Meet heylo’s board members.
Giles Mackay is heylo’s main founder. He established the business in 2017 and now sits on the boards for HHGL.
Giles started his career in the structured finance sector, before moving onto a series of entrepreneurial endeavours in the property and housing sectors; he has established 13 businesses since his career began.
In 1999, Giles founded market intelligence and valuations provider Hometrack, one of the first Proptech businesses and a revolutionary in the UK property valuation industry. Hometrack was sold to Zoopla in 2017. Other ventures include AI firm Outra, established in 2017, which identifies consumer patterns to connect brands with digital marketplaces. In 2021, Giles is launching a new mortgage business specifically for affordable homes, a single-family home PRS business and iBuying business Upstix.
“Affordable housing is in my blood. I have dedicated my career to helping people from all walks of life to find a home they can afford. Shared ownership is a great product and has so much potential. heylo has matured as a trusted, well governed partner and has the vision, values and firepower to deliver.”
“Heylo is on a social mission to make home ownership affordable for more people. The heylo team has a long track record of great relationships with its stakeholders, partners and customers, and its home ownership solutions are UK-wide – not regional, or just London based – which makes it very special.”
“heylo is a national leader in shared ownership, and I passionately support its mission to make it a fourth tenure to help extend home ownership and good quality housing to lower income families nationwide. Most of our developments are outside the M25 and we play a key part to play in the national mission to level-up.”
“Shared ownership provides an important solution for so many people unable to access or afford their first home in the traditional way. Heylo itself is fast becoming a market leader in this sector thanks to its knowledgeable team of professionals.”
“I’m lucky to be in a position to be able to work with businesses and people who make a real contribution to their communities. Heylo’s innovative approach to widening out home ownership is a cause very close to my heart after working in the housing sector for such a long time. This is an exciting business, and an excellent team.”
Salma is a member of the HHRP Board. Salma Shah is a communications, public policy and government affairs expert, with over 10 years’ experience in Westminster and Whitehall.
Salma was Special Adviser responsible for strategy, policy and communication across the several government departments. She served in the UK government from May 2014, in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) leaving Government, after serving in the Home Office.
Prior to this Salma was a journalist at the BBC, producing the Today programme on Radio 4.
“Good housing is a central component to building a secure and prosperous life. Shared ownership is a transformative product for people aiming to get on the housing ladder so supporting a talented, professional team to deliver homes that people can build their lives in is a huge privilege."
Tabitha is a member of the HHRP Board. Tabitha has worked across the public, private and charitable sectors in a variety of legal, governance, and regulatory compliance roles bringing into play a breadth of experience in strategy, corporate structuring, and executive relations across housing and regulatory sectors. Tabitha is a qualified solicitor with over 15 years post qualification experience and is currently employed as an Executive Director in a G15 housing association with properties across London and the Southeast. She is also a trustee for NACRO, a social justice charity providing housing, education, and support to reintegrate people in custody and the community into society.
“Having a safe, secure, and affordable home is the foundation for building a better life. I see shared ownership as a solution for many, enabling security of tenure and flexibility for the individual but also a means to diversifying communities and the housing market. I am delighted to be able to support heylo, an organisation that shares this passion alongside a commitment to acting with integrity and putting their customers first.”
“I love the energy and passion, a small but dedicated team making a profound difference in the sector. Having worked in affordable housing for a number of years, heylo was an opportunity too good to miss.”