Meet the directors
Four directors manage Magna’s affairs on a day-to-day basis, and are accountable to the board.
Graham Colls - Magna Housing chief executive
Graham Colls joined Magna in June 1999. He was previously chief executive of Two Castles Housing Association in Carlisle.
His wealth of experience in social housing stretches back over 30 years to his beginnings as a graduate trainee in South Tyneside Borough Council's directorate of housing. From here he was promoted to senior development officer, before joining Two Castles Housing Association as North East regional housing manager in 1985. Further promotion to North East regional director was to follow before he became chief executive in 1993.
Graham is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is married with two children.
David Aldwinckle - property director
David Aldwinckle joined Magna in September 2006 from Pathmeads Housing Association (part of the Genesis Housing Group).
Prior to attending university, where he graduated with a biochemistry degree, David worked with single, homeless people for the charity, ‘The Cyrenians’, which gave him a taste for housing.
Originally coming from Cornwall, David and his family were pleased to move back to the south coast.
Tony Murray - housing director
Tony Murray joined Magna West Somerset in August 2002. After leaving London University with a degree in sociology, Tony worked for 14 years for both local authorities and housing associations in inner London.
Before coming to West Somerset, Tony worked for 7 years as housing services manager at Windsor Housing. Tony is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is married with two children and lives in Taunton Deane.
Steve Fraser - finance director
Steve Fraser joined Magna in June 2015. After leaving Nottingham University with a degree in Industrial Economics, Steve joined Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a chartered accountant.
In 1990, he joined The Boots Company, where he worked in finance roles covering retail, healthcare, property and IT (including 3 years in Sydney where he was Director of Finance, IT and Logistics for Boots Healthcare Australia and New Zealand)
Steve moved into the charity and social housing sector in 2006, and before joining Magna was director of resources and social enterprise for Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and director of finance for Methodist Homes; in both roles he also had responsibility for IT.