Chief Executive Officer, Gentoo Group
Nigel is the Chief Executive Officer of Gentoo Group, joining the Sunderland-based housing association on 2 January 2019 from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group in Manchester, where he previously held the role of Chief Executive Officer for six years. Prior to his role at Wythenshawe, Nigel was Chief Executive of Parkway Green Housing Trust.
Nigel has worked in the housing industry for more than 30 years, starting his career in a customer facing role as a housing officer, before working his way up to a leadership position after a variety of role in tenant participation, resident engagement, new business and housing regeneration.
Prior to starting his career in housing, Nigel was a housing tenant and activist.
Nigel has vast board room experience having held a number of roles across various boards and committees, including most recently as Chair of JV North – a consortium of 12 housing associations in the North West of England.
Having spent his entire career working in the social housing sector, it’s no surprise that Nigel has a deep social purpose. He is passionate about social investment, community involvement, building new affordable housing and developing his people – but ultimately he’s passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives.
Nigel sees partnership working as a key component to achieving success and delivering positive change. He is very keen to explore how he can lead Gentoo to work closely with other businesses and key stakeholders to keep the city of Sunderland and the wider North East region, moving forward with the existing ambitious plans for growth and change that are in place.