Executive Directors

Paul Dolan, Group Chief Executive of Riverside
Paul Dolan
Group Chief Executive

Paul Dolan took up his post as Group Chief Executive of Riverside in May 2024, following seven years as Chief Executive at Accent Group.

Paul has a successful track record in delivering transformational business and culture change. He is experienced in organisational turnarounds, taking businesses from positions of serious regulatory failure to full compliance.

Paul has led both not for profit and commercial businesses, and managed stakeholders through complex organisational change.

In 2019, he successfully led Accent to a record-breaking deal with the UK social housing sector’s lowest ever price on a long-dated public bond.

Paul created the #MorethanHomes campaign to raise £1m for the Trussell Trust. Backed by the National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing and the Northern Housing Consortium, More than Homes is an initiative established to build on the collective power of the housing sector, to respond to the economic crisis resulting from COVID-19.

Prior to his time with Accent, Paul was a former chief executive of Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust(JJHT) from February 2014 to April2017, where he steered the organisation to financial stability, regulatory compliance and through a comprehensive reform of governance. He delivered JJHT’s new vision and provided the organisation with a clear purpose and a national voice for retirement living.

From 2010 to 2014, Paul was the chief executive of Sadeh Lok Housing Group, leading the organisation through governance, organisational and cultural business transformation. This included reviewing the composition of this complex group, which included a national children’s charity and employment agency, establishing anew vision and business objectives which resulted in regulatory upgrades for viability and governance within 12 months. Paul went on to grow Sadeh Lok’s property portfolio by 7% within 18months and secure the Investors in People Gold Standard.

Paul previously chaired the National Housing Federation Yorkshire and Humberside Region CEO group and has been appointed by the regulator as a statutory appointee to a non-compliant lease-based provider.

Prior to a number of senior housing management roles from 2002 to 2010, Paul won a scholarship to work as a chef for Raymond Blanc in 2002 at 2 Michelin star restaurant
LeManoir aux Quat’Saisons.

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John Glenton, Executive Director, Care & Support Services
John Glenton
Executive Director, Care & Support Services

John has more than 30 years’ experience in the Care and Support sector. John’s career began as a support worker and he has held various management roles covering business development, strategy, quality and improvement and operations.

At Riverside, John is the lead director for our People Services function, together with our Care & Support portfolio which includes supported housing, homelessness services, young people’s services (including Ofsted regulated services), extra care and retirement living (including CQC regulated services).

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Ian Gregg, Executive Director, Asset Services
Ian Gregg
Executive Director, Asset Services

Ian joined the Riverside Group in May 2014. He is responsible for all of the Group’s homes and buildings, ensuring that they are all safe and well maintained. Ian is also responsible for the Group’s wholly owned subsidiary contractor, Evolve.

He is the nominated Health and Safety Lead for the Group. He leads the Group Procurement Function and is the responsible officer for Business Continuity.

Ian is the Executive Lead for Riverside at the Greater Manchester Housing Partnership and leads for GMHP on Homelessness and Housing Access.

After initially beginning his career as a student surveyor with Manchester City Council, Ian has subsequently worked for Midland Heart, Parkway Green, Regenda Group, Guinness Northern Counties and Harvest Housing Group.

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Cris McGuinness, Chief Financial Officer at Riverside
Cris McGuinness
Chief Financial Officer

Cris joined Riverside as Chief Financial Officer in March 2018.

Cris started her career with KPMG in Liverpool and has over twenty years’ experience as Finance Director / Chief Finance Officer in various organisations including The Guinness Partnership, Serco and Transport for Greater Manchester.

At Riverside, Cris has responsibility for all financial and treasury matters, all non-London Development and Joint Ventures.

Cris is passionate about EDI matters and has worked with various staff groups over her time at Riverside.

Outside of Riverside, Cris is the Chair of ClwydAlyn in North Wales.

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Patrick New, Executive Director, Customer Service
Patrick New
Executive Director, Customer Service

Patrick New joined Riverside as Executive Director of Customer Service in February 2019.

Patrick has 30 years’ experience working in regulated service industries and over 15 years’ experience at Director/Executive level. Patrick has a track record of success in multi-site customer service leadership, nationwide operations management and various commercial directorate roles at British Gas, Dyno Rod and Royal Bank of Scotland, and as Managing Director and Board Director at Ecotricity, a renewable energy company. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of Smart Energy GB.

Patrick brings with him a wealth of experience. He has a passion for leading and developing people and providing great customer service.

At Riverside, Patrick is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Regulator of Social Housing’s Consumer Standards and also sits on the Evolve Board and the Riverside Scotland Board.

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Tony Blows, Chief Information Officer
Tony Blows
Chief Information Officer

Tony Blows joined The Riverside Group in early 2022 as CIO for the newly merged Group, having been CIO at One Housing Group previously.

With circa 20 years of experience of enabling business strategy through effective technology solutions, he has led numerous multi-year programmes of integration and transformation. These change programmes were always underpinned by data improvements and technology modernisation, and usually included expanding multiple digital channels to help improve customer services and deliver additional business efficiencies.

Prior to joining One Housing he worked at Sovereign Network Group, where he held the role of Group Director for IT and acquired much experience regarding complex integration programmes within large HA’s. Earlier on as IT Director at Spectrum Housing Group, he led on the early adoption of CRM, Data Integration, Process Automation and Business Intelligence.

He has a passion for developing and leading high performing teams that can then make a significant contribution to their organisation. Tony is responsible for the integration and transformation portfolio at Riverside.

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Jehan Weerasinghe - Managing Director of One Housing
Jehan Weerasinghe
Managing Director of One Housing

Jehan Weerasinghe is the Managing Director of One Housing and a key member of Riverside’s executive team. He joined Riverside in September 2023, having previously held the position of Managing Director of Customer Experience at the Wheatley Group, Scotland’s largest housing association with over 45,000 homes. During his tenure at Wheatley, he also served as Managing Director of Wheatley Homes Glasgow.

Jehan spent over 16 years at L&Q (London & Quadrant) between 2002-19, where he held various roles related to regeneration, mergers, stock transfers, operations and community investment. During his time at L&Q he was also involved in the mergers of East Thames and Ujima. His extensive experience culminated in the role of Regional Operations Director.

Jehan has a solid track record of delivering large housing led urban regeneration projects across London. In his time at L&Q he was a member of the Development & Sales Board. He also oversaw a high-profile regeneration project in Maryhill (Glasgow). He brings this experience to Riverside’s regeneration projects in Camden and the Isle of Dogs.

Jehan’s passion lies in working closely with communities to revitalise neighbourhoods through regeneration.

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