Our Board

Nigel Taylor


Nigel is a chartered surveyor and engineer with over 30 years’ experience of capital project development and delivery in the private and public sectors. He is currently a Director at Carlton Limited and also a non-executive Director of Richmond Housing Partnership as well as a Director of their recently created DevCo working to deliver new homes in Richmond; Kingston and Hounslow. Nigel takes over as Chair at a pivotal time and will steer the business into its next phase of delivery in partnership with the London Borough of Newham who secured the largest grant award from the GLA f £107m to deliver a programme of 1,000 homes by 2022.


John Swinney

Non Executive Board Member

John’s career has been split between local government and the private sector. He has considerable experience of the public private partnership space. Indeed much of his time has been focused on driving change and innovation in social housing. He led Pinnacle through its early years, positioning it as the leading private manager of public housing. Since leaving Pinnacle he has worked at Eaga and Carillion winning substantial energy related contracts with local authorities and housing associations.

John’s passion is for communities and how they can secure better services. Recently he has been working on the creation of a green bond and is now Chief Executive of Just Housing Group a niche consultancy working in social housing.

Sarah Gaventa MA (RCA)

Non Executive Board Member

Sarah, Founder of Made Public and currently Director of the Illuminated River Foundation.

She has worked as a public space, place making and cultural regeneration consultant for clients such as Berkeley Group, Lendlease and both Islington and Southwark Councils and recently curated Out There: Our Post War Public Art exhibition at Somerset House for Historic England.

Sarah is currently Lendlease’s public space champion for their Elephant & Castle regeneration project and has chaired the Community Forum for the Elephant and Castle for the last three years, along with chairing the recently formed Park Advisory Group helping to create the new Elephant Park. She has written extensively on public space including authoring the book ‘New Public Spaces’.

Sarah was the Director of CABE Space - the UK government’s advisor on public space - from October 2006 until April 2011 when CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) ceased. Sarah’s role included advocacy, thought leadership and advice on the creation, design and management of public spaces including streets and civic spaces.

Sarah has been an Associate and member of the senior management team at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners architects and in 2014 she was the Interim Director of the Architecture Foundation.

Sarah was made an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2010 for her outstanding contribution to landscape.

Suzanne Forster

Non Executive Director

A finance and business improvement professional, with over twenty five years experience advising and operating at a senior executive level within the affordable housing sector.

Steve Quartermain

Non Executive Director

Steve is a chartered Town Planner. Steve worked for nearly 30 years on Local government, first as a professional planner, then as an executive Director responsible for all front line service delivery including economic development and community planning. The council was adjudged to be an “excellent" council. Steve has stepped down as Chief Planner to the government in 2020. In he twelve years in this post Steve was involved in a programme of reform which included the National Planning Policy Framework, the review of the guidance suite and the launch of the National Design Guide.

Jamie Blake

Non Executive Director

Jamie has a long history in delivering front line environmental services across London. He is currently Corporate Director for Environment and Sustainable Transport at London Borough of Newham, joining the organisation in November 2019. Jamie leads the authorities response for sustainable transport, supporting walking and cycling and helping to deal with the Borough poor air quality in terms of wider transport initiatives. He is also responsible for the Boroughs future development of parks and open spaces and is passionate about improving green infrastructure to improve health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

Tony Travers

Non Executive Director

Tony has over 35 years of industry experience with John Laing Construction and as Managing Director at Countryside Properties PLC. He led Countryside’s drive into London, delivering projects such as the Hackney 5 estates, the Peckham Partnership and Greenwich Millennium Village.

He has overseen all aspects of the development process and delivered in excess of 30,000 homes on both brown and greenfield sites, many of which have been recognised as award winning by the RIBA, RTPI and CABE.  He is passionate about adding both economic and social value through the design process.

Tim Seddon

Non Executive Director

Tim is a member of the Executive Team at Retirement Villages Group (owned by Axa) to lead their ambitious nationwide development growth plans in the senior living field. Prior to that he acquired 25 years’ development experience working at Operational Board level with two of the country’s prominent public property companies garnering knowledge across many sectors but with a specific focus on urban regeneration. At St Modwen Properties Plc he was the Executive Director responsible for the London and SE Region, a position he held for 12 years, fronting its development and asset management activities. He joined there from Land Securities Plc where as Head of Urban Community Development he was responsible for running the strategic land team. This followed significant periods as a Development Director in both the Central London and Retail teams where he spearheaded a number of major projects.

Tim brings a wealth of experience in leading large complex development programmes with a particular interest in community and place-making principles and we look forward to harnessing this experience at Populo Homes.


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Populo Homes is a charitable registered society for the benefit of the community (Registration Number 8219), a provider of social housing registered with and regulated by the Social Housing Regulator ( RP No. 5114) and a subsidiary of Populo Living. Registered Office: 373 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ.