Our people

The staff

Paula Paula Higgins, Chief Executive Paula had a long career as a civil servant, working on environmental, housing and planning issues for the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the European Commission.  She led the previous government’s review of the building control system. She is co-owner of a house in North London, where she oversaw a major kitchen extension and other refurbishment. She lives there with her husband and two children.Contact Paula on paula@hoa.org.uk
Martin Martin Shankleman, Director Martin is an experienced business and finance journalist, covering the range of issues that affect homeowners. He was the BBC’s Employment Correspondent for 4 years, and before that was the Radio 2 Business Correspondent. He has reported for most BBC news programmes, including Newsnight and the Today programme on Radio 4. He is an experienced homebuyer and homeowner, in both Wales and London, and has just finished a major refurbishment of a house in London.
Angela Angela Kerr, Director Angela has a long career in policy development. After graduating from LSE she worked for the government’s Sustainable Development Unit, which led to a stint at the European Commission. She has an insider view of how Whitehall works having run the office of a Cabinet Minister. She led the previous government’s review of building control with her job-share and friend Paula. She lives in Kent chasing after her three children and partner.Contact Angela on  angela@hoa.org.uk
Katherine small Katherine Binns, Director Katherine has over twenty years experience in market research, bringing the voice of the customer to organisations across a range of sectors. Katherine a homeowner, herself, lives with her husband and two children in North London. She has thankfully survived the joys of project managing the build of an extension and kitchen refurbishment! Contact Katherine on katherine@hoa.org.uk
Capture Tom Allsop, Journalist: 

The Advisory Council

The HomeOwners Alliance’s advisory council provides strategic oversight and expertise to our work. Current members are:

Bridget Rosewell is a highly accliamed economist and business woman, and chief economic adviser to the Mayor of London. She has founded several economic consultancies, and is a non-executive director of Ulster Bank and National Rail. She is a former non-executive director of Britannia building society.

Dr Paula Owen is an environmental and sustainability specialist in the residential sector. She has over two decades of professional experience and is author of a suite of consumer publications on energy efficiency.  She was head of knowledge services at the Energy Saving Trust.

We will be welcoming other specialist advisers to the council soon.