Zebra Housing

The Board

Board Profiles

Tes Adamou – Board Member

Tes has been a board member of Zebra since 2019. He is the Managing Director of EEDN, a construction consultancy and was a Lecturer at Imperial College London for seven years in Construction Law and Project Management.

Alison Ahearn – Board Member

Alison is an academic teaching construction law and management at Imperial College London. She also develops space-themed learning to encourage children into science and engineering, with ProEdetal (“Professional Education et al”). 

Zamzam Ahmed – Board Member

Zamzam first moved to the U.K. as an international postgraduate student and is an alumni resident of Zebra Housing Association. She is a senior academic in higher education with a vast experience in teaching and mentoring international students. Zamzam sits on various academic and educational boards.

Rebecca Coxhead – Board Member

Rebecca has worked in social housing for 4.5 years and specialises in governance having previously worked in the higher education sector in the UK and NZ.  Rebecca has experience in the charity sector through sitting on various boards throughout her career.

Paul van Driesche – Association Vice Chair

Paul has been a supporter of Zebra for nearly 20 years and joined the Board in 2019 where he now serves as Vice-chair. He is a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London, Centre for Environmental Policy, and is currently carrying out post-doctoral research in climate smart approaches to sustainable agriculture in the Maldives. Paul also serves as the British Honorary Consul to the Maldives and was made an MBE in this role in 2021.   

Emily Hodgson – Association Chair

Emily is a qualified barrister specialising in housing, local government, and property law for 13 years. She brings considerable expertise and specialist knowledge of housing law, social housing regulation and housing management to the Board. Since leaving private legal practice in 2016, Emily embarked on a career in housing management working in social housing – a sector she is very passionate about. She has established herself as a talented and innovative leader and has built a strong reputation for creating positive change and cultural transformation.

Henrik Lonberg – Board Member

Henrik is an architect living and working in London with over 20 years’ experience in the design of housing, commercial developments and buildings for the performing arts. Originally from Denmark Henrik is a former resident of Zebra.

Naraindra Maharaj – Board Member and Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Naraindra’s association with Zebra is over 25 years. Firstly, as a tenant, when he and his wife were students and at the same time as a student Board Member. After student life he was elected as a Board Member and a few years later was elected Chair of the Board. After serving as Chair for a few years he resigned from Zebra due to personal reasons. He was recently elected as a Board Member again. He is a qualified Barrister and currently work as a Legal Advisor/Consultant to a few clients. 

Shahzad Zaveer- Treasurer, Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Board Member

Shahzad has been a Board member since 2019 and currently the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is an experienced finance professional with wide ranging experience in M&A, Financial Strategy, Operations and Planning, and who also brings a diverse  perspective having either worked or studied across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Shahzad is currently a Finance Director with Avast and based in London, UK.


There are a number of things that are unusual about Zebra:


90% of our residents are studying at PhD or Masters level, and we serve students from all of the major London educational institutions, including the University of London (Imperial College, King’s College, Queen Mary College, Royal Holloway College, the London School of Economics, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Royal Academy of Music, SOAS, University College), City University, the Courtauld Institute, Eastman Dental Hospital, London Business School, London Metropolitan University, Middlesex University, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music, Royal Veterinary College, Westminster University and the University of the Arts.