Management team

Our management team runs the business on behalf of our Board:


Jane Warnes - Managing Director

Jane joined Cotman in 1992 as a Housing Management Officer having previously worked in the Housing and Planning departments at Norwich City Council. She has since held the positions of Area Housing Manager, Operations Manager and Director of Neighbourhood and Support Services at the association. Jane was appointed to the position of Managing Director in April 2014.

Jane studied for the Chartered Institute of Housing's professional qualification at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

In 2011, Jane completed a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the Norwich Business School Prize for the best overall performance by an MBA student.


Lisa Clark - Assistant Accountant & Project Co-ordinator

Lisa joined Cotman in March 2014 as Assistant Accountant. She was subsequently appointed as the Project Co-ordinator for the Sport England project Make Your Move in July 2018 and continues to fulfill both roles. 

Lisa has worked in finance and accounting roles for 24 years -  22 years at Aviva and more recently Norfolk County Council. Responsibilities in a variety of roles have included credit control, expense management and reporting, finance planning and reporting, finance system user testing, governance of offshored finance processes and balance sheet reconciliation governance.

Lisa is part qualified Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a CIMA diploma in management accounting. She is also a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.


Kerry Diggens - Lettings Team Manager

Kerry joined Cotman in June 2000, covering maternity leave in the Finance Department,  she moved to the Allocations team in 2014, and following Cotman's restructure in January 2016, was appointed Lettings Team Manager. In her current role she specialises ensuring her team are making sustainable lettings, whilst keeping void costs and re-let times to a minimum. In Kerry's spare time she is a huge football fan and has a season ticket for her beloved Norwich City Football Club.  


Nicky Galwey-Woolston - Projects and Support Services Manager

Nicky joined Cotman in this role in September 2012. Nicky manages our sheltered housing services and Sport England projects.

Nicky has 22 years' experience of working in the housing sector, both for Local Authorities and Housing Associations. She has worked in front line housing management, housing strategy and has managed housing support teams. Nicky is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. 


Nigel Gardiner - Property and Compliance Manager

Nigel joined Cotman in 1999 as a Property Surveyor having previously spent 7 years in a similar role with another local housing association.

Nigel studied for and completed a BSc (Hons) Building Surveying Degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford in 2002.

Nigel undertook a Developing Manager Training Programme at the Roffey Park Institute in 2005 and was promoted to his current role in 2006.


Amanda Parnell - Housing Operations Manager

Amanda joined Cotman Housing Association in July 2006 as the Senior Customer Services Officer, having previously worked for a local authority via a contractor as a tenant liaison officer, and with a long history in customer services. Amanda was appointed Housing Operations Manager in August 2018. Amanda is currently a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Eastern Regional Board, and she has previously been a trustee for Norwich & Central Norfolk MIND.

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