Executive 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 and 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. He has responsibilities for Finance, Procurement, Technology and People and Change. He 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.

Starting his career in 2000 in Insurance and Financial Services, Michael moved 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 Governance and Corporate Assurance - Jeremy Jacobs

Jeremy Jacobs Jeremy joined Estuary in January 2022 as Director of Governance and Corporate Assurance.

With a doctorate in Public Policy, Jeremy briefly worked as an academic at the University of Birmingham researching youth policy and social exclusion. In addition to this, he has held numerous roles in the housing and homelessness sectors, including managing a supported housing project for young homeless people in Essex and several roles in strategy, policy and corporate governance at manager, head of service and director level. Jeremy is passionate about effecting real change in local communities and embedding the highest standards of governance in housing.

Interim Director of Built Environment - Keith Carter

Keith Carter Keith is a property professional who has worked in social housing for over 30 years. 

He is an experienced Executive Director having previously covered this role at East Thames, Peabody Trust and Homes for Haringey. He has predominantly worked as a consultant since 2004, covering a range of roles and property related issues.

Keith joined Estuary in 2015 and worked for several months as the Interim Property Director. He has subsequently provided consultancy support on a range of issues and has managed the development programme for the last three years.