Sapphire Independent Housing Executive Management Team

Heather Thomas – Chief Executive

Heather joined Sapphire in November 2016.

Heather has 20 years’ experience of working at a senior level with different registered providers. With experience of managing diverse housing tenures; she brings considerable experience and knowledge of the housing association sector. She also recently took over as Chair of Croydon Churches Housing Association in South London.

She is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has a Masters in Organisational Behaviour. She is also a guest lecturer to housing students at South Bank University. Heather also has considerable experience in transformation, customer service, cultural change, performance improvement and governance.

Email: Heather.Thomas@sih.org

Jesse Fajemisin – Director of Operations

Jesse joined Sapphire Independent Housing in 2018, and then joined the executive team in February 2019.

Jesse has over 10 years’ combined experience in housing, property and repairs and maintenance contract management. He has led services within the G15 and worked in the charity sector, so has a range of experiences across different tenures and contracts, including general needs, temporary housing, floating and accommodation-based support.

Email: Jesse.Fajemisin@sih.org

John McNiece – Finance Director

John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and joined Sapphire as Finance Director in September 2022 having worked in a number of Finance Director and Senior finance roles in Social housing since 2014. He draws on 20 years of senior finance experience from Telecommunications, Utilities and Charity sectors with significant exposure to financial and property management and development. His roles in Social Housing have drawn heavily on this experience in terms of transformation activities, strong financial management, financial planning and treasury improvements.

Email: John.McNiece@sih.org

Beverly Finn – Head of HR and Central Services

Beverly joined Sapphire Independent Housing in January 2009, having previously worked in the private sector in mainly executive management support and human resource management. Beverly has a CIPD L7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and is an Associate member of CIPD and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Since joining Sapphire Independent Housing, Beverly has focussed on organisational development, delivering a professional HR service and has taken the lead in the organisation’s communication and marketing strategy.

Email: Beverly.Finn@sih.org