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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

The Executive team is made up of experienced individuals with extensive knowledge of the different elements of housing provision, management and social enterprise

Stephen Hills Operations Director CHS Group

Stephen Hills – Chief Executive

Stephen was appointed Chief Executive in January 2023 after becoming acting Chief Executive in December 2022. Stephen joined CHS as Operations Director in July 2018 and is an experienced housing professional, most recently as Director of Housing at South Cambridgeshire District Council. He has also been a housing consultant and a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam and Middlesex Universities.

Kathy Batey – Director of Corporate Services

Kathy is an experienced HR professional that has worked for CHS for 7 years and was appointed Director of Corporate Services in September 2023. Kathy has over 25 years’ experience of working in HR in local government and also has experience of leading other services such as facilities management, asset management, emergency planning and corporate health and safety.

Jonathan Birkert – Director of Finance

Jonathan was appointed Director of Finance in September 2023 after joining CHS in November 2021 as Head of Management Accounts & Service Charges. Jonathan is an experienced housing finance professional with over 19 years of experience working most recently at Cross Keys Homes. Jonathan has also worked in local government and the police and college sectors.

Andrew Church – Director of Communities

Andrew was appointed Director of Communities in September 2023. Andrew joined CHS in 1996 and previously held the position of Head of Community Investment and Community Support Services. Andrew has over 25 years experience of working in the social housing sector in Cambridgeshire and is well connected to the community and voluntary organisations within the county. He previously worked for the New Economics Foundation and United Nations Association.

Helen Tonks

Helen Tonks – Director of Customers

Helen is an experienced housing professional. Prior to joining CHS, Helen worked in housing and homelessness in the West Midlands and Cambridgeshire. In addition to responsibility for CHS’s housing management and customer service, Helen leads on customer engagement, complaint handling and domestic abuse.

Tina Warren – Director of Homes

Tina was appointed the Director of Homes in September 2023. Prior to joining CHS, in December 2022, Tina worked for a number of local authorities and registered social landlords, across Hertfordshire. Tina’s experience of working in housing maintenance setting spans two decades and includes delivering large scale investment programmes, contract procurement and landlords’ health and safety compliance.

Sue Knights – Company Secretary

Sue was appointed to the role of Company Secretary in 2023, having held the position of Business Performance and Risk Manager for a number of years. Sue has extensive experience in Governance related disciplines including Risk Management, Internal Audit, Performance Management, Compliance and Assurance. Previous roles have included working for the Civil Service, Local Government and the NHS.

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