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Nicholas Harris

Nicholas became Stonewater’s CEO in 2016, having been CEO of Raglan Housing Association since January 2010. Previous to this, he held the CEO position at Raven Housing Trust for seven years and Group Operations Directors for the Swaythling Housing Group for seven years. He has extensive experience in both the social housing sector and local authorities and considerable knowledge in socio-economic regeneration matters.

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Sue Shirt
Executive Director - Customer Experience

Sue is Stonewater’s Executive Director for Customer Experience; she has 29 years of housing experience, operating at an executive level in a range of organisations for the last 16 years. Her focus is always to ensure that the customer remains central to decision making. Sue was part of the team which created Stonewater, focusing in particular on the development of customer-facing services and tenant scrutiny. Prior to this, her roles included housing consultant for a range of organisations, Managing Director and Operations Director for an LSVT and as Head of Service, leading the transformation of an underperforming district council housing service into an above average authority and the regeneration of a former coal field area. She is a graduate in Economics, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. Sue is regional board member for the Chartered Institute of Housing and a trustee for a domestic violence charity.

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Patrick Chauvin
Executive Director - Assets

Patrick is a highly experienced property and asset management professional. He has held senior management positions across a range of disciplines within the Housing sector, including Director of Asset Services at Amicus Horizon and Head of Strategic Portfolio at Circle.

He’s a qualified Building Surveyor with extensive experience in housing and construction. His career began in the private practice, working for high profile clients on construction projects. From there he moved into the housing sector, working on City Challenge in Newham. He then held a number of senior positions within Home Group, one of the largest housing associations in the UK. From there he moved to Amicus Horizon and was part of the Executive Management Team that transformed it into one of the highest performing organisations. He was then appointed to a senior position within Circle Housing as Head of Strategic Portfolio and was subsequently appointed Head of Neighbourhood Planning for Clarion Housing Group, the largest Housing Association in the UK.

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John Bruton
Executive Director - Finance

Before the formation of Stonewater John had been Director of Finance at Raglan since 2001. Previously he was Financial Controller at Metropolitan Housing Partnership and did audit and advisory work at KPMG. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a postgraduate degree in mathematics.

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David Blower
Executive Director - Corporate Services

David has worked in the industry since 1993, in a number of senior finance roles before taking up this position in 2015. David is responsible for Stonewater's IT and HR services, together with strategic planning and performance monitoring, risk management, governance, assurance, innovation, and communications. He drives transformation in these areas to deliver the Group's ambitions. David is a chartered certified accountant and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

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Jonathan Layzell
Executive Director - Development

Jonathan Layzell is Stonewater’s Executive Director for Development. Jonathan has an extensive background in delivering new homes with a Particular personal interest in rural housing and the long term sustainability of rural communities. Jonathan is also interested in how Registered Providers can use investment in new homes to support the growth of the construction sector as well as the wider economy. Stonewater’s development programme is strong and ambitious and is among the largest in the sector. Jonathan is responsible for the strategic delivery of Stonewater’s housing development programmes including the implementation of innovative affordable rental and shared ownership schemes.