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Richard Gregory OBE


Alongside his role as Chair of Thriving Investments, Richard is also Chair of Places for People Group. In his extensive non-executive career, Richard has held the roles of chair, senior independent director and non-executive director across a range of private and public sectors including as Senior Advisor to Virgin Money PLC, Senior Independent Director and Risk Committee Chair of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group (CYBG PLC) and Chair of the Yorkshire Bank Pension Trust.  


Claire Ainsworth

Non-Executive Director and Chair of RemCo

Claire has over 40 years’ experience in financial services, with the last 17 being in investment management in the alternative assets sector. She is a former Managing Partner and current partner of Triple Point LLP, where she chairs the investment committee and Remco. Previous roles include Managing Director, Securitisation at Deutsche Bank. She is also a board member of Green Angel Ventures.


Phil Clark

Non-Executive Director

Phil has over 30 years’ experience as a real estate investment executive. Former roles include Global Head of Real Assets Equity at AEGON Asset Management, where he had responsibility for direct and indirect investment strategies, as well as Head of Specialist Property Investment Funds at Aviva Investors.  He is the current Chair of Pinnacle Investments and the RICS Commercial Property Forum and is on the Investment Committee for PIC.


Adam Davis KC

Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Adam is a Barrister of 38 years’ experience and was appointed as Kings Counsel in 2012. He has extensive experience in white-collar fraud as well as other serious crime often involving high profile cases. He undertakes regulatory work with England Golf and has appeared in FA tribunals. He is also a trustee and board member on two charitable organisations.


Julie Hirigoyen

Non-Executive Director and Chair of Investment & Sustainability Committee

Julie has 25 years’ experience in property and construction across private, public and third sector roles. She is currently Senior Advisor at Systemiq, Special Advisor to CBRE and Non-Executive director at Willmott Dixon. Julie was previously CEO of UK Green Building Council which, under her tenure, transformed in scale and profile to become the building industry’s voice on sustainability. Before this, Julie was UK Head of Sustainability at JLL following its acquisition of a sustainability consulting practice that Julie had co-founded.


Audrey Klein

Non-Executive Director

Audrey is an experienced real estate professional with 25 years’ global experience in senior fundraising roles.  Currently a Partner at Spencer House Partners, she previously set up the European business for Park Hill Real Estate Group, a Division of Blackstone, and prior to that ran her own business marketing alternative asset funds to European investors. She is also a board member and ESG Chair for both SFO Capital and Planet Smart City and a board member of Elix, a Spanish residential group.


Greg Reed

Non-Executive Director

Greg is Group Chief Executive of Places for People. A purpose-driven senior executive, in his 30-year career, Greg has led major finance, partnership, marketing, customer service, and commercial functions in global listed companies including Bank of America and RBS Group. Before joining PfP, Greg was UK CEO of international home assistance business HomeServe. Greg is passionate about helping to solve the UK’s housing crisis and is a former non-executive director of Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest housing association. He also chaired its charitable foundation, Clarion Futures. 


Tim Saunders

Non-Executive Director

Tim is the former co-founder of PfP Capital (now Thriving Investments) and was Fund Director of its first fund, Picture Living, until June 2023. Following various leadership roles, in 2000 he founded Touchstone, the residential property management company, which was then sold to Places for People Group in 2012.  Tim is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is the non-executive Chairman of Chelverton Asset Management Limited.  


John Tatham

Non-Executive Director

John is finance director and oversees the finance function and leads on new fund strategies and fund reporting. Previously he was the Group Finance Director of igloo Regeneration where he established and managed several public private partnerships and investment funds delivering regeneration across the UK. Prior to igloo, John was Finance Director of the East Midlands Development Agency. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and FCA authorised.


Cath Webster

Chief Executive Officer

Cath joined in January 2023 to lead on increasing funds under management alongside the delivery of social impact, augmenting the existing fund management platform across high-quality affordable housing, private-rented residential and urban regeneration strategies. She was previously Executive Director for Strategy and Investment at property development and investment specialist Quintain. Cath has 30 years of real estate experience across private equity, fund management and investment banking. She has an MBA from INSEAD and is a Member of the BPF’s Affordable Housing Committee, a Member of the RICS and Co-Chair for the Creative Land Trust.


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