Executive Team

This team is responsible for running The Guinness Partnership. They head up the major areas in the organisation, like customer services and property services.

Catriona Simmons, Chief ExecutiveCatriona Simons, Group Chief Executive

Email Catriona: catriona.simons@guinness.org.uk
Catriona is the Group Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership and also an Executive Board Member. Before being appointed Chief Executive in 2015, Catriona had been Deputy Chief Executive since joining Guinness in December 2009. Prior to this, Catriona was Group Finance Director at Peabody. She started her career at Ernst & Young. She has been a Board Member of a number of housing associations.

PhilDPhil Day, Group Finance Director

Email Phil: phil.day@guinness.org.uk
Phil is a qualified chartered accountant who has worked in the housing sector for 15 years. Phil is also currently the Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee at North Hertfordshire Homes where he has been an independent Board Member since 2009. And he has recently been appointed as a member of the National Housing Federation’s Finance Policy Advisory Group (FPAG).

Peter Hedderly, Interim Executive Director of BusinessPeter Hedderly, Executive Director of Corporate Services

Email Peter: peter.hedderly@guinness.org.uk
Peter joined Guinness in September 2010 as Director of Integration and has led a number of large-scale change programmes. Prior to this, Peter was the Assistant Director of Procurement and Value for Money at Peabody and led procurement teams and programmes at the London Borough of Barnet and Tube Lines.

Ian Joynson, Executive Director of Asset ManagementIan Joynson, Executive Director of Asset Management

Email Ian: ian.joynson@guinness.org.uk
Ian joined Guinness in September 2014 and is responsible for asset management, including asset strategy and compliance, responsive and planned maintenance, and health and safety. He is a qualified accountant and prior to joining Guinness, spent a number of years with KPMG, working with housing associations across the country. During this time Ian was seconded to the role of Interim Finance Director at Wandle.  Ian started his career at the Housing Corporation.

Jon Milburn, Group Development DirectorJon Milburn, Group Development Director

Email Jon: jon.milburn@guinness.org.uk
Jon joined Guinness in 2011 and leads Guinness’s programme of building new homes and estate regeneration. Prior to this, he held a number of property development and project management roles across the private and voluntary sectors, including Group Development Director at Horizon.  Jon was a Board member of Rosebery HA until September 2016.

Sarah Thomas, Executive Director of Customer ServicesSarah Thomas, Executive Director of Customer Services

Email Sarah: sarah.thomas@guinness.org.uk
Sarah joined Guinness in January 2016. She was previously Director of Customer Services at RHP and prior to that Head of Customer Service at Eurostar, where she led a Europe-wide change programme to deliver service and operational excellence.


Paul Watson, Managing Director of Guinness Care and SupportPaul Watson MBE, Managing Director, Guinness Care

Email Paul: paul.watson@guinness.org.uk
Paul joined Guinness in 2007 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the housing and care sectors. He has been a member of the HCA Advisory Group on Older and Vulnerable People and between 2003 and 2005 he advised the Department of Health on policies for older people and people with learning disabilities. He received an MBE for his work as Chief Executive of a homelessness organisation.