Our Executive Management Team

Richard Woolley
Chief Executive

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the housing sector, gained with both Large Scale Voluntary Transfers (LSVTs) and traditional housing associations.

Christine Duggan
Director of Housing and Wellbeing

Christine has worked in the social housing sector in Herefordshire for over 15 years. She has experience across all parts of the business having previously led amongst others; homelessness and floating support, business improvement, and neighbourhood services.

Andrew Cooke
Director of Resources

Andrew is the newest member to join our Executive Team. Andrew brings with him vast previous experience within the sector, including being the Executive Director of a midlands based housing, care and support organisation. 



Victoria Tomlinson
Director of Development

Victoria has over 15 years’ experience of strategic and operational development delivery. She's held a number of senior development positions at housing associations across the country and also has experience in asset management, housing management and the creative sector.

Our Board Members

John Barker

John is an experienced non-executive director, chair and chief executive with wide experience in several successful housing associations. He was previously Chief Executive and a Board Member at Moat Homes from 1989 to 2008 and was one of the founder members of the South East England Regional Assembly and a Board and Committee member at the National Federation.

Andrew Taylor
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Andrew operates as an independent consultant primarily specialising in the social housing sector. He is a qualified member of CIPFA, with significant experience in all areas of Risk, corporate governance, and stakeholder management. Andrew has experience in compliance controls, IDA preparation and key issues of relevance from a regulatory standpoint.

Allison Taylor
Chair of Remuneration and HR Committee

Allison has many years’ experience at a senior level with a particular emphasis on people management and helping organisations create a climate to enable people to work at their best.  Allison runs her own consultancy offering leadership development and executive coaching.

David Lincoln

David has previously worked in the gas and electricity industries, in roles ranging from operational to business and systems development and change management.  David is also a volunteer adviser with Herefordshire Citizens Advice Bureau.

Andrew Battrum

Andrew was the Finance Director of Bromford Housing Group, for 13 years retiring in 2016. In addition to his Financial Management and treasury expertise, he brings strong analytical skills and an ability to move easily between bigger picture and detailed thinking. He has experienced different ways of working at Bromford, which has broadened his thinking both in terms of organisational and Board operations.

Simon Gibbs

Simon has over 25 years of Board experience as a CEO/MD of both public and private companies across several sectors including property, retail, and media. He is a Chartered Accountant and has in-depth experience of treasury management and property development. Simon brings to Connexus a blend of commercial expertise within the housebuilding sector and an understanding of the social housing sector.

Paul Smith

Paul is the Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council and a member of the Advisory Panel for the Housing Ombudsman. Paul has also served as the Chief Executive of two national charities, the Furniture Re-use Network and Housing Potential (the skills agency for housing).

John Cross

John has extensive senior-level experience leading on the development of new affordable homes and has worked as a highly successful Chief Executive for a number of organisations including BPHA. He previously served as Chair of the National Housing Federation for 3 years.

Maggie Punyer

As a lead director with Ocean Media, Maggie has a good grasp of the key issues affecting the sector. She has gained further insight through many governance roles, notably in her current capacity as a NED on the Board of Accent. With a good appreciation of regulation, risk, culture and governance control, Maggie also has a commercial background providing the strategic leadership needed at a governance level by Connexus.

Abigail Reilly

Abigail comes from a military background and has 15 years’ experience at senior management level within Social Housing. This includes three years as Executive Director responsible for a wide portfolio including Organisational Development, HR, Governance, ICT, Communications, Project Management, Facilities, Fleet Management and Corporate Strategy, Performance and Planning.