Our voluntary Board provides strategic direction for PCHA and monitors our performance to ensure that we are achieving our objectives within our agreed values. Our Board Members bring a wealth of skills and experience to ensure that they can effectively manage PCHA's business.  

Cathy McCarthy – Chair

Cathy’s first roles were in housing advice and homelessness for a London local authority where she found a passion for working in social housing, making a positive difference to lives and communities.  She has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level, including Director roles at Origin Housing and Southern Housing.

Cathy lives locally in Beckenham and is currently Housing Director at West Kent Housing.

Dennis Simmonds – Vice-Chair


Dennis is a qualified accountant and had a long career working within finance in the commercial sector before becoming the Director of Finance and Corporate Services of Evolve housing and Support. Dennis is now retired.

Adeola Oke

Adeola has experience in a number of senior roles in housing associations, particularly in housing policy, asset management and business strategy. He was formerly Head of Asset Management for Hornsey Housing Trust, and Director of Local Space. He is currently employed as a consultant with Arhag Housing Association.  Adeola is a member of the CIH.

Trevor Crook

Trevor had a long career in local authority housing, culminating in becoming the Director of Housing at the LB of Lewisham.  He then went on to become a civil servant working with the Home Office and Foreign Office in a number of foreign countries, working with their governments on strategic planning, capacity building and risk management. Trevor is now retired.

Appointed as Chief Exec of PCHA in December 2016, Karen has worked at a senior level within the social housing and voluntary sector for over 25 years.  Her interest in social housing came from being homeless herself when she was pregnant with her daughter; she realised that having a safe affordable home is an essential building block for life. She started off working in supported housing for people with mental health problems, and then went on to be the Chief Exec of three small community based housing associations. In 2006 she set up her own consultancy business and since then has worked with a range of housing and support providers, offering advice and training to enable them to improve services, successfully engage tenants, and achieve their visions.


She is also the Chair of Evolve Housing and Support, a charity working with a range of homeless and vulnerable people in London.

Karen Cooper

Jonathan Bowen

Jonathan Bowen is a solicitor practising in-house for Optivo, a private registered provider, and he has worked in the housing sector for over four years. Before training to become a solicitor, he studied law at Swansea University and completed the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University. Jonathan moved to London in 2014, commenced his training contract with Viridian (now Optivo), and qualified as a solicitor with them in 2016.


Jonathan’s aim is to make a real difference to residents’ lives and his dedication to the housing sector and to improving individuals’ lives was recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2017, when he received the London Award for New Professional of the Year.

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