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.
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.
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.
Tim Knowles, Vice-Chair 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.
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.
Stuart Davey, Board Member
As a Solicitor, Stuart acted for the Staverton social/affordable housing arm of Westbury Homes where he became involved in setting up small rural and larger estate housing schemes in conjunction with Housing Associations and Local authorities. He moved from this area of work with a view to further developing as a property lawyer and over the past 12 years has gained expertise in commercial acquisition, disposals, funding and portfolio management.
“I recognise the importance of the provision of sustainable social and affordable housing within the housing market especially in an area such as the Cotswolds where affordability and availability is a real issue. Rural affordable housing also provides a means of sustaining rural communities and facilities in an area where a lot of housing is taken as second homes.”
Nicola Miller, Board and Audit Committee Member
Nicola is a qualified risk management practitioner with 10 years’ experience in the social housing sector. She has detailed understanding of the registered provider regulatory and legislative environment and specialises in data protection and anti-money laundering compliance.
Her previous background and experience in finance and facilities management has been valuable in her voluntary role as a director of a resident’s management company and she is also a member of the shadow board of the new primary school, opened locally to her in 2018.
Graham Davies, Board Member
Dr Davies retired from a professional services career in banking a number of years ago and set up a property portfolio. Graham has a valuable array of professional experience, academic achievements and a desire to work with a housing association that he brings to Cirencester Housing.
This desire was borne from his becoming involved with the Chapter 1 Charity in Cheltenham whilst looking to develop a portfolio of financially viable rental units. He was particularly drawn to working with Chapter 1 because of their commitment to helping some of the most vulnerable members of the community to get back on their feet and in a position to move forward with their lives through the provision of housing. “What I particularly appreciated […] was this pragmatic mix of working towards a societal good whilst at the same time recognising this has to be done on sound financials.”
Maureen Margrie, Board Member and CEO
Maureen was appointed to the Board of Cirencester Housing during August 2018.
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.