Chief executive Kate Davies receives CBE

Notting Hill Genesis chief executive, Kate Davies, received her CBE for services to housing from Princess Anne last week.

Kate, who was honoured in the Queen’s birthday list, was made a Commander of the British Empire by HRH The Princess Royal at an investiture ceremony on Wednesday 14 December.

She was joined at Windsor Castle by her husband Nick, daughter Esme and sons George and Gus.

It comes as Kate prepares to leave Notting Hill Genesis after 18 years at the helm, with new chief executive Patrick Franco joining in the new year.

Speaking after the event, Kate said: “It was a remarkable day and such a huge moment of pride for me and my family. The announcement was made a few months ago, but now it feels real.

“This award reflects the amazing work we do at Notting Hill Genesis and as a sector more widely. Every day I see the commitment from our staff to provide the best service we can to our residents and while we don’t always get everything right, that is what I’m most proud of and one of the things I will miss the most.”

Kate had been chief executive of Notting Hill Housing since 2004 before the merger to create Notting Hill Genesis. Prior to this she served as chief executive of Servite Houses and director of housing in Brighton and Hove.

She has previous experience in local government and the private and voluntary sectors, and is currently a non-executive director with Stonebond and TopHat Enterprises Ltd.