Meet our management team

Chan Kataria OBE, Group Chief Executive

Chan is Group Chief Executive of emh group and has been in this role since 2004. Prior to this he held senior level positions in various local, regional, and national housing organisations. He is currently Board member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has over the years represented other trade bodies in the sector, including the NHF, PlaceShapers, and Housemark. He is also Board member of the CBI Regional Council and is Honorary Associate at De Montfort University. In his spare time, he is on the Boards of a Hospice and FE College. Chan was awarded an OBE in 2017 for his services to housing in the East Midlands.

Chris Ashton, Executive Director – Housing

Chris joined emh group as an area housing manager in 1996. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and a member of its East Midlands Regional Board. Chris has played a major role in developing the group’s social enterprise strategy and building local partnerships to tackle homelessness, financial inclusion, community safety, and dementia-friendly services for older people.

Geoff Clarke, Executive Director – Finance

Geoff has worked in the social housing sector since 1994. He has helped to set up Large Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT) housing associations and has worked within Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs). He has extensive experience of negotiating private finance deals for a number of organisations, and has developed systems for Risk Management and for continuous performance improvement.

Joanna Grainger, Executive Director – Care and Support

Jo has led emh care & support since 2015. Her role includes supported living, registered care, day services, and domiciliary care. She is passionate about giving everyone an opportunity to live the life they want to live, and is an active member of the National Housing Federation’s East Midlands Interest Group for Care and Support. She is closely involved in work to secure a new long-term government funding deal for supported housing.

Chris Jones, Executive Director – Development

Chris joined emh group from another leading registered housing provider in 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience of multi-tenure, residential development in the public and private sectors. Chris manages the group’s Strategic Partnership with Homes England, through which he aims to almost double the number of new homes built over the next five years. He is a lead member of the Quantum Development partnership and strong campaigner for greater housing investment in the East Midlands.

Joanne Tilley, Executive Director – Corporate Services

Jo has been at emh group since 2004. She started her career in housing management and has also worked in research, information, and care and support. This frontline experience gives her a strong insight into what each part of the business needs from the teams she now leads to provide HR, governance, learning and development, health and safety, quality, compliance, co-regulation, communications, and new business. Jo is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Chair of the National Housing Federation’s Midlands Governance Special Interest Group.