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 and Abri. 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.”

Graeme Moran

Graeme Moran sits on the board of HHRP.

Graeme has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years, delivering over 50,000 homes over his career including high-profile, key worker and estate regeneration projects. As a communications director, he has promoted and co-created housing opportunities including Help to Buy and its agency network. He has led teams to successfully bid for and deploy over £500m of public sector subsidy to support low and moderately paid working households.

Alongside his position on the board, Graeme is heylo’s managing director for portfolio and public sector engagement. His teams ensure the smooth management of heylo’s portfolio, providing onboarding and management services to over 5,000 homes and 8,000 customers and overseeing everything from revenue collection through to health and safety compliance. Graeme is responsible for ensuring that heylo is delivering the right homes to suit the needs of over 200 local planning authority partners. 

Why heylo?

“I’m inspired by heylo’s clear focus on meeting the needs and aspirations of would-be homeowners who are looking for security and long-term stability with their home. I’m also passionate about heylo’s commitment to innovation – this is a company that is always looking for new and creative ways to invest in new housing.”

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 Yoker 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.