We’d like to introduce ourselves to you…

We wear lots of different hats 


Sean1Sean Stafford – Director

Sean has been working as a property professional since 1990 during which time he has established a proven track record of expertise in housing, education and care related projects.

Sean qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1999 and is a proud member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with his specialism being in valuation.

In recent years Sean was Director of Development at a large housing provider where he oversaw the delivery of 1,000 new homes.

Sean offers specialist expertise in:-

  • Scheme project management.
  • Financial appraisals.
  • Valuations.
  • Resident engagement.
  • Asset management.


Mark1Mark Edwards – Head of Development

Mark has worked in housing since leaving university in 2008. Most recently he worked for Symphony Housing Group for 3 ½ years in their development team as Senior Project Manager.

Mark has knowledge and experience in delivering ECO & Passiv-Haus projects, including the first Association for Environment and Conscious Building (AECB) Silver Standard project delivered for a Registered Provider in the United Kingdom.  Mark also has significant experience of developing Empty Homes strategies and delivering Empty Homes projects.

Mark has a project management certification from the Association of Project Management (APM).

His experience & expertise include:

  • Scheme Project management
  • Programme management
  • Design Development
  • Risk Management
  • Initiating development processes and procedures
  • Undertaking feasibility studies
  • Producing financial appraisals
  • Managing budgets
  • Undertaking option appraisals
  • Working through HCA policy and procedures, included IMS processing
  • ECO / Passiv-haus Scheme Project Management
  • Empty Property Scheme Project Manager


Louise1Louise Marsden – Housing Development Manager

Louise has worked in the housing sector since leaving university, initially as part of the Housing Management Team at the Guinness Trust.  Louise became part of the Development Team at Symphony Housing Group from 2007 onwards and carried out the role of Senior Project Manager from 2009.  She then took a ‘break’ from the housing industry in 2015/16 to run a B&B in Blackpool!

Louise joined the Saffer Cooper Team in November 2016 and has been working closely with the JV North partners to deliver the consortium’s £100m Homes & Communities Agency programmes.

Outside of work, Louise is kept busy with her 3 children!  She also has a keen interest in history, enjoys reading and plays for a Brass Band.

Louise skills and experience include:

  • Programme Management
  • HCA policy & procedure (including IMS)
  • Scheme Project Management
  • Supported Housing
  • Master-planning
  • Auditing / Financial Appraisals


Julie1Julie Gagan – Housing Programme Manager

Julie Gagan joined Saffer Cooper in 2011 after 30 years at the Homes & Communities Agency (previously the Housing Corporation).  Julie is calm and level headed. She has experience and understanding of HCA procedures and works on assisting clients in their grant funding processes.  This includes loading the schemes onto the Investment Management System (IMS).  Julie also provides IMS training and support to our clients.
Julie enjoys shopping, crosswords and travelling to warm destinations.


Linda1Lynda Carr – Housing Programme Manager

Lynda Carr joined Saffer Cooper in 2012 after 23 years at the Homes & Communities Agency (previously the Housing Corporation).  Lynda has experience of HCA procedures and works with assisting clients in grant funding processes.
Lynda enjoys crosswords, walking in the Cheshire countryside and is a keen historian.


Danielle1Danielle Pearce – Office Manager

Danielle joined Saffer Cooper in late 2017 following 11 years within the social housing sector as a Personal Assistant to an Executive Team.  Within Danielle’s previous role she expressed an interest to work with the ‘technical’ teams and gained experience of Empty Property Work, Contractor Liaison and Quality Assurance and was also a member of a steering group for Extra Care Development.

Danielle loves to be organised and this is key to her role as Office Manager here at Saffer Cooper.

In her spare time Danielle enjoys listening to a variety of music, attending live music gigs and owns two dogs.

staff-nic-graystonNic Grayston - Associate

Nic Grayston has a broad experience of both the private and public sectors gained from over 40 years of engagement with major contractors, local government and the voluntary sector dealing principally with social housing development, planned maintenance and asset management in London and the South East. He has worked closely with the HCA over many years managing major investment programmes in a number of local authorities and with housing associations and trusts. Most recently he was Head of Development for Christian Action Housing Association and previously was Enabling Manager for the London Borough of Haringey. When not working he enjoys life in rural East Anglia and as an amateur mechanic is often to be found tinkering with various vintage projects.



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