Victor da Cunha, Chief Executive of Curo
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Victor da Cunha - Chief Executive
Vic joined the business in 2011, the Board of Curo Enterprise in June 2012 and the Combined Board in November 2016. His initial focus was on integrating three housing associations into one, bringing together our culture, governance and strategy. From these foundations, Curo was formed in 2013 as a re-energised commercially-savvy business with a strong social purpose.
Today Curo has more than doubled its turnover and has a pipeline of over 2,700 new homes in development. It has established itself as an ambitious business with a regional and national reputation for innovation. Under Vic’s leadership, Curo has become an Investors In People ‘Gold' employer, has been ranked 36th Best 100 Not for Profit Company to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times and has won many awards for our services and our new homes and regeneration activities.
Vic is Chair of Homes for the South West - a collaboration between housing associations working together to increase affordable housing supply in our region. Together these organisations can deliver 16,000 new homes between 2019 and 2024.
Vic sits on the National Housing Federation's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion group which is looking at how we further improve the sector's approach to equalities, inclusion and diversity; he is active on the Bath Chamber of Commerce where he sits on the economic development sub-committee; and is Chair-Elect of Local Space Housing Association in East London.
In 2019, Vic won Business Insider South West Property Personality of the year and the Vistage Life Time Achievement Award.
Julie was appointed Executive Director or Property Services in 2019, having previously held a number of directorships with Curo since joining in 2006 when the business was called Somer Housing Group. Julie’s prior roles within the Group have included Director of Tenancy Services, Director of Customer Services, Director of Neighbourhood Services and, most recently, Director of Asset Management.
Julie is a career housing professional with over 30 years’ experience in both English and Welsh housing sectors, starting her career as a trainee housing manager in 1988. She brings a proven track record of success in operational, strategic and transformational leadership roles in addition to seven years’ experience of strategic direction-setting and change implementation as a non-executive director of a Bristol community housing provider, United Communities.
Julie represents Curo on a number of strategic bodies in Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset, and was the first housing association-representative to sit as a core member of an adult safeguarding board in the South West.
Simon Gibbs - Executive Director of Finance & Strategy
Simon brings a wealth of commercial experience to Curo. He began his career as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, before joining Rothschild where he spent five years in the UK and in Singapore. He went on to become Chief Executive of Gieves Group plc where he led the demerger and flotation of the media group, Chivers Communications plc, followed by the sale of the company to BBC Worldwide.
He was commissioned to create a new digital video business for the BBC and became Managing Director of BBC Motion Gallery before joining T3 Media Inc in the USA to create an online international video licensing operation.
Simon joined Curo in November 2013 and has since led Curo’s fund-raising activities and business transformation programme resulting in substantial improvements in performance. He has also been heavily involved in establishing Curo’s commercial house-builder business.
Paul Harris - Executive Director of Customer Experience
Paul joined Curo in 2017 from Acorn Group, an African property management company where he was VP Corporate Affairs. Prior to that he spent five years as Group Director Customer Experience at Unite Students Group where he implemented a highly successful customer digital programme. This was preceded by roles at the South West Regional Development Agency, Laing O’Rourke Group and Royal Mail.
Our Service Directors
Tom Battersby - Director of ICT
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Harriet Bosnell - Director of Health, Care and Support
Contact Harriet if you wish to build a strategic partnership with us in relation to independent living, older people, homelessness, employability or health, or if you'd like to be part of our customer group and are living in supported or sheltered housing.
Rebecca Chapman - Director of Communications
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Ian Couzens - Commercial Director (Curo Enterprise)
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Katy Gullon - Director of Governance
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Mike Grist - Director of Regeneration
Get in touch with Mike if you want to talk about Curo's approach to physical, social and economic regeneration including Foxhill in Bath.
Lisa Howells - Sales Director (Curo Enterprise)
Get in touch with Lisa for sales and marketing enquiries about all home and asset sales.
Jane Jones - Director of People
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Sarah Maylor - Deputy Managing Director of Curo’s house-building business
Get in touch with Sarah about our commercial development schemes and affordable housing programme, including land-buying, planning, design and Section 106 opportunities.
Ian McLeod - Finance Director Curo Enterprise, Director of Treasury
Get in touch with Ian about treasury, financial planning, insurance and development finance.
Sarah Seeger - Director of Tenancy Services
Ian Sheppard - Director of Financial Services
Responsible for financial reporting & analysis, performance management, rent and service charge setting, and co-ordinating payments to colleagues and suppliers.