Staff Team & Board Members

Staff Team

Maureen Margrie, Chief Executive

Since joining the organisation in 2016 Maureen has fully embraced the purpose of Cirencester Housing to provide affordable housing for local people, working towards increasing our impact as a small housing association. She has used her commercial, financial and charity management experience to lead the organisation in delivering improved value for money and preparing us for growth. Maureen is passionate about working with local community groups, rural and village communities to deliver housing that helps sustain and grow communities. Alongside her role at Cirencester Housing, Maureen also volunteers as trustee for the Smallwood Trust working towards the elimination of poverty for women in the UK. In her spare time, she is a supporter of Gloucester Rugby and enjoys yoga, golf, cycling and cooking.

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Jane Byett, Operations Manager

Jane has primary responsibility for all aspects of our day-to-day operations and repairs and maintenance. Jane has worked in the housing sector for over 17 years with specific experience with small housing providers that pride themselves on excellent customer service.

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Tom Coggins, Housing Officer

Tom is an experienced housing officer focusing on delivering a positive customer experience to Cirencester Housing tenants and local communities.  He started his housing career working for a Homeless Charity, covering Bristol and Gloucestershire. It was working within this homelessness role that opened his eyes to the housing crisis and further fuelled his desire to help people sustain their tenancies. Encouraging individuals to engage with each other, thus allowing residents to thrive within their community is very important to Tom. To further achieve this, Tom is currently undertaking a Degree in Housing through Plymouth University.

Our Board

Cirencester Housing is governed by a Board which operates under the code of guidance from the National Housing Federation and consists of voluntary members who have experience in a wide range of expertise. The Board meets six times a year and plays a crucial part in the strategic and governance oversight of the organisation. 

Sandra Price, Chair

Sandy joined the Board of Cirencester Housing in 2011, and has been Chair since 2014. Her interest in housing began during her work as a community nurse when she realised just how important is housing to personal health and well-being. Sandy was a Cotswold District Councillor for 16 years and is now an Alderman. Sandy has previously served as a trustee and Chair of Cirencester Housing for Young People for many years. She works part time as a medical practice administrator and is an almshouse trustee.

Paul Babbage, Board Member and Audit Committee Chair

Paul originally comes from Gloucestershire and now lives in Cirencester. He has a background in construction and civil engineering with a particular knowledge of Health and Safety. Paul Chairs our Audit Committee.

Tim Knowles, Board and Audit Committee Member

Tim is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants with over 15 years experience across a wide range of businesses. He gained valuable experience as a Trustee at a small children’s charity in Bristol acting as their Treasurer for over 10 years. Tim is currently Finance and Commercial Director of a local business and and is able to offer his experience, beyond finance, in a number of areas including strategy, project management, HR and business development. During his spare time, Tim is kept busy by his young children and he also enjoys gardening and DIY.

Richard Cooke, Board Member

Richard has over 15 years senior management experience of working within the social care, special education and mental health sectors both in the UK and globally. His experience spans working with established independent providers and also establishing his own consultancy. Currently holding the post of Group Commercial Director, and a member of the main board of Outcomes First Group. His main focus has been on strategic development and growth. Richard is a keen golfer and triathlete and has two young daughters who keep him busy.

Juzer Esmailji, Board Co-Optee and Audit Committee Member

Juzer is an assurance and internal audit consultant based in Stroud an has volunteered with Cirencester Housing since 2014. Juzer has expertise in risk management, governance, ICT control frameworks and a strong understanding of the issues facing social housing tenants from time working for Cotswold, Cheltenham and West Oxfordshire District Councils. Outside interests include cycling, cricket and travelling.

Our President

Lord Bathurst

Lord Bathurst was Educated at Wye College, London University and the Royal Agricultural College. After working as a land agent with Smiths Gore, returned to Cirencester to run the farm on the Bathurst Estate in 1987. Following in his father’s footsteps, Lord Bathurst was elected to the Board of Cirencester Housing in 1991 bringing local knowledge and balance of experience and housing practices within the private sector. Lord Bathurst is also a Trustee on the St. Lawrence Hospital Charity.