Profile of Elaine Bailey

Martin Temple Elaine's career has spanned the construction, criminal justice and social housing sectors and she has worked in the private, public and not for profit sectors.

Elaine's first career was as a civil and structural engineer and she worked in the construction industry, largely on residential projects, for over 15 years before joining her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS) where she directed the largest and fastest building programme to increase the number of prison places.

Elaine returned to the private sector in 2000 to become Managing Director of a UK/USA joint venture to operate a number of prisons in England and Scotland. She went on to become Business Development Director of Serco's Home Affairs Division, and was the driving force behind Serco's entry into international criminal justice markets. Elaine then became MD of Serco Home Affairs.

In 2014 Elaine joined the social housing sector as Chief Executive of The Hyde Group, one of the largest housing associations with 50,000 properties and delivering over 1000 additional properties each year. Following the Grenfell tragedy, Elaine led Hyde's initiative to make safe all their high-rise buildings, including the removal of flammable cladding; and she sits on the Industry Safety Steering Group, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, to change the culture of the construction industry.

Following her retirement a year ago, Elaine has taken up a number of non-Executive Board roles – three in the affordable housing space and the fourth in H&S accreditation. She is also a Trustee of a private family foundation working with disadvantaged young people.

Register of interests

Interest Category Involvement
1 Companies, partnerships, trusts or other bodies of which you are a paid employee. Andium Housing (an independent but government owned body, State of Jersey);
RESI plc;
MCS SO (McCarthy and Stone Shared Ownership) - soon to be part of Lone Star plc; and
CHAS (Construction Health and Safety) - an LATC (Local Authority Trading Company) owned by London Borough of Merton and Board member of M J Gleeson plc.
2 Companies and organisations in which you or your family or close associates:
a) has/have a controlling interest, or


b) is/ are a Director or Partner, or Nil
c) has/have shares or securities with a nominal value of more than £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issues share capital, and Nil
d) could be involved in the supply of goods or services to, or have business dealings with the HSE Nil
3 Non-profit making organisations (eg charities, housing associations) where you or your close family are Trustees, or on the Committee of Management or other controlling body and which might receive grants, carry out activities designed to promote or develop the organisation, or have other significant dealings with the HSE Nil
4 Any land or property in which a member has a direct interest and is clearly within HSE's sphere of activities. Nil
5 Membership of local authorities, health authorities and trusts, the Magistrates Bench, and relevant voluntary sector bodies. Nil
Updated 2022-01-25