Senior Leadership Team

Chief Executive - Ian Martin MBA, FCIH, FCMI, FRSA

Ian Martin Ian Martin joined Estuary Housing Association in November 2012 and became Chief Executive in June 2019.

Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds the Institute of Housing Professional Qualification, together with a Diploma in Management Studies and a Masters in Business Administration (Executive) from University of Hertfordshire Business School. Ian started his housing career with London Borough of Enfield and spent some 17 years in a variety of roles, culminating in posts responsible for the provision and management of temporary accommodation and housing advice services.

In 2000 Ian became Director of Housing & Neighbourhood Services at Christian Action Housing, where he was responsible for the housing, supported housing and neighbourhood services functions. Ian was also responsible for establishing and managing the Association’s social enterprise, which offered young people employment opportunities in cleaning and grounds maintenance. In addition, Ian chaired the local Borough ASB and Housing Management Forum and became a member of the local Crime and Disorder Partnership. He also secured funding and delivered projects providing employment opportunities, youth engagement projects and delivering Children’s Centre services.

Chief Financial Officer - Michael Hadjimichael ACMA, CGMA, BSc (Hons)

Michael Hadjimichael Michael Hadjimichael joined Estuary Housing Association as Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Resources in July 2018. Michael has responsibilities for Finance, ICT, Corporate Services and Governance. Michael was appointed as Chief Financial Officer on 1 March 2020.

Michael is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and also has a Degree in Economics and Accounting from Loughborough University.

Michael started his career in 2000 in Insurance and Financial Services before moving into senior financial positions in Social Housing with Swan Housing in 2006 and CHP in 2012.  

In 2015, Michael was appointed Director of Resources at Colchester Borough Homes where he had responsibility for Finance, HR, Governance, Risk, Performance, Health and Safety and IT to add to his financial background.

Director of Customer Services - Helen Gregory

Helen Gregory Helen joined Estuary Housing in April 2019.

Helen is an experienced strategic housing professional with over 25 years experience working with Councils, Housing Associations and ALMO’s.
 
She has held the position of Operations Director at Colne Housing as well as Head of Housing at Brentwood Council. Helen has also worked as Contracts Manager at Triathlon Homes, responsible for the successful handover of the former athletics village, into affordable housing part of the Olympic Games legacy 2012.

A Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Helen is passionate about customer service and resident empowerment.

Director of Built Environment - Peter Mercer

Peter Mercer Peter joined Estuary in April 2015.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours and is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

His career in housing started in the 1980’s as a Building Surveyor and he has held senior management positions in Local Government and Housing associations in both London and Essex. Peter has managed a wide range of services  including responsive and planned maintenance, design and contract management, in addition he holds a post graduate certificate in education and has lectured extensively in building related subjects.

Peter is committed to providing good quality services and ensuring residents are at the heart of what we do.

Director of Care and Support - Caroline Theodorou

Caroline Theodorou Caroline Theodorou joined Estuary Housing in February 2019.

Caroline, previously worked as a Locality Manager at Skills for Care working with a wide range of stakeholders including; CQC registered care providers, local authorities and health organisations.

Prior to this role Caroline spent 28 years’ in the social care sector in differing roles. Caroline is passionate about raising standards, recognising individual CPD, working from a team approach and building quality relationships.

Interim Director of People and Change - Lynn Hanford-Day

Lynn Hanford-Day

Lynn joined Estuary in Oct 2019

Lynn is a Fellow of the CIPD and has over 20 years’ experience of working at Director level in a variety of organisations and sectors including IT, Defence, Financial Services and since 2008 in Social Housing.

Previously the Director of People, Comms and OD at Sovereign Housing for six years, since leaving the position in 2013, Lynn has led her own consultancy, coaching and interim business. 

Known for developing and implementing People Strategies, leading business transformation, cultural change and leadership development Lynn has particular expertise and experience in performance management and employee engagement. 

A qualified coach and an Accredited Strengths coach, she has a Post Grad Diploma in Organisational Change from Ashridge Business School. 

Lynn is also a practising artist with an interest in sacred geometry and Islamic pattern.