heylo Board

Meet heylo’s board members. 

Giles Mackay

Giles Mackay is heylo’s main founder. He established the business in 2017 and now sits on the boards for HHGL and Resi.

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.

The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford

The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford is Chair of the HHRP board; he has dedicated his working life to the housing sector.

As an MP, he has served as Minister of State responsible for the Housing, Planning and for Local and Regional Government sectors, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for London and Construction). He has been directly involved in the success of major regeneration schemes in London including Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich and the Greenwich Peninsula. He also published the “Quality and Choice” Green Paper on Housing Policy.

He sits as Chairman on the board of the NHBC Foundation and as President on the board for the Town and Country Planning Association, among many others, and has served as Chair for the National Home Improvement Council and Labour Housing Group

Why heylo?

“Heylo is an exemplar in the efficient, successful and creative delivery of home ownership solutions.

Heylo’s innovative shared ownership schemes are providing access to the property ladder for so many people who would otherwise be priced out.”

Priya Nair

Priya is a member of the HHRP board. She has over two decades’ experience in global financial services, having worked across the global markets, investment banking and securities services sectors for financial institutions including Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Royal Bank of Canada.

Alongside her role as non-executive director at heylo, Priya is a senior adviser to Good Governance Capital and strategic adviser to EnergyNest. She is also a board trustee for community sports charity Sported.

Priya has spoken at major conferences across the world and she champions diversity and inclusion, team development and mentoring programmes.

Why heylo?

“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.”

Jos Short

Jos Short sits on the HHGL board. His appointment to the board follows a long career in investment banking, across a number of British investment banks and as Chief Executive of Pan European Opportunistic Real Estate Investment with US Prudential. In 2008, Jos set up Internos Global Investors which was sold in 2018 to Principal Global Investors.

Jos has been a non-executive director of heylo since 2014. He is deputy chairman of Annington Homes and has previously served on the boards of Big Yellow Self Storage and Great Portland Estates.

Why heylo?

“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.”

Mervyn Jones

Mervyn Jones sits on the HHRP board. He has worked in the affordable housing sector for 45 years, including a role with the organisation that is now Homes England, and Chief Executive positions for a number of large housing associations including the organisations that are now Peabody. He has been providing consultancy services to a range of affordable housing organisations for over a decade. 

Mervyn also serves as Chair on the board of Islington and Shoreditch housing association. 

Why heylo?

“I have a long-term appreciation of shared ownership - this is a product that is still underrated. Heylo has been a pioneer in recognising this and in seeking financial support from pension funds, illustrating the value of affordable housing as an excellent investment proposition.”

Grenville Turner

Grenville Turner is the Chairman of heylo’s Resi Board and of HHGL

Grenville’s 30-year career in retail banking began at Halifax in 1975 and culminated in a position on the retail board and a role as CEO of Intelligent Finance. In 2006, Grenville joined Countrywide as CEO and privatised the business in 2007. 

After refloating Countrywide in 2013, Grenville took a non-executive role as Chairman of the board for 18 months. He now sits on the board of a number of organisations as Chair, including online estate agents Yopa and Watkin Jones, a developer and manager of student accommodation and other build-to-rent schemes. He was a founding director of Rightmove, and an early director of Zoopla.

Grenville also served in Government departments for communities and local government, of which Homes England were a part, bringing another dimension to his experience of the housing sector. 

Why heylo?

“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.”

Nick Jopling

He is the principal of Square House Consultancy LLP, a specialist advisory company focused on the housing sector across a range of countries. Nick has sat on the board for FTSE 250-listed property company Grainger PLC and he headed CBRE’s UK residential platform in the UK between 2003 and 2010. He was Founder and Co-chair of the European Residential Council of the Urban Land Institute, having previously established the UK Residential Council where he oversaw the publication of the Best Practise Design Guide for Build to Rent (Multi-Family Housing). 

In 2014, Nick was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in recognition of his contribution to the housing sector. 

Tim Willcocks

Tim is heylo’s Director of Public Sector Engagement. He is responsible for managing key relationships with Government, Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing, as well as local authorities across the country.

Tim has over 25 years’ experience in the property world, including sales and marketing, development, consultancy and housing policy. He joined the affordable housing sector in 2007, and has worked for the Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England) and for Housing Associations at Executive Director and Board level.

Why heylo?

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.

David Montague 

David sits on the HHGL Board and Chairs the Group Audit & Risk Committee.  David spent 33 years at leading housing association L&Q rising through the ranks to CFO and then CEO for 13 years.  During his time L&Q grew to over 100,000 homes across all tenures with another 100,000 homes in the development pipeline.  David chaired G15 (the group of largest 15 housing associations in London), sat on the Board of the National Housing Federation and in 2013 was awarded a CBE for services to housing.

David now acts in an advisory and Non Executive  capacity for a number of residential developers and sits on the Board of The Housing Finance Corporation.

Why heylo?

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.

Andrew Adonis

The Rt Hon Lord Adonis of Camden Town is a non-executive member of HHRP board. He was spent a career in public service including service as Secretary of State for Transport, Minister for Schools, Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commis-sion and non-executive board member of HS2 Ltd and Teach First. He has been directly involved in major housing development and regeneration schemes associated with HS2 and London’s Crossrail (Elizabeth) line, and he led a Centre for London planning group for Crossrail 2, which reported to the Mayor of London in 2016 focusing on its potential for housing-led regeneration. 

Why heylo?

“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.