Michael Brodtman – Chair

After 20 years operating at Board level for some of the world’s largest real estate businesses – most recently as Chairman of UK Advisory for CBRE – Michael Brodtman, steps up to lead the society at a key time in its development.

At one time responsible for all UK service lines of CBRE Advisory UK, Michael brings a wealth of property experience to the IDS Board. Michael is a Non Executive Director of two FTSE 250 real estate companies; Target Healthcare REIT, which owns a national portfolio of prime modern care homes, and Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. Michael is also a Trustee of Jewish Care, the leading health and social care charity for the Jewish Community in London and the South East.

Michael arrives at a time of major shake-ups across the housing sector, with stronger regulatory and monitoring frameworks in place in social housing, and key focus on safety and meaningful engagement with residents.

Michael notes that “The recent period has been momentous for the whole of the social housing sector, and there is still much to do. It’s a very exciting time to be leading IDS.”

Alan Jacobs:

  • IDS Board Member
  • Chair of Asset and Investment Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees

Alan Jacobs, founder and principal of London based investment and advisory firm, Jacobs Capital, is a former corporate lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in Investment banking and Private Equity.  Alan has been a non-executive director of a wide range of companies including Iceland Foods, Virgin Active, Reiss and Zoggs.  In addition to sitting on the board of Industrial Dwelling Society, Alan is Chair of British Friends of Hebrew University and a Trustee of The Jacob Foundation, owner of the Jewish News.  He is a former Chair of the Jewish Chronicle.

Paul Huberman

  • IDS Board Member
  • Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee

Paul Huberman currently advises companies in the real estate and finance sectors, with over 36 years’ experience. Paul is currently a part-time executive director at Galliard Homes Ltd, a major UK home builder. Paul is currently a non-executive director at Town Centre Securities plc, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

David Levenson

  • IDS Board Co-optee
  • Chair of the Task & Finish Group

David Levenson is an executive and career strategy coach, accredited team coach and expert in governance and leadership development in housing and works with boards and senior executives as a coach, advisor and boardroom facilitator. David joined the IDS board in September 2022 and Chairs the Governance Task and Finish Group

Lee Bloomfield

  • IDS Board Member
  • Member of Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of Asset and Investment Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees

Lee is the Chief Executive of Manningham Housing Association which is a BME Association based in Bradford. Prior to this role he was Chief Executive at Leeds Jewish Housing Association.

With a remarkable career spanning over 25 years in the social housing sector he has acquired extensive experience across a range of organisations including Local Authorities, ALMO’s and Housing Associations where he has showcased his expertise in corporate governance, business development, organisational change, and exceptional strategic leadership.

Craig Simons

  • IDS Board Member
  • Chair of Operations Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Craig is the Director of Operations at Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA) which is a small BME Association with around 550 properties providing both services for older people together with general needs housing.  Craig has worked for LJHA for nearly 25 years starting as a Management Trainee and working through various roles within the organisation.

Susan French

  • IDS Board Member
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Susan has worked in social housing for 30 years. She is currently Chief Executive of Barnsbury HA. She has previously worked at Hyde Housing, where she was Director of Customer Services and as a Regional Director for Places for People. She has also worked as a consultant for Campbell Tickell, specialising in governance and strategy.

Nicola Kravitz 

  • IDS Board Vice-Chair 
  • Chair Remuneration & Nominations Committee 
  • Member of the Operations Committee  
  • Member of the Task & Finish Group 

Nicola has been a board member at IDS since 2018.  She is also a partner in Memery Crystal solicitors and heads up the Real Estate Private Client team.  She has a  particular interest in leasehold reform and EDI matters