Oona is Chief Executive of United Communities, a community based housing association, which own and manages 2000 homes and is based in Bristol, UK.
Oona is passionate about the role that housing associations can play in shaping their cities and supporting residents and communities to become more resilient. Her career started with supporting communities to campaign for new homes in central London. This was followed by work with housing co-ops and developing new homes and commercial premises in central London. She held a variety of roles with housing associations and led major regeneration projects for local authorities before joining United Communities.
United Communities is known for its entrepreneurial approach to development and regeneration, which includes commercial joint ventures with developers, ethical market rent funded by a social investment fund, a community land trust and large scale mixed tenure regeneration.
As well as being Chief Executive, Oona is a Board member of Bristol Community Land Trust, Bristol Hospitality Network for Refugees, Bristol Prison and is a board member of the national Placeshapers. She won UK Housing Professional of year award in 2016 and Bristol Business Woman on the year in 2017. In 2017 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research global approach’s to housing millennials. Oona gained an MSc in Public Service Management in 2015.