Executive Team

Executive Team

James Francis

James Francis

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, James is responsible to the Board for the overall leadership, performance and direction of the organisation.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Larking Gowen, James has spent 13 years working in social housing and completed terms as Chair at Poringland Primary School and Framtastics Gymnastics Club.

James joined Saffron in May 2019 from Southern Housing Group, where he was a Board member and held Executive responsibility for Finance, IT, HR and Governance.

Iain Innes

Iain Innes

Executive Director of Finance and Development

Iain is responsible for Saffron’s Finance, Procurement, IT and Development. Iain qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 with Deloitte's London office, before gaining international experience in Toronto.

He has worked at Director level for over nine years and has experience of plcs, private companies and private equity backed businesses across a variety of industries.

Hannah Harvey

Hannah Harvey

Executive Director of Operations

Hannah is responsible for the operational management of Saffron which includes Housing Operations, Asset Management, Business Transformation, the Customer Contact Centre and our community alarm service company Contact Care.

Hannah has 19 years' experience across the public sector including positions in the police, social services and housing, undertaking roles such as a director at Hanover, a national housing association, as well as working for other locally-based housing associations.

Hannah is a Board member for Women in Social Housing (WISH) for the South East, which provides opportunities for networking, encouragement and support for women within the UK housing sector. She is also a Board member for Eastern Procurement.

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