Our Executive Team lead The Barnet Group and help us meet the needs of our customers, and continue to grow as a business.

Elliott Sweetman, Interim CEO

Elliott became Interim Chief Executive in June 2024 having held the executive roles of both Group Director of Development and Property and Group Director of Operations and Property at The Barnet Group for eight years and has over 20 years of sector experience.

Elliott’s key focus is the delivery of the Group’s Strategic Plan and its four key aims:

  • supporting people to deliver their best
  • delivery of quality services and care to customers
  • enhanced effectiveness and nurturing innovation
  • growing financial strength

Laura Giles, Director of Strategy

Laura has worked for The Barnet Group since 2016. Previously a Head of Service, she joined the Executive Management Team in September 2023 as Director of Strategy. She has worked in social housing for over 15 years in a variety of roles from resident involvement and complaints management to project and programme management and strategic planning. Laura has a degree in English Literature and is experienced in leading on improvement, culture, and change programmes. As part of her role, Laura also leads on housing and homelessness strategy for the London Borough of Barnet.

Kate Laffan, Group Director of Resident Services

Kate was previously the Assistant Director, responsible for our Housing Options service. As of June 2019, she is our Director of Customer Experience & Service Improvement.

Shaun McLean, Group Director of Resources

Shaun joined The Barnet Group in January 2020. He was previously at Thrive Homes and worked in senior roles at a number of multinational companies for 13 years before joining the housing sector in 2011. His previous role was Deputy Finance Director of Family Mosaic.

His career began as a qualified chartered accountant in South Africa and since moving to the UK in 1998 he has progressed through various financial management roles. He has worked for a number of large companies covering areas including telecoms, software, financial services and container shipping. These included Santander, Accenture and Maersk.

He moved into the housing sector as he values the importance of making a social contribution and finds it a rewarding role.

Julie Riley, Group Director of Care & Support

Julie joined the Group in early 2014 and has responsibility for all of the Your Choice services and Sheltered Housing, Floating Support and Assist within Barnet Homes. In Spring 2018 Julie assumed the responsibility for Business development and Community Engagement, as well as Extra Care in her Group Director, Care & Support role.

Vacant, Group Director of Development and Property