Executive Leadership Team

Nick HorneNick Horne - Group Chief Executive

Nick is Chief Executive of Knightstone Housing Association. He joined Knightstone in February 1996 as Finance Director and was appointed Chief Executive in September 1998.

Nick is a member of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure & Place Group and a Committee Member of the Social Housing Pension Scheme.

Prior to 1996 Nick had successful private sector careers in property development, house building and construction with Norwest Holst and in the accounting profession with EY.



Selina White - Director of Planning and Resources

Selina joined Knightstone as Director of Resources in January 2016, leading the delivery of Finance, Treasury and IT services for the Group.

Selina joins us from the BNP Paribas banking group, where she was a senior director, responsible for UK Real Estate Finance. Prior to this Selina was Finance Director at Orbit Group Ltd, a national housing group.

Selina has over 20 years’ experience in finance leadership roles across commercial and residential property, retail banking and the media. She has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions, company integration, developing shared services, and treasury management.



David Greenhalgh - Director of Property Services

David has spent his entire career in the sector and has developed a breadth of experience working for a number of national and local housing associations.

With a degree in Housing, he joined Knightstone in 1993 and has worked across most of the disciplines since during his career with us.

With a real passion for property maintenance, he took over our repairs and compliance operation in 2009 and was appointed to the newly created Director of Property Services position in November 2016.



Sonia Furzland - Director of Landlord Services

Sonia started her housing career in 1984 providing support and advice to street homeless working for  a small charity. With a degree in Housing & Development she has held a number of roles in voluntary sector, local government and within Knightstone.

She has considerable experience of leading teams, transforming services and of developing productive partnerships to deliver great outcomes for residents.



Steve Blake - Interim Director of Development and Sales

Steve joined Knightstone as the Interim Director of Development and Home Ownership in November 2015. As well as overseeing the development of Knightstone’s new affordable homes programme, Steve oversees the Group’s HCA consortium, Keywest and also its commercial subsidiary, Arc Homes. 

Steve has previously worked for both developers and housing associations since starting his housing career in 1985. In 2012, Steve started a consultancy business which provides a wide range of innovative services to various housing clients.

Steve is also Chair of Elim Housing, a housing association which provides a range of general needs and supported housing services across Gloucestershire and the West of England.



Sarah Barrett - Director of Business Transformation

Sarah joined Knightstone in April 2017.

Sarah is a Business Transformation specialist with 20 years’ experience working with private and public sector organisations to drive growth, profit and competitive advantage.

Sarah has achieved major successes in aviation, tourism, hotels, corporate real estate and repairs and maintenance.

She believes in creating customer first cultures where internal and external customer experience is the catalyst for change and where digital excellence underpins the brand proposition and service offer.

Sarah chaired the Ports of Entry and Exit Welcome Board in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics and in 2016 Chaired the Liverpool Visitor Economy Network Board focussing on cementing Liverpool as the regions attack brand driving market share from domestic and international markets.



Mark Coates – Director of Supported Housing & Empowerment

Starting out as a solicitor before entering the music industry, Mark decided he wanted to use his skills to benefit people and community. He began working at DHI, a Bath-based social inclusion charity as an opportunity to immerse himself in the world of housing and support for vulnerable people. During this time, Mark was responsible for a range of housing and support services, and oversaw the launch of an award-winning social enterprise.

Mark joined Knightstone in April 2017 as the lead for our supported housing and empowerment services, heading up teams working with young people, vulnerable people affected by learning disabilities and men and women facing domestic abuse, to name a few. 

Mark now lives in Bristol, with his wife, two young children and two fat fluffy cats.