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  Board_and_Committee_Membership_and_Recruitment_Policy [pdf] 252KB explains the way in which people are selected for Estuary's Board and the process that takes place to allow this to happen.

Remuneration 2021-22 - 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 and 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.

Director, Snowville UK Ltd
Chairman, Haven Gateway Partnership
Member, University of Essex Enterprise Board
Member, University of Essex Industrial Advisory Board
Trustee, William Reason Hough Benevolent Fund

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

Ian Martin Member of the Board of Management.
Director of Accession Homes Ltd and Estuary Homes Design Ltd.

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

Member of the Board of Management.

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.

Richard Bint MA (Hons)

Richard Bint Member of the Board of Management and chair of Audit and Risk 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.

Janis Gibson CMIPR

Janis Gibson Member of the Board of Management, chair of Care and Support Committee and chair of 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 and Committee Member roles.

Claudette Marcano

Claudette joined us in September 2021 as a Board Member and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Claudette is currently Finance Director at Sapphire Independent Housing Ltd and has previously held the role of Head of Finance at Taylor Wimpey and Head of Financial Planning at One Housing and Notting Hill Housing. Claudette has a breadth of knowledge and experience of finance and risk both at various other housing associations and in the private sector.

Richard Moriarty

Richard joined us in September 2021 as our Senior Independent Director (SID) and chairs the Governance & Remuneration Committee.

Richard is CEO of the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. Prior to this, he was CEO of the Legal Services Board. Richard has held a range of other senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors. Richard also served as Deputy Chair on the Board of the Social Housing Regulator.

Richard has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics and an MBA.

Robert Nichols MBA BEng MARLA FNAEA

Philip Garnar

Member of the Board of Management.

Chair and Director of Estuary Homes Design Ltd.

Director of Accession Homes Ltd.

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.

Simone Russell

Simone Russell Member of the Board of Management, Care and Support Committee 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.

Patrick Symington

Patrick Symington Patrick joined us in September 2021 as a Board Member and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Estuary Homes Design Ltd Board.

Patrick is currently the CEO of MORhomes PLC and is a finance professional, originally from the private sector with extensive experience in the housing sector as an executive director, NED and consultant.

Patrick was previously Executive Director at First Wessex HA responsible for Finance, IT, Governance and Business Transformation. He has also been Finance Director at various other HAs and was Chair of Risk & Audit Committee at Stonewater HA.

Carol Williams

Carol joined us in September 2021 as a Board Member and Member of the Services Committee and Care and Support Committee.

Carol was previously Director of Operations at Origin Housing Limited and has extensive knowledge and experience in the housing sector. She has held several Senior Executive positions at various housing associations including First Wessex and interim roles at B3 Living and Saffron Housing.