Chief Executive - Paul Durkin

Paul Durkin Paul Durkin has been Chief Executive of Estuary Housing Association since July 2007.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Paul started his career in social housing in 1982 as a Housing Trainee with Harlow District Council and gained experience in all parts of a large and busy housing department as well as broader experience within the local authority. At the time of leaving Harlow in 2000, Paul was Head of Housing for the Council.

Paul became Executive Director of Operations at Swan Housing Association in May 2000 where he was responsible for housing operations and the development function. In May 2002, he moved to Family Housing Association as Group Director where he had responsibility for the North and East of London housing management, a subsidiary (Charlton Triangle Homes) and the Emergency (homeless) Housing Service which provided over 1000 homes. He later also had responsibility for the Group’s Asset Management services.

Executive Director - Finance & Corporate Resources - Michael Hadjimichael

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, HR, Central Services and Governance. 

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.

Executive Director of Operations - Ian Martin

Ian Martin Ian Martin joined Estuary Housing Association in November 2012.

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.

Director of ICT & Digital Business Transformation - Paul Bracken

Paul Bracken - Director of ICT & Digital Business Transformation Paul Bracken joined Estuary Housing Association in January 2018.

Paul is a highly experienced IT leader with a successful track record of delivering IT Strategy, Service Improvement and Business Transformation initiatives. For over 20 years Paul has worked with companies across sectors including insurance, banking, media, education, central and local government, entertainment and transportation to improve service delivery, to make user and customer experiences better and to make IT the enabler for business goals.


Interim Director of Development - Keith Carter

Tom Shewry Director of Development

Keith Carter was welcomed back to Estuary in October 2018 as Interim Development Director. 

A very experienced property professional, Keith has worked in the public sector for over 25 years and as a property consultant for the last fourteen. He has been an Executive Director at East Thames, Peabody and Homes for Haringey as well as carrying out a diverse range of projects as a consultant from estates management to development for both public sector clients and private contractors. A member of the RICS and has a masters in Urban Planning, he is also a Board member at Hundred Houses Society.

This is Keith’s second interim commission at Estuary having previously covered the Property Director role in 2015 prior to Peter Mercer’s appointment and has worked as a consultant on various projects for Estuary over the last three years. 

Interim Director of Finance - Ian Warner

Ian Warner Ian Warner joined Estuary Housing in August 2018

He has extensive experience in social housing finance and has held the post of Interim Director of Finance in a number of housing associations and local authority housing companies (ALMOs). He is a Chartered Accountant and has also worked in central and local government since he started as a career interim 14 years ago.

In Ian’s roles, he has had direct responsibility for treasury management, budget setting and management accounts reporting, procurement, internal and external audit, risk management, the project management of GDPR implementation, mergers, 30 business planning and IT as well as the staff management of both small and large departments.

As a senior interim manager and with his experience, Ian always strives to add value in the various roles he carries out so that the organisations he works for benefit during his time in post.

Director of Housing and Communities - Kevin Turnpenney

Kevin Turnpenney Kevin joined Estuary Housing Association in September 2014.

Kevin began his career in housing working in a variety of front line roles in his home city of Bradford. He moved to North London in the late 1980’s progressing from Housing Officer to Housing Manager roles with Enfield Council before becoming an Area Housing Manager with Epping Forest District Council in 1990.

Having taken a one year sabbatical between 1992 and 1993, Kevin returned to housing as an Area Housing Manager with the London Borough of Barnet in late 1993. Kevin remained with Barnet for the next 20 years progressing to his final role of Head of Customer Services. During his time with Barnet, Kevin was responsible for Tenancy, Income, Void and Leasehold Management services.

Kevin leads the Housing and Communities Team, who are responsible for letting homes, tenancy management and income collection as well as community and resident involvement.

Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development - Linda Hollingworth

Linda Hollingworth Linda Hollingworth joined Estuary Housing Association in February 2008.

Linda holds a Masters Degree in Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Organisational Development in the Public Sector. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a Chartered Manager (CMI) and is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Linda is a Prince 2 Practitioner and qualified with the British Psychiatric Society in Level A and B psychological testing (Assessment Centres).

Linda’s career has spanned both Social Care and Health and the Housing sector, which gives her a sound understanding of Estuary’s business.

Director of Property Services - 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 Supported Housing and Care - Kathryn Bennett

Kathryn Bennett Kathryn Bennett joined Estuary Housing in March 2000.

Kathryn previously worked for Camden Society, where she managed services to people with learning disabilities in supported housing projects, registered care homes, an outreach service (along with specialised projects for people who challenge services) and older people.

She has also worked in the Health Service as both provider and purchaser for professions allied to medicine, community based services and on occasion works and estates. She has also worked in the area of strategic development and has a particular interest in quality development.

Brought up in Australia, she studied Speech and Language Therapy before moving to the UK.