Our People

Deborah Heenan


Deborah is the Chief Executive Officer of Populo Living, building new homes in Newham, East London, on behalf of Newham Council. Newham is one of London's most exciting, diverse and fastest growing boroughs; Deborah and the Populo Living team are committed to providing more homes that are affordable and high quality places that will stand the test of time.

Her career ranges from Strategy Director for a major residential developer, to advising the former PM on Housing Policy, to delivering large scale residential schemes directly. Deb is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.

Stephen Benson

Finance Director

Stephen is part of the executive team and board, overseeing all financial matters for Populo Living. Stephen has been with Populo Living since 2015, so he has been heavily involved in the growth and adaptation of the business over the past 5 years.

Stephen trained as an accountant in social housing and went on to work for one of the most well-respected housing consultancies in the UK. It was here that he developed an interest in construction and development finance and he has honed these skills at Populo Living, first as the financial controller and now as the finance director. 

Stephen is emotionally invested in the business and wants to see it succeed in its ambition to deliver as many genuinely affordable homes as possible for the residents of Newham.

Michael Holland

Deputy CEO

Michael is Deputy CEO and part of the Executive Team. He is responsible for all development and construction activities across Populo Living. Michael has previously worked for both private and public sector organisations and has extensive experience of development over his career to date.

Rob Atkin-House

Commercial Director

Rob is part of the Executive Team and provides Populo Living with in-house legal advice (and manages all external lawyers). He is the company secretary for all group companies and leads the Customer Services team. In addition, Rob leads on Populo Living’s communications strategy.

Prior to joining the company, Rob practised solely in planning law for a well-known large London firm. He has a long standing interest in development and construction.


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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.