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About us

Who we are

Parasol Homes provides housing for adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health problems, giving them choice and control over how they live their lives. We believe that every individual has the right to live an independent and rewarding life while feeling safe and supported. We achieve this through the provision of supported accommodation and community support.

Increasingly, people with a learning disability want to live more independently, with support on hand when they need it, we offer high-quality accommodation and tenancies for life.

Our mission is to be a leading housing organisation, delivering homes and services across the UK that enable people to live independently.

Meet the Team

Joy Malyon - Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board Member

Having over 15 years’ experience of the Housing, Support and Care sector, Joy is highly driven and passionate in furthering the development of accommodation within the social housing sector to help the most vulnerable people within our society. Her previous achievements as Chief Executive Officer of a Registered Provider of Social Housing were to expand the property portfolio by over 200%, whilst still retaining a robust housing management function suited to the needs of the resident and maintaining a strong financial viability and compliance methodology. Joy gained the investors in people award and were accredited with several Local Authorities as a preferred provider based on the quality of accommodation and service delivery.

Abdul Khan - Chief Operating Officer

Abdul read Medical Science at university and upon finishing his studies joined the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases as a journalist in Tropical Medicine. He was given the responsibility of Communications Manger where he interviewed key stakeholders, managed grant funding as well as fostered new collaborations and partnerships both at a public and private level. He then joined the National Health Service Management Scheme as Policy Lead for the Chief Medical Officer in blood safety. Abdul moved into Private Office where he worked for the Chief Executive of NHS blood and Transplant. During his tenure in Private Office, Abdul supervised the then Under Secretary of State for Mental Health on Early Medical Abortion. Abdul has enrolled on the CIH Level 5 Diploma of Housing and has recently been appointed as Non Executive Director of Horton Group, having oversight of 348 staff, 100 volunteers and an asset value of £18.1 Million.

Shirley Davies - Head of Housing

Shirley Davies graduated from Bristol Poly with a BA (Hons) in Housing and became a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing 3 years later. Shirley has broad experience as a housing professional in a range of social housing businesses from local authorities, housing associations and more recently an ALMO. She has experience of working across a broad range of disciplines including housing management, rent and service charge recovery and arrears, supported and specialist housing, day-to-day repairs and asset management including voids, housing development and regeneration as well as tenant and community involvement. She also has extensive experience of managing staff teams, change management, focussing on budgets and value for money for the benefit of the business to drive efficiencies and wider gains such as community benefit and corporate social responsibility agendas alongside partners. Shirley joined Parasol Homes in January 2020 as Head of Housing

Tanvi Joshi – Governance Officer

Tanvi read Politics at university and went on to work at Santander UK for three years before returning to complete a master’s in Human Rights at UCL. She has experience interning within the Policy and Strategy team at Homes England where she helped to research the effects of the national budget on social housing, alongside producing related reports and presentations. Whilst completing her master’s Tanvi served as a research intern within a counter-extremism organisation. She went on to work as a Research Analyst at Chambers and Partners before returning to the housing sector as a governance officer within Parasol Homes.

Matthew Powner – Property Manager

Matthew started out as an apprentice Painter and Decorator for Thomas Vale Construction. He has advanced through his career into a number of management positions and also holds several accredited management qualifications. Over the last 15 years Matthew has gained valuable experience in both the Housing and Construction Industry. Some of the highlights from his career thus far include managing the internal finishes on a large Ministry of Defence project, leading social housing renovation schemes across the Midlands, working on large scale new build housing projects, as well as being part of the site management team working on the development of the Physics Department at Oxford University.

Meet Our Board and Committee Members

Dr. Jackie Craissati, MBE - Chair

Jackie trained as a Clinical & Forensic Psychologist and has worked for 25 years in the NHS in forensic mental health services - providing hospital, prison and community care to offenders with mental health problems. Until 2016 she was Clinical Director and Head of Forensic Psychology in South-East London. She is now Director of Psychological Approaches community interest company, providing consultancy to criminal justice agencies and NHS England investigations. She is also a Trustee on the Board of Samaritans, and a Non-Executive Director of Kent & Medway Mental Health Trust.

Paul Reeves – Non-Executive Director

Paul Reeves read geography and philosophy at St. John's College Cambridge, and has been working in housing ever since for 35 years. His jobs have included management consultancy with Hackney Homes, producing their anti social behaviour strategy, asset management strategy and youth engagement strategy. His other roles have ranged from advising the Ministry of Defence on tenancy agreements and lettings, running the residents initiative service at the London Borough of Islington, and running the Homebuy service at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. He has served on the board of several housing associations, including Bush Housing Association as Vice Chair, Garden City Homes Housing Association as treasurer, and at Frays Housing Association. Paul is the author of three books, namely An Introduction to Social Housing (1st and 2nd editions) and Affordable and Social Housing, Policy and Practice.

Lawrence Miller – Non Executive Director

Lawrence has extensive experience working in the Housing sector within both the Private and Public spheres. He has held senior development roles in several key organisations such as BPHA, Countryside Properties Plc and Home Group Ltd. Lawrence has previously focussed on residential and commercial developments with specific knowledge of appraising both current and new schemes. He has expertise in handling Latent Defect Diagnosis, Compliance and Design, alongside negotiating land Purchases. Lawrence is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

John Garner , OBE - Audit & Risk Committee

John Garner has sweeping experience as a Chief Executive and Chief Officer within the public, private and voluntary sectors. Over an established and noted career, John has gained wide ranging management experience, operational expertise, financial skills and organisation development. John has a particular focus on governance, risk and audit and has within this capacity sat on the Boards of a number of significant national charities and organisations, such as the NHS primary acute commissioning services Board. In addition to this, John has broad yet in-depth experience in managing events and organisations with large budgets, such as the restructure of Wembley Stadium Ltd and staging LIVE AID. John’s long and successful career was summarised when he was awarded an illustrious OBE.