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.
Jesse Fajemisin – Operations Director
Jesse joined Sapphire Independent Housing in 2018 and became Operations Director in November 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.
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 level 7 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.
Claudette Marcano – Finance Director
Claudette is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. She has over 20 years’ experience in Strategic and Corporate Finance. She began her career in the private sector, before moving to the public sector. She has also held senior finance positions at G15 housing associations, specialising in long-term financial planning and investment appraisal.
Claudette joined Sapphire Independent Housing as Finance Director in 2020.