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Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA)
102 Blackstock Road
London N4 2DR

0300 131 7300

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About ISHA

Our Board members


Mervyn Jones (Chair of Association)

Mervyn has over 45 years’ experience of regulating and managing affordable housing to CEO level. He is a board member of heylo RP, which has delivered over 4,000 shared ownership homes, and was a Board member of Hackney Homes. From 2006 to 2020 he was a Director of Savills Housing Division delivering consultancy services to providers of affordable housing; he continues to act as an independent consultant. He provided advice on housing policy and routes for new entrants to the sector, wrote the Regulator’s first guidance on diversification and is the editor of the NHF’s Guides to Repairs and Maintenance and Asset Management, the CiH’s policy work on flexibility in asset management “Appreciating Assets” and the report “Viability and Vitality” for the TSA. 

Mervyn lived and worked in inner North London for 20 years before moving to Barnet. His children currently live in Islington.


Alice Powell (Vice-Chair & Senior Independent Director, Remuneration Committee Chair)

Alice was elected Vice-Chair in January 2020 and has been the Board's Senior Independent Director since September 2018. Prior to that, Alice was a member of the Development Committee. She has been an ISHA resident for 15 years, and is an advocate for good quality, uplifting social rented and shared-ownership homes that last and continue to be positive places to live.  She has been involved both as a resident and a Board member in a wide range of ISHA activities and enjoys gaining and using knowledge of what works well for communities, staff and in homes.

Alice’s career is as a freelance Conservator Restorer of works of art on paper, working for a number of museums and galleries in London.


Heather Topel (Audit & Risk Committee Chair)

Heather has extensive experience in town planning, property and development. Heather is currently a Director of Development for the Grosvenor Estate, a family business with a long track record of developing, managing and investing to improve properties and places to deliver lasting commercial and social benefit. Prior to joining Grosvenor, Heather led Cambridge University’s largest capital project in its 800-year history, the North West Cambridge Development, a 3,000 home extension to the city of Cambridge. Heather was previously a director of town planning at AECOM, where she led planning and regeneration initiatives across the UK and abroad.

As a local resident Heather is delighted to be involved with ISHA due to its commitment providing quality affordable housing for local people.


Ben Newton

Ben joined ISHA as a Board Member in December 2021.  He has over 20 years experience in senior financial, operational and strategy roles across multiple industries.  He currently works for Greensphere Capital, a private firm set up to invest in projects that address the major environmental risks facing our generation – resource scarcity, energy input volatility and climate stress. Greensphere aims to generate strong long-term financial returns, as well as delivering a positive environmental and social impact.

Prior to joining Greensphere Ben worked in housing both as a member of the senior leadership team and as a Non-Executive Director.  He has lived in Islington for over 25 years and is proud to be working for his local community through ISHA.


Daven Masri

Daven is an ISHA shared owner. Being able to own a portion of his own home so improved his life that he was inspired to apply for a Board Member role to ensure that others could continue to benefit from the same opportunity. He hopes that his resident’s perspective will serve the Board well and lead to more affordable homes that enrich the communities ISHA operates within.

An environmental engineer for more than 10 years, Daven is a Founding Director at Wave Consulting Digital Engineers which focuses on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and environmental design. He strongly believes in creating homes that perform well, using fewer resources in construction and occupancy.


June Riley

June began her training in accountancy by entering the NHS as a graduate trainee shortly after leaving University. She is a qualified accountant and  completed an accredited MBA with Manchester Business School to add value to her career as an accountant. June has worked in housing for almost 20 years and was a Finance Director in a housing association managing over 17,000 homes. She is now a Group Finance Director in one of the largest mental health charities in the country.

June has served in a voluntary capacity on several Boards, including Newham Homes Ltd, which was managing over 27,000 homes. She is currently serving as a Senior Independent Director on The Barnet Group Board and is pleased to be a Non-Executive Director on ISHA's Board.


Justin Fisher

Justin has worked in the social housing sector for 27 years, specialising in IT and asset management within the housing sector, but also in other areas such as highways, infrastructure and environmental services. He has consulted and worked with over 100 housing providers in the last 15 years, including a diverse group of social landlords. He was previously a board member for seven years for an award-winning rural specialist provider in Lincolnshire.
He is currently the Product Owner for a software system that manages over 1m social homes for around 200 housing providers. Prior to that he worked as a housing, assets and IT consultant, and in 2018 spent eight months working with The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on their new IT implementation and their asset management strategy.


Mohammed Baporia

Mohammed is an ISHA shared owner. Like Daven, his personal experience inspired him to apply for a Board Member role. Mohammed is keen to give back to the community and help ISHA to deliver quality and truly affordable housing to those that need it most. As a resident, he aims to ensure the high standards set by ISHA’s Board are being met.

Mohammed is a qualified accountant and tax manager on the real estate and construction team at a global accountancy and business advisory firm.


Yasmin Khan 

Yasmin has been a member of ISHA’s Development Committee since 2017, joined ISHA’s Board in 2018 and was Chair of the committee from December 2020-September 2021. Yasmin is a solicitor specialising in property law and has considerable experience in property law both in the public and private sectors. Yasmin has strong customer facing skills and experience in both property and employment law, and aims to bring these skills to benefit the Association in helping to improve its customer service, as well as her genuine interest in helping to deliver safe and affordable housing for those in need.

Ruth Davison (Chief Executive)

A passionate believer that mixed communities work best for everyone and help make great places, Ruth is proud to lead ISHA as CEO. Building genuinely affordable rented and shared ownership homes and being a fantastic landlord - helping both communities and individuals flourish – is what motivates her.

Ruth joined the organisation at the beginning of 2019, having previously worked as Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Housing Federation for more than a decade and before that in strategic roles in the NHS and local government. She also worked at the Audit Commission and in higher education. Despite ISHA’s good reputation, Ruth is keen to drive ever-higher standards of service delivery and accountability, especially to residents. Ruth was appointed to the Board in March 2021.

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