Sapphire Independent Housing Executive Management Team

Heather Thomas – Chief Executive

Heather is a housing professional with 18 years’ experience at a senior level in housing associations.

Heather joined Sapphire in November 2016.

She has substantial experience of managing diverse housing tenures including general needs housing, supported housing, shared ownership, retirement housing, student and key worker housing. Heather also has considerable experience in transformation, customer service, cultural change, performance improvement and governance.

Heather is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has a Masters in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Email: Heather.Thomas@sih.org

Harry Draycott – Finance Director

Harry has more than over 30 years experience of financial and general management in the industrial, service and third sectors. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

He joined Sapphire Independent Housing as Finance Director in 2010.

Email: Harry.Draycott@sih.org

Jesse Fajemisin – Head of Operations

Jesse joined Sapphire Independent Housing in 2018 and became Head of Operations 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

Beverly Finn – HR and Governance Manager

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.

Email: Beverly.Finn@sih.org