Victor da Cunha, Chief Executive of Curo
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Our Executive Directors
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 27th 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 25,000 new homes between 2021 and 2026. Vic is also is also Chair of Local Space Housing Association – which provides high quality temporary housing for homeless families in East London. He also sits on the National Housing Federation's Diversity, Equalities & Inclusion group and is an active member of the Bath Chamber of Commerce where he sits on the economic development sub-committee.
Julie Evans - Executive Director of Property Services
Julie was appointed Executive Director of 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
Get in touch with Tom about any technology-related queries including Curo's IT and communication systems.
Harriet Bosnell - Managing Director of Curo Choice
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
Get in touch with Rebecca with any media enquiries or questions about our website, social media, planning consultations, or any other communications matters.
Simon Collins - Construction Director
Simon's teams manage the construction process of new Curo homes, making sure our homes are built safely and to a high standard, and meet building regulations, planning conditions, the requirement of our funders/lenders and all our landlord responsibilities.
Ian Couzens - Commercial Director
Get in touch with Ian with any questions or queries about Curo Enterprise procurement, financial management and site appraisals.
Chris Cox - Director of Commercial Property
Chris leads our Commercial Services team which manages all Curo’s leasehold properties and garages as well as commercial properties like shops and all our market rent lettings.
Mike Grist - Director of Property and Regeneration
Get in touch with Mike if you want to talk about Curo's approach to property safety and regeneration.
Katy Gullon - Director of Governance
Get in touch with Katy about anything governance-related – including Curo's Board and its committees, risk and business assurance, fraud and other reportable events, whistleblowing and data protection.
Get in touch with Lesley about the many ways customers can reach us. Curo's Customer Contact team, open from 8-8 Monday to Friday, is the first point of contact for all customers and aims to answer most customer enquiries right away.
Lisa Howells - Director of Sales
Get in touch with Lisa for sales and marketing enquiries about all home and asset sales.
Jane Jones - Director of People
Get in touch with Jane with any colleague enquiries or questions about our recruitment, fantastic benefits, being a great place to work, colleague health and safety, or any other people matters.
Matt Jones - Director of Insight and Change
Matt's teams help Curo to improve our services and processes to deliver the best outcomes for our customers. They gather and analyse information about our performance and customer feedback to help Curo continually improve. They help to resolve and learn from complaints and work with our customers through resident involvement.
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.
Carl McMurtry - Director of Estates Services
Contact Carl to talk about any aspects of Curo’s estates services, including cleaning and grounds maintenance. Carl's teams work with our communities to ensure our neighbourhoods and well-kept, clean and tidy.
Dan Owen - Director of Reactive Repairs
Our Response team provides a comprehensive repairs, maintenance and safety service to customers, with in-house trades expertise including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, groundworks, gas and other specialist works.
Emma Owens - Director of Accounts and Lettings
Our Customer Accounts team collects Curo’s rental income and helps customers to sustain successful tenancies through friendly and expert money advice and support. Our Lettings team manages the lettings process for our properties, preparing homes to be re-let and successfully letting to new tenants, ensuring the right tenant has the right home at the right time.
Sarah Seeger - Director of Policy
Ian Sheppard - Director of Financial Services
Responsible for financial reporting and analysis, performance management, rent and service charge setting, and co-ordinating payments to colleagues and suppliers.
Stuart Smith - Technical Director
Stuart is involved in the property development process from the land buying stage through
to construction. His teams are responsible for securing detailed planning consent for all our new sites.
Andrew Snee - Director of Tenancy Compliance & Management
Our Tenancy Compliance team works to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and ensure all our customers can feel safe and well in their homes. Tenancy Management helps customers get their tenancies off to a great start and provides continuing support.
Matt Steele - Director of Asset Management and Procurement
Get in touch with Matt about anything related to asset management (how we look after, improve and invest in our existing homes) and the procurement of goods, services and works.