Mike has specialised in housing development and business growth in the social housing sector over more than 20 years. Before moving into the not-for-profit sector he spent 13 years in residential property in the private sector during which time he ran agency offices for Prudential and Woolwich Property Services.
Prior to setting up Mojo Mike served for three and a half years as an Executive Director for Circle Housing Group which with around 67,000 homes across London and the south east of England was one of the largest affordable housing providers in the UK. Mike’s executive roles were initially as Executive Director of Property and then as Executive Director of New Business. Both roles had responsibility for the development and regeneration programmes for the Group, with the latter role focusing especially on innovation and growth through mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining the Group Executive team Mike’s experience with Circle included successful delivery of a number of stock transfers. He took the lead for the bidding, consultation and post ballot completion programmes and acquisitions which saw Birmingham based Mercian Housing Association join the Group. Earlier roles saw him spending time as a development and leasehold manager delivering programmes of new build, refurbishment and specialist property adaptation for a wide range of tenants and leaseholders.
Until leaving Circle when its merger with Affinity Sutton was completed in November 2016 Mike served as vice-Chair of European Federation for Living which is an international network of social housing providers, supply chain companies and academic institutions. He read law at University College London and completed a Certificate in Leadership (Housing) at Lancaster University. Mike holds an Institute of Learning & Management level 5 qualification in Business Coaching and Mentoring and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Prior to a career break to bring up two sons Wendy worked in both private and local authority care service teams. Her first role after leaving college was to run a satellite residential unit for people with profound learning difficulties some of whom also manifested challenging behaviour.
Subsequently she worked for Norfolk County Council Social Services team as a facilitator for a young man with very severe cerebral palsy and more recently worked as a senior care provider at a privately owned residential facility for adults with learning disabilities. During that time Wendy specialised in day services provision and set up an on-site day care centre where residents were able to enjoy a range of structured craft and creative activities. Wendy has direct experience of working with a range of professionals such as occupational therapists, social workers, physiotherapists and clinical specialists and is therefore ideally placed to contribute valuable insights to work involving services for vulnerable people.
As well as undertaking research into care and support Wendy looks after administrative functions for the consultancy.
Over the years we’ve met and worked with some great people who’ve achieved some truly remarkable things. One of our aims at Mojo is to provide links to individuals and companies whose work and whose personal values impress us. You’ll find some of them referred to elsewhere on this website. Where the work calls for specialist expertise experienced sector professional who we know, rate and like may be invited to provide additional or project support.