Our leadership and governance

Our people are crucial to our success, so it is important that the organisation is led effectively in order to deliver our objectives, targets and our vision to our customers. The Board and the Committees work with the Executive team to deliver strategy and business plans.

  • Steve White Independent Chair Steve White, Board member
    Steve White
    Independent Chair

    Steve joined Moat’s Board in July 2016 and became Chair in May 2018. Steve has spent most of his career leading organisations through large transformational change, including four and a half years as Chief Executive of the Hyde Group, during which time he developed a passion for all things housing. Steve has also been the Chairman of Origin Housing and has worked as an independent interim executive including senior roles at The Law Society, University of Southampton, Solicitors Regulation Authority, RBS and T Mobile. Steve is also a Board Member of Habinteg and a Trustee at BLESMA, the Limbless Veterans military charity.

  • Jo Moran Senior Independent Director Jo Moran, board member
    Jo Moran
    Senior Independent Director

    Jo joined Moat’s Board in June 2014. She is currently Head of Transformation for the Retail and Property Group at Marks & Spencer, where her focus is on leading the change plan to take the business forward. Prior to that she was Head of Customer Service at M&S where she championed, planned, and delivered the customer experience across all channels for the UK operation. Until July 2015, Jo was also Chair of Governors for her local primary school, taking an active role in putting her business skills to use in the community. It is because of this work that Jo has come to understand the key importance of stable and decent housing provision particularly in the context of successful education.

  • Mark Foster Independent Director Mark Foster, Board member
    Mark Foster
    Independent Director

    Mark joined Moat’s Board in May 2016. He has spent most of his career in the entertainment industry in various marketing and international development roles. He has been at the forefront of digital transformation, particularly in the music and cinema sectors, affecting all aspects of business including customer engagement, marketing, and reporting. Mark brings fresh perspective to Moat, as we transform to better meet the needs of customers and stakeholders. Mark also serves as Senior Independent Director for AIM-listed 7Digital Group, is Chairman of MIDiA Research, Acting Chair of KitMapper, and is a private property investor and landlord.

  • Gerry McCormack Independent Director Gerry McCormack, Board member
    Gerry McCormack
    Independent Director

    Appointed to the Board in February 2015, Gerry brings 12 years of sector experience from his time as an Independent Director and Chair of Audit and Risk at Thames Valley Housing. His career included time as Group Finance Director of publicly listed companies with substantial housebuilding and construction businesses. Gerry enjoys sharing his executive commercial and financial experience for the benefit of the social housing sector. He provides strategic and financial advice to several privately-owned businesses, serves on the board of a not-for-profit regulatory body as Audit Committee Chair and is Deputy Chair of an Independent Girls school.

  • Tim Boag Independent Director Tim Boag, Board member
    Tim Boag
    Independent Director

    Tim joined Moat Board in December 2017. He is Group MD – Business Finance at Aldermore Bank. Tim has had an extensive career with RBS/NatWest undertaking a variety of roles throughout Corporate & Commercial Banking, Finance and Risk, delivering across a wide range of industry sectors. He was a Director of the Business Growth Fund and member of RemCo for seven years until 2018. He was previously a member of the CBI London Council and on the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board.

  • Caroline Ross Independent Director
    Caroline Ross
    Independent Director

    Caroline is responsible for all areas of the People strategy across the Flutter Group, a FTSE 40 company, as well as organisational culture and creating HR synergies across the Flutter brands.

    Caroline’s areas of expertise are building inclusive cultures, people development, leadership and change management. Previously, Caroline led the People function at Moneysupermarket Group PLC, a FTSE 250 digital company, where she was responsible for HR, internal comms and workplace design as Chief People Officer.

    Then before joining Flutter in February 2020, Caroline spent two years at Channel 4 where she was Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for leading the people and HR functions across the organisation.

  • Jeremy Ellis Independent Director
    Jeremy Ellis
    Independent Director

    Jeremy enjoyed a 27-year career at TUI Travel in numerous customer-centric roles from product management, innovation, business transformation and most recently spent 6 years on the UK board as marketing and customer experience director. He has launched several of TUI’s most successful holiday products including their flagship range of Sensatori Hotels and championed the integration of TUI’s end-to-end customer journey across retail, digital, airline, cruise, hotels, destinations and customer service. Jeremy also led TUI’s sustainability strategy and was a trustee of the TUI Care Foundation. He is an Ambassador of the Family Holiday Association.

  • David Brocklebank Independent Director
    David Brocklebank
    Independent Director

    David Brocklebank is the Executive Managing Director of Wates Developments Group, having held a number of roles within the business since joining Wates in 2001.  He oversees Wates’ business activity in residential land and development, engaging with both the public and private sector markets.

    The Developments Group within Wates comprises of 3 business streams: Wates Developments Ltd, a specialist land investment, planning and joint ventures development business in the housebuilding sector;  Wates Partnerships, a recently formed land and build delivery business, providing turnkey schemes to Housing Associations, care home operators and investors in the housing, senior living and PRS space; and Wates Development Agency Services providing outsourced development planning and delivery capability together with sales and marketing expertise to Local Authorities in the UK.

    David has 27 years’ experience in the development sector, having previously held Directorships within the Berkeley Group and David Wilson Homes in the 1990s.  As a prominent figure in the industry, he maintains a keen interest in the direction of planning policy, housing delivery and supply. He sits on the Boards of a number of development project companies as partner to PLC housebuilders such as Vistry and Miller Homes. He is a founding Board member of the Land Promoters and Developers Federation and on the Advisory Committee of the MSc in Sustainable Development, Oxford University (2017-21).  

     In his role within Wates, David sits on the Group Executive Committee and Chairs the Residential and Development Investment Committees as part of the Group’s capital governance processes.   Since January 2021 David has taken up the opportunity to become a Non-Executive Director of South East Housing Association, Moat Homes in addition to his role at Wates.

  • Elizabeth Austerberry Chief Executive Elizabeth Austerberry, Chief Executive
    Elizabeth Austerberry
    Chief Executive

    Elizabeth was appointed at the beginning of 2013 and during this time has guided Moat through a challenging economic and policy environment, maintaining its strong financial position whilst driving an ambitious development programme. 

    Elizabeth is passionate about ensuring that as many people as possible have access to an affordable home, either to rent or to buy and is on the board of the National Housing Federation. 

    Elizabeth’s career has been spent at the nexus of property and finance, having been a director of a number of major banks, in addition to DTZ, Savills and Ernst & Young.

  • Greg Taylor Executive Director Finance & Corporate Services Greg Taylor
    Greg Taylor
    Executive Director Finance & Corporate Services

    Greg was appointed in December 2009 and works with Moat’s Executive Management Team to set and achieve challenging internal and external financial targets. Greg also oversees the Information Technology team and Digital Transformation initiatives across the business.

    Greg feels strongly that as an organisation funded partly through Government, Moat must be transparent, honest and resourceful in how income is spent. Since joining Moat he has provided vital advice and guidance to support the Finance Directorate and maintain Moat’s strength despite the difficult external financial environment.

    Previously, Greg was employed at Cert Octavian plc, a national logistics and distribution business, where he held the position of Finance and Commercial Director. Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte Touche, Greg is also a qualified Corporate Treasurer.

  • Steve Nunn Executive Director Development & New Business Steve Nunn, Executive Director: New Business & Development
    Steve Nunn
    Executive Director Development & New Business

    Steve was appointed in April 2009. Having worked in the housing sector since 1989, he brings a wide range of experience in housing management, operations, property services, asset management, shared ownership, estate and social regeneration and development. Prior to joining Moat Steve spent 18 years at the London and Quadrant Group where his last role as Managing Director of the home ownership specialist, Tower Homes, saw him lead on Tower Homes’ three-star audit inspection. Steve is currently a board member of B3 Living and Chair of their Development Committee.