Executive Management Team

South Essex Homes is led by the Executive Management Team (EMT) – made up of a Chief Executive, an Executive Director and four Assistant Directors.

Mike Gatrell - Chief Executive

Mike Gatrell - Chief Executive

Mike has been the Chief Executive for South Essex Homes since its launch back in October 2005.

Mike’s whole career has been in social housing and he is proud of the positive difference his team has been able to make to resident’s homes and lives since he began working in Southend.  In particular, he is especially delighted at the way tenants and residents now play such a major part in deciding what the priorities are for their housing service, compared to the position when he first started working at the Council.  

Mike says: “Continuing to provide the best services for the tenants and residents of Southend is the motivation for me and the whole South Essex Homes team.  Having grown up living in a Council flat, and having been a Council tenant myself, I know just how much difference the work we do can make to people’s lives.”

Mario Ambrose - Executive Director

Mario Ambrose - Executive Director

Mario had been with South Essex Homes since its inception and has been the Executive Director since 2009.

Before joining the Council in 1992 he worked in the private sector as a Building Services Engineer. His background is in engineering and construction management although he is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

As the Executive Director he is responsible for the housing and property services provided by South Essex Homes on behalf of the Council. In particular he is keen to ensure that residents homes are safe and secure and that the properties South Essex Homes manage for Southend Council comply with all the regulatory requirements and residents have a say in how their homes are managed.

Beverley Gallacher - Assistant Director

Beverley Gallacher - Assistant Director

Beverley has worked for South Essex Homes since its inception, working her way up through the organisation until she became Assistant Director in 2019.  

She now oversees South Essex Property Services (our subsidiary company) and all our commercial ventures.  She has previously held roles in Corporate Services and was Company Secretary.

Kevin Hazlewood - Assistant Director

Kevin Hazlewood - Assistant Director

Kevin joined the organisation as Assistant Director in February 2021.  He brought with him over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry having worked for several Local Authorities, Housing Associations and in the private sector. 

He now oversees the maintenance and management of the properties we look after.

Sarah Lander - Assistant Director

Sarah Lander - Assistant Director

Sarah has worked for South Essex Homes since the company was formed and has worked as part of several different teams on her way to becoming an Assistant Director back in 2019. 

She has previous experience managing teams in Tenancy, Resident Involvement and Corporate Services and now oversees the day to day delivery of our operational services.

Daniel Lyons - Assistant Director

Daniel Lyons - Assistant Director

Daniel has worked for South Essex Homes since 2006 when he joined our Finance team as a qualified Accountant. 

Having worked his way up the company, he joined our Executive Management Team as an Assistant Director in February 2021 and now oversees Finance & Corporate Resources, which ensures our business runs smoothly and monitors the money coming in and out of the company.