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
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 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.
Julia Unwin DBE
Dame Julia Unwin has had a long career in Civil Society, Housing and Local and Central Government. Julia was the CEO of JRF and JRHT between 2007-2016, and recently chaired the independent inquiry in the future of Civil Society. Julia is a Board Member of Yorkshire Water and is the Chair of the Governing Body of York St John’s University.
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.
Christopher Loughlin joined Mears in September 2019. Prior to this Chris served as Chief Executive Officer of Pennon Group plc. He was previously CEO of South West Water for a decade and before that held roles as Chief Operating Officer at Lloyds Register, as an Executive Director of British Nuclear Fuels Plc and Executive Chairman of Magnox Electric Plc. Chris is currently chairman of British Water, a director of Water UK, and a director and trustee of the housing charity Reall.
Angela Lockwood joined Mears in 2022. Angela has extensive experience gained from a career in housing spanning nearly 30 years and is also Chief Executive Officer of North Star Housing, a thriving Housing Association based in the North-East. Angela holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Angela is also a Board member of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, a member of the National Housing Federation Board and a Vice President of the Institute of Customer Service.