Gemma Glass MCIH is Head of Financial and Digital Inclusion for Southern Housing and is also chair of the G15 Cost of Living working group.Gemma brings specialist expertise in debt and welfare reform. She is passionate about designing services in a way that residents want to use them and creating systemic change for longer-term good. Gemma will use this drive and expertise to support the development of Renaisi’s frontline work with refugees and other people who are socially and economically excluded.

Gemma said:

“It’s a privilege to be on the board at Renaisi. I’m looking forward to working with like-minded professionals to support a wonderful organisation that is truly passionate about making meaningful societal impact.”

Gemma Glass

David Brook is a seasoned financial leader with 30+ years of industry experience in senior roles at HSBC UK and Royal Bank of Scotland. In this new role as Renaisi’s Non-Executive Director, David will bring his wealth of experience in financial services, strategic planning and execution, risk management and people development to guide the social enterprise.

David said:

“I am thrilled to join Renaisi as a Non-Executive Director. Their work is essential to building a more inclusive and equitable society, and I am committed to using my skills and experience to help them achieve their goals. I am confident that Renaisi will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of others, and I am honoured to be a part of their team.”

David Brook

Gemma and David’s appointments come as experienced senior finance professional, Paul DiPaulo and business advisor Surekha Aggarwal step down from the board.

Renaisi’s Chief Executive John Hitchin said:

“In Gemma and David, we’re lucky to have found Non-executive Directors whose values align with ours. We aim to strengthen communities by challenging the root causes of social and economic exclusion, but we know we can’t do that alone. Gemma and David’s expertise and connections will help us get there and I’m super excited about their appetite to support Renaisi’s strategy.”

John Hitchin

Renaisi’s strategic direction reflects today’s social and economic climate. With 25 years of experience, we know locking people out of society leads to poverty, poor health and wellbeing – and the cost is economic, as well as social. With our unique mix of social sector consultancy and person-centred support for marginalised communities we have a deep understanding of the biggest issues and aspirations of local authorities, charities, social enterprises and others.

Louise Kavanagh, Communications Consultant