.
Eric has over 20 years’ financial experience, in addition to comprehensive knowledge of the housing sector. His role encompasses the management of financial services, as well as the provision of financial leadership across the Association. He is also responsible for ICT, policy and performance functions.
Mark Rothwell joined Inquilab in June 2018 as Head of Governance and has over twenty five years’ experience housing sector working in investment, regulation and for a number of small medium and large housing providers. Mark joined the housing sector because of the attraction of partnership working that achieved positive social outcomes. He has a degree in Government and Public Policy, a CIM Diploma in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. In addition to housing Mark has worked in higher education, retail and distribution. Outside work Mark enjoys sports and outdoor activities particularly playing tennis and skiing.
Steve joined Inquilab initially as a consultant in October 2018 with a brief of reviewing and supporting the repairs and maintenance function as part of the organisation’s transformation project. He was appointed Director of Operations in March 2019 and brings over 30 years’ experience from within the Social Housing sector, working previously for Bristol City Council and Sovereign Housing Association. He has specialised in Repairs, Voids, Planned & Cyclical Maintenance, compliance and scheduling & Planning as well as working on a number of transformation projects throughout his career. Outside of work Steve enjoys sport, particularly football and is also a keen musician.
Paul Jones joined Inquilab in February this year as Head of Development and Assets. With 15 years of experience in housing, Paul joined the housing sector because he was brought up on a large council estate where he had friends experiencing a high level of hardship and, in a practical sense, is able to make a difference to people like them. Paul has a degree in Building Surveying as well as BTECs in construction related fields. Having spent all his working life in jobs that are either in or associated with the construction industry, Paul usually has an opinion and can come up with ideas to resolve building related issues. In his spare time Paul enjoys socialising and working on a vintage pinball machine
Natalie De Souza joined Inquilab in January 2019 as Head of People and Organisation Development. With over 8 years’ experience in housing Natalie joined the housing sector because she wanted to be part of a movement that worked tirelessly to provide great places for people to live and an environment that created sustainable communities where people could thrive. Adding this in to the mix of HR, Natalie recognises that this can only happen with great people and that’s what she loves most about HR.
Natalie is a CIPD qualified HR practitioner with more than 15 years’ experience in the field. Natalie has experience in transformation and change, equality, diversity and inclusion diversity and organisational development in a range of sectors including charities and local government. Outside of work, Natalie is a great cake maker and enjoys socialising and travelling.
Rosalind Ugwu joined Inquilab in January 2019 as Head of Transformation. With over 25 years’ experience in housing. Rosalind joined the housing sector by accident, while completing a degree in Town and Country Planning and working in children’s home at the start of her career – both bringing her into contact with Housing providers. She realised the importance of good quality and well managed housing to the future wellbeing of communities and decided to apply for her first Housing Officer job at Kensington housing Trust in the late 1980s, based on the Portobella Road, where she had her first experience of Tapas. Thinking back makes Rosalind realise how much has changed, from one computer to check rent accounts, shared between 15 officers and raising repair orders on hand written duplicate paper which the contractors came into the office to collect. Rosalind fell in love with the profession and the diverse range of people she would work with and support on a daily basis. Every day was fast paced and different but always with the objective of improving lives. Rosalind has BA(Hons) in Planning Studies, Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Diploma in Management Studies and Coaching and Mentoring. In addition to housing management Rosalind has worked in Business Improvement and Change management teams with a corporate span of control. Rosalind has also worked voluntarily in social care and education. Outside of work Rosalind enjoys the outdoor peacefulness of her allotment or competitive action on the golf course.