Senior Management Structure

This chart shows a graphical representation of the Estuary Housing senior management structure as outlined in text below

Executive Team Profiles

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.

Management Team Profiles

Management Team Profiles

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 - Tom Shewry

Tom Shewry Director of Development

Tom Shewry joined Estuary in July 2017 as interim Development Director. Tom has a Masters Degree in Construction Project Management.

Tom has a wide range of experience covering land acquisition, New Build Development and Estate Regeneration. Tom is the lead on a number of large strategic sites across Essex and the London Boroughs.  He spent approximately 9 years at Swan Housing Association where he was responsible for the delivery of one of the recent phases of the Craylands Estate in Basildon and the delivery of the Old Church Park scheme in Romford, consisting of 376 residential homes.

In 2015 Tom then moved to work for Notting Hill Housing Association, where he was responsible for a number of large development sites in North and West London for both Affordable Rent, Shared Ownership, Market Rent and Private Sale.


Interim Director of Finance - Grant Shipley

Grant Shipley - Interim Director of Finance Grant Shipley joined Estuary Housing in February 2018

Grant has 25 years senior management experience in the social housing sector, having served as a Finance and Resources Director with a number of housing providers on both a permanent and interim basis.



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 - 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.