Board Members

The Board of Management not only reflects the interests of the communities in which we work, but also possesses the essential specialised skills and necessary experience required to run, monitor and control the affairs of the Association and to drive it forward.

To ensure that adequate internal control mechanisms are in place, monitored and reviewed regularly, the Board of Management has established an Audit and Risk Committee.

The Board meet regularly to agree the strategic direction of Estuary Housing Association. If you would like to see when the Board are next meeting and would like to come along to observe a Board meeting, please look at our events calendar. Residents may request a copy of the latest Board minutes or minutes of a previous meeting, please call the Company Secretary on 0300 304 5000.

Our Selection and Allocation of Board Members Policy and Procedure.pdf (4.410MB) Adobe Acrobat File explains the way in which people are selected for Estuary's Board and the process that takes place to allow this to happen.

Remuneration 2019-20 - Members of the Board and Chief Executive

Chair of the Board - George Kieffer

George Kieffer - Chair of the Board

Chair of the Board of Estuary Housing Association.
Director of Accession Homes Ltd and Estuary Homes Design Ltd.
Member of the Investment, Audit and Risk Committee, Corporate Health & Remuneration Sub-Committee and Services Committee.
Joined the Association in 2014.
George has a banking and commercial background and is an experienced non-executive who has worked in both the private and public sector.

Vice Chair of South East Local Enterprise Partnership for Essex, Southend & Thurrock.
Chair of Haven Gateway Partnership.
Board Member of Opportunity South Essex. 
Member of the University of Essex Enterprise and Industrial Advisory Boards.
Board Member of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Ltd

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

Ian Martin Member of the Board of Management.

Approaching 40 years of experience in the housing sector and joined Estuary Housing Association in 2012.

Member of the National Housing Federation’s East Region Sounding Board and Member of Build East developers’ group.

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

Michael Hadjimichael

Appointed as a Member of the Board of Management in March 2020.

Director of Accession Homes Ltd and Estuary Homes Design Ltd.

Joined the Association in 2018, having worked in the housing sector since 2006.

He is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and has an Honours Degree in Economics and Accounting.

Vice Chair - Samantha Jackson, Barrister LLB, LLM

Samantha Jackson

Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of Corporate Health and Remuneration and member of Investment, Audit and Risk Committee.

Joined the Association in 2016.

Samantha is a self-employed barrister, experienced in residential & commercial property law, housing law, charity law, regulation & governance; and local Government law.

Trustee of Hestia Housing and Support from 2014-2017, Member of the Governance and Approved Premises Committees.

Member of The Middle Temple Scholarship Panels.

Richard Bint MA (Hons)

Richard Bint

Member of the Board and Investment and Audit Committee.

Richard has a finance and accountancy background, formerly Chairman of PKF(UK)LLP and an experienced non-executive. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Joined the Association in 2016 and his portfolio includes Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Board Member for Harwich Haven Authority.  Richard is also Vice-Chairman of the Audit Committee of the ICAEW.

Richard is an Independent Governor and incoming Chair of the Audit Committee for Havering Sixth Form College.

Chris Blundell MA, MBA, MSc, FRICS, FCIH

Chris Blundell Member of the Board and Development Committee.

Joined the Association in 2018.

Chris has over 40 years experience in housing, including four Director level appointments in housing associations in London and the South East, and seven years Board Member experience with Newlon Housing Group in London, including Chair of their care and support subsidiary.

Chris also spent six years in the academic sector setting up the first degree level programme in housing studies in Hong Kong, and has recently returned to academia as a PhD student at Cambridge researching the development of large scale new communities.

Janis Gibson CMIPR

Janis Gibson

Member of the Board and Services Committee.

Joined the Association in 2016.  

Janis is currently Chief Executive Officer of Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) and is a Lay Member of Southend NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for public and patient engagement in the borough of Southend.

Janis has a background in financial services, business development, marketing and communications. She has also held Trustee, Board & Committee Member roles.

David Holmes BA (Hons), CIPFA, CMgr FCMI

David Holmes Member of the Board and Chair of Investment, Audit and Risk Committee,.

Member of Corporate Health and Remuneration Committee.

Joined the Association in 2012.

 David is currently Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs at Havering College of Further and Higher Education.  David has previous Board and Committee experience, being a member of Board and Audit & Finance Committee at Swan Housing Group, between 2007 and 2009.

Paul Kingston MA, FCIH, MCMI, DMS

Paul Kingston

Member of the Board and Chair of the Services Committee.

Member of Corporate Health and Remuneration.

Joined the Association in 2012.

Paul is currently Director of Housing and Care Services for Orwell Housing Association Ltd.

He has extensive experience within the social housing sector and is a past and long-serving member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Eastern Regional Board, including 6 years’ serving as the Eastern Region Representative on the CIH’s National Board. 

Paul is a regular speaker and commentator on Social Housing and Care. 

Robert Nichols MBA BEng MARLA FNAEA

Philip Garnar

Member of the Board and Chair of the Development Committee, member of Corporate Health and Remuneration and Accession Homes Limited.

Robert has an entrepreneurial background in property and business. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from UCL and an MBA from London Business School.

Having joined the Association in 2017 his portfolio includes CEO of Portico Property Limited and Board Member of a Property Tech Startup. 

Richard Rowntree BSc (Hons), ACIB

Richard Rowntree

Member of the Board and Development Committee.

Richard has a banking and financial background. He is currently the Managing Director of UK Mortgages and has extensive experience in mortgage retail banking. He has an honours degree in Financial Services and joined the Association in 2016.

Simone Russell

Simone Russell Member of the Board and Services Committee.

Joined the Association in 2018.

Simone is the Director for Housing and Communities at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and has worked within the housing sector for more than 20 years in various roles. She has also chaired the Chartered Institute of Housing's Eastern Board.

She is passionate about providing excellent services for residents, in homes that local people can really afford.