Board of Directors

Keiran Murphy

Chairman

Kieran joined Mears Group in 2019. He has spent much of his career in finance, including HM Treasury and numerous roles in the City. He is chair at the Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's national mapping business, and is on the boards of the University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust and of the University of London.

David J Miles

Chief Executive Officer

David joined Mears in May 1996 and, prior to his appointment to the Board in January 2007, was Managing Director of the Mears Social Housing division. Before joining Mears, David held a senior position with the MITIE Group. His background is in electrical engineering.

Andrew C M Smith

Finance Director

Andrew Smith joined Mears in December 1999. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and worked in professional practice prior to joining Mears. He was Finance Director covering all Mears Group’s subsidiaries before being appointed to the Board.

Alan Long

Executive Director

Alan Long joined Mears in 2005 after holding senior roles at Britannia Building Society, Mars and Smith & Nephew. Before being appointed to the Board in August 2009, he was Managing Director of Careforce, the Group’s Care business, having previously held the position of Group Sales & Marketing Director.

Geraint Davies CBE

Non-executive Director

Geraint Davies, who joined Mears in 2015, is Chairman of the Group’s Audit Committee. A chartered accountant who has been in professional practice for more than 25 years, his experience includes working with Registered Social Landlords and across a broad spectrum of the healthcare sector.

Julia Unwin CBE

Non-executive Director

Julia Unwin is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. Her experience in social housing is considerable, having been a member of the Housing Corporation Board for ten years. Julia joined Mears in 2016.

Jason Burt

Non-executive Director

Jason was previously a senior partner at Plexus Law, specialising in complex employer and public liability claims, and health and safety related regulatory matters. His appointment will further integrate health and safety into the Group’s governance structures, driving good working and health and safety practices. Jason will chair a newly formed Health, Safety and Environment Committee and be a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Roy Irwin

Non-executive Director

Roy has significant experience in the social housing sector, culminating in being Chief Inspector of Housing for the Audit Commission, as part of a career of over 30 years in housing which included being a Local Authority Housing Director and a Housing Association CEO. Since 2013, Roy has held the position of Non-Executive Chairman of Mears’ Registered Providers of social housing with the Homes and Community Agency. Roy will also join the Remuneration Committee.

Elizabeth Corrado

Non-executive Director

Liz was previously Executive Director of the Power to Change charitable trust with a focus on creating innovative projects in housing and energy, enabling investment into UK communities at scale and generating both financial and social returns for investors and local communities. Liz previously held senior positions in investment banking providing advice and structured finance to both Government and a range of business sectors.

Jim Clarke

Non-executive Director

Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984. He has spent much of his career in senior finance roles in consumer facing industries, having been Finance Director at David Lloyd Leisure and subsequently JD Wetherspoon. He joined Countrywide as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2007, retiring early in 2017. Jim is currently a non-executive director on the board of Hansteen Holdings plc and is chair of the audit committee.

Amanda Hillerby

Employee Director

Amanda has worked for the Group since 2011, commencing her career on the Group's graduate management programme during which she worked across all areas of the business including Care, Housing and Central Support. Amanda is currently delivering a national role of Quality Manager within the Care division.