Our Executive Team


Sara Thakkar

Sara Thakkar

Chief Executive

Sara joined Colne as Chief Executive in February 2015. She has worked in housing for most of her career. Sara has previously held chief executive roles at Wandle and Rosebery Housing Associations. She has been chair of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS), Chair of the Local Strategic Partnership in Surrey and Chair of the London Committee for National Housing Federation.

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Kathryn Price

Kathryn Price

Interim Resources Director

Kathryn joined Colne Housing as Interim Resources Director in April 2015. After over 20 years in the commercial sector, she has worked in senior finance roles in housing for over ten years, spending the majority of that time in interim roles helping organisations develop to meet their strategic goals.

Kathryn is a qualified coach and has a particular interest in developing financial and people capability in the orgainsations she works with.

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Martin Buddery

Martin Buddery

Operations Director

Martin joined Colne in December 1998. He has worked within the social housing sector since 1987, in a variety of roles for a number of local authorities.  He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Studies from Bristol University in 1992, and in 2013 was awarded a Leadership in Housing post graduate certificate by Lancaster University. Martin has lead Colne through significant growth, in particular Colne’s increasing profile in becoming a key placeshaper in its local area. More recently he has also lead change in shaping Colne’s pro-active response to supporting its tenants through developing its neighbourhood and supported housing roles.

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Meet the Non Executive Team


Tim Young

Tim Young

Chair

Tim has been Chair since September 2012. He has long been a champion of affordable housing, and was previously Chair of an arms length management organisation. Amongst his many roles, he is a local councillor, portfolio holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Culture, a non executive director of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and member of the Essex Police and Crime panel. Tim sits on the Appointments and Remuneration Committee and is our Board Champion for governance and public relations.

Carol Wilkinson

Carol Wilkinson

Vice Chair

Carol is a self-employed Business Consultant, applying experience gained as a senior manager within corporate organisations engaged in engineering and manufacturing. She was Chair of Coggeshall Friends of Cancer Research UK, fundraising for the worthwhile cause. Carol sits on the Appointments and Remuneration Committee and is our Board Champion for development, ICT and efficiency / value for money. Carol also represents Colne on the Iceni Homes' board.

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews

Michael joined the board in 2006. He is a retired Company Director, Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, Member of Service Monitoring Group, Mental Health Act Manager and Chair of Governors at Market Field School.

Michael has a particular interest in the welfare of people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. Michael sits on the Audit Committee and is our Board Champion for finance and treasury management.

Stephen Beresky

Stephen Beresky

Stephen joined the board in 2013. He began his career in engineering before switching to corporate commerce, specialising in change management, latterly as a senior executive in the Banking and Financial Services sector. Stephen has served several healthcare organisations and has a number of voluntary roles. He is Chair of Colchester Institute's Career Academy. Stephen chairs our Audit Committee and is our Board Champion for business development and health and safety.

Alan Collard

Alan Collard

Alan joined the board in 2014. He comes from a banking and finance background, having worked most recently as Managing Director of JP Morgan Clark and Head of the Institutional Banking Group, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He is now a self-employed consultant, parish councillor and treasurer of a community benefit company. Alan sits on the Audit Committee and is our Board Champion for finance and treasury management.

Andrew Crayston

Andrew Crayston

Andrew joined the board in 2006.

He is Senior Partner in Fenn Wright Estate Agents and Surveyors.

Andrews sits on the Audit Committee and is our Board Champion for asset management, maintenance and sustainability.

Julie Hoy

Julie Hoy

Julie joined the board in 2013. A Partner at Fisher Jones Greenwood, she qualified as a commercial property solicitor in 2005 and deals with residential and commercial freehold and leasehold transactions. Julie has particular expertise in property development and construction agreements. She has acted for registered social landlords dealing with their site acquisition and development agreements, shared ownership schemes and section 106 agreements. Julie sits on the Audit Committee and is our Board Champion for welfare reform and community development.

Alison Inman

Alison Inman

Alison Inman is a prominent member of the affordable housing community. She is a governing board member for the CiH, the professional body for housing.

She is also the Vice Chair of TPAS, the national tenant empowerment organisation, and was previously Chair of Colchester Borough Homes. She is also a magistrate and school governor. Alison sits on the Appointments and Remuneration Committee and is our Board Champion for housing management.

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