Our senior management team

Our senior management team is dedicated to delivering excellent services across our housing and care activities.

Chaya Spitz

Chaya Spitz OBE MBA

Chief Executive

Mrs Spitz is AIHA’s Chief Executive and joined the organisation in September 2021. She has an MBA from the Open University, where she won the Derek Pugh Award for Outstanding Performance. Before moving to AIHA she was Chief Executive at the Interlink Foundation, the membership body for Orthodox Jewish community organisations, where she worked for 25 years. She has wide ranging experience of developing community services, including new build capital projects, strategic planning and organisation transformation. She has brought to AIHA her strength in organisation leadership, and her community and public sector knowledge and networks. She was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to the British Jewish community.

Leora Basalian

Leora Basalian

Director of Care Services

Ms Basalian joined AIHA in 2008 and has fulfilled various roles within Schonfeld Square Homes and supported housing over the last 12 years. She was appointed as Director of Care Services in 2021, with responsibility for all care and supported housing schemes.

Solomon Tescher

Solomon Tescher

Director of Housing

Mr Tescher joined AIHA in the early 90s when the organisation had fewer than 50 units. He has been in senior leadership at AIHA for over 25 years and was instrumental in its growth to an organisation with over 900 units. He has wide ranging management responsibilities in both general needs and supported housing.

David Taylor

David Taylor FCCA FCMI

Director of Finance

Mr Taylor is the Director of Finance and has led the Finance Team at AIHA since 2016. He is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Management Institute. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Housing and Property sectors and his experience is primarily with smaller specialist housing organisations. He is currently also a Board Member of New World Housing Association, another community benefit organisation based in Balham.

Peter Mercer

Peter Mercer BSc(Hons) Cert.Ed MRICS C.Build E FCABE

Director of Property

Peter Joined AIHA on 2nd May 2022 and is a qualified Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Building Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the housing sector, in particular in London and Essex. He is committed to provide good quality services and puts residents at the very heart of what he does.

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