Our people

Working together to build Bristol’s future.

The team

Cllr Don Alexander

Non-Executive Director
Council Representative

Don has been councillor for Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston since May 2016. He was born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, and was persuaded by his Bristolian father to study at Bristol University in 1981. Don’s spent his working life in both social enterprise and development work in Lebanon, Sudan and Bristol. He has been based in Sea Mills, Bristol, since 1987.

Chris Arnold

Finance Director

Chris is a chartered accountant and brings his experience of operational, finance and change management to Goram Homes having previously held leadership roles at Orange UK, Alfa Laval Saunders and BAe. Prior to joining Goram Homes, he was director of resources for a housing association where he secured and won long term partnership contracts and doubled their operating size.

Stephen Baker

Managing Director

Stephen is Managing Director of Goram Homes, and joined in 2019.

He was previously director of investment at Alliance Homes Group, where he grew the new homes function tenfold and established two commercial trading subsidiaries. He has run his own business and worked for Architen, fabric structure specialists, on a range of high-profile projects including the Millennium Dome and the British Museum. Stephen was born in Bristol and he lives in the area with his family.

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Charlotte Brace

Senior Development Manager

Charlotte joined Goram Homes in July 2023 with a wealth of experience in housing development, local authority housing enabling, and as a consultant development project manager. Most recently, Charlotte was Head of Special Projects for a national housing association. She led the delivery of diverse and complex projects including joint ventures, community-led schemes, and innovative pilot projects, as well as problem solving on complex and stalled sites.

Sinéad Butters, MBE

Non-Executive Director

Sinéad is group chief executive of Aspire Housing, which also comprises Staffordshire’s largest apprenticeship provider PM Training and social regeneration charity Realise. As chair of national housing network, PlaceShapers, Sinéad has been instrumental in uniting members around shared values as a voice for change.In recent years, Sinéad has received an MBE for services to housing, two honorary doctorates for work supporting communities, and saw Aspire receive the Queens Award for Enterprise; a first for the housing sector.

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Liam Collins

Technical Assistant

Bristol born and bred, Liam joined the Goram Homes team in June 2023 from the Planning Inspectorate, where he spent seven years working in the appeals casework department. Liam undertook a variety of admin support roles during his time at the Planning Inspectorate, and spent a year working as a team manager.

Aman Dalvi, OBE - Chair of Goram Homes Board, Non-Executive Director

Aman Dalvi, OBE

Chair of Goram Homes Board, Non-Executive Director

Aman Dalvi OBE has over thirty years’ experience in housing and is currently a consultant advisor for two major developers. Prior to this, he was executive director for development & renewal at a London local authority; chief executive of a London housing association and chief executive of an economic development agency. Aman also worked for the Housing Corporation as assistant director of investment. He has served as chair of the Anchor Trust and PA Housing and on the boards of English Partnerships and the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

Mark Hallett

Non-Executive Director

Mark has been a development director and non-executive director for a variety of consultancies, developers, investors, and joint venture companies for over 30 years. His experience encompasses the full range of commercial, residential, retail and leisure projects with responsibility for identifying and unlocking value from major brownfield urban regeneration land holdings with a combined development value in excess of £2 billion. These projects have often been delivered in partnerships between and private sectors with a particular emphasis on socially responsible and sustainable investment.

Courtney Littlechild

Development Assistant

Courtney studied Architecture at the University of Portsmouth and practised as an Architectural Assistant for Chichester-based HNW Architects. During this time, she gained experience in the built environment industry through her involvement in projects across a range of sectors – in particular, residential and mixed-use developments.

Christiana Makariou

Development Director

Christiana is a development professional and a Chartered Town Planner with the Royal Town Planning Institute with a passion for successful placemaking. She is originally from Cyprus and moved to the UK in 2011. After graduating from UWE, Bristol and with a Masters in Planning and Property Development from Radboud University in the Netherlands, she gained experience in large-scale, mixed-use developments working on the masterplan and detailed design and delivery of Brabazon and the YTL Arena Complex, Bristol (the former Filton Airfield and one of the largest masterplanned developments in the UK).

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Andrew Martyn-Johns

Non-Executive Director and Chair of Goram Homes’ Audit and Risk Committee

Andrew is a chartered accountant and has lived in the Bristol area for almost 50 years. Since retiring from Deloitte, he has been a Non-Executive Board member of two housing associations. He is currently Chair of Community Housing Cymru, the trade body for Welsh housing associations, and is a co-opted member of Shelter’s Audit Committee. He has extensive experience of working with Audit Committees, both as a member and as an advisor, and is well versed in risk management and governance.

Vikki McCann-Rogers

Head of Communications

Vikki is a strategic communications professional and has worked across a range of sectors, from housing to healthcare, energy to education, including roles at Creative England, the University of Bristol and Homes England. Prior to a career in communications, Vikki spent a decade working in the TV industry producing factual programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. Vikki was born in the South West and has lived in Bristol for 20 years.

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Haseeb Rahman

Financial Controller

Haseeb is a chartered accountant and business intelligence (BI) developer, with a Master’s degree in business strategy. He trained as an auditor and held a technical position at the World Bank early in his career. In the last decade, Haseeb has held senior finance positions at Second Step housing association, the Centre for Dentistry Group and Independent Vetcare Ltd. His role at Independent Vetcare involved managing people and processes in an international environment to ensure compliance, and building BI models to support strategy design.

Hannah Ransom

Business Support Manager

Hannah has worked as an executive support for many regional and international companies within the construction industry, including Redrow Homes, Crest Nicholson, Pearce Construction, Pearce Group Architects, Interior Services Group and M+W Group, a Global high-tech EPC construction firm. More recently Hannah has worked for Handelsbanken a Swedish bank and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in business administration.

Elaine Olphert

Technical Director

Elaine joined us from Bristol City Council where she was Head of Housing Delivery. Elaine is passionate about housing and creating neighbourhoods that help people live healthy, sustainable lives. She is a chartered architect with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry on a wide range of projects, from urban extensions to community infrastructure; complex mixed-use, high-density developments to low-density, edge of settlement projects.

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All Rights Reserved | Registered in England and Wales No.11597204.