Published - 28 January 2019

New chair for Notting Hill Genesis

Notting Hill Genesis is pleased to announce that James Wardlaw has been appointed as our new chair on an interim basis to replace Dipesh Shah, who stands down at the end of January.

James has been a member of the Notting Hill Genesis board since it was formed in April 2018 and was on the former Notting Hill Housing board from September 2014. He is currently our senior independent director, and has been engaged in several aspects of our activities through several committees of the board – audit and risk, treasury, remuneration and the project board for our development at Canada Water. 

James Wardlaw, new interim chair of Notting Hill Genesis

Away from Notting Hill Genesis, James works in infrastructure finance and as an adviser to the UK Regulators Network, formed by the principal economic regulators. He has also worked in government for HM Treasury.

James said: “I’m delighted to have been offered the opportunity to chair Notting Hill Genesis at this crucial point in its development. Almost a year into our merger, we have achieved much, but there is plenty more to do and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Chief executive Kate Davies added: “I have had the pleasure of working with James for more than four years now, and know that he will be a very good chair. His contributions to board discussions are always thoughtful and pragmatic and, along with the rest of the board, he is wholly committed to our core purpose of working in communities, providing homes for lower-income households in London and its surrounding areas.”

James’s appointment was agreed at a special meeting of the board on Thursday 24 January. At the same time, the board agreed to run an open recruitment process for a permanent replacement, which could result in the appointment of someone not currently on our board.

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