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Jonathan Gregory

Chief Executive 


Before entering housing, Jonathan Gregory’s background was in social care, managing residential care, remand units and family assessment centres. He was formerly chair of his local fostering and adoption panel and was one of the first Conduct Committee chairs of the General Social Care Council, the social work regulator.


Jonathan has managed housing, neighbourhoods and estates for various housing associations, ALMOs and local authorities, and developed a strong track record of delivering dramatic change quickly. He is also a member of the Housing Committee for the Church of England Pensions Board.


Jonathan is of Jewish/Trinidadian mixed parentage. He grew up in the care system and became part of a diverse foster family from many backgrounds. He feels his lived experience enables him to bring strength, empathy, and valuable learned insights to his new role in social housing.




Omar Mapara

Director of Finance

Omar is a qualified accountant with extensive knowledge of housing association finance. He has 25 years of experience and 19 years at Senior Level. He was previously Chief Executive of Spitalfields Housing Association and is a former IDS Board member.



Richard Smith

Director of Operations

Richard joined the organisation in July 2023, Richard has worked for housing associations for over a decade and manages our housing management and maintenance teams, focussing on service delivery for our residents. He is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Raj Manik

HR Business Partner


Laurence Fowler-Stevens

Head of Governance and Business Development

Laurence joined IDS in February 2020 just as the organisation - like most of the country - was placed under lockdown because of the Corona Virus.   Laurence works with his CMT colleagues and the Board to develop and strengthen IDS's governance service and to seek ways to develop the business.