Board MembersTogether Housing Group
Together Housing Group is governed by a Board who are responsible for setting the overall strategy, controlling risk and ensuring that we deliver effective services.
Each Board member brings a wealth of experience and different skills to the organisation.
The Board are supported by a committee structure consisting of:
Dave joined the Together Housing Group Board in 2016 and became Chair in January 2017.
He has worked in housing for over 55 years, retiring as Chief Executive of Pennine Housing in 2005.
Since then Dave has worked as an independent consultant with a wide range of housing and third sector organisations within governance, executive mentoring and organisational change.
Chair of The Risk Management and Audit Committee
Roy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor. From 2006 until 2019 he ran his own consultancy firm, Laurem Consulting. Prior to this he was a VAT partner in an international firm of Chartered Accountants and advised a number of the country’s largest housing associations. Roy is the chief editor and co-author of the publication VAT for Social Housing.
Roy is a Quality Assurance Manager for the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Prior to joining the Together Housing Group, Roy spent 9 years on the Board of St Vincent’s Housing Association, initially as Chair of the Audit Committee and then as Chair of the Association.
Roy was formerly a local Councillor in Rossendale, where he was Chair of the Audit and Accounts Committee, Chair of Rosso Buses and a member of the East Lancs Railway Board.
Declarations of Interest
- Quality Assurance Manager, CIOT
Andy has over 30 years’ experience in the supply chain and logistics industry with Tesco and The Coop Group and now has 15 years of board/senior executive experience both in the UK and internationally. He has been successful in delivering large transformational and investment programs, alongside leading large physical operations with significant financial and capital budgets.
He has a proven track record of delivering great customer service in fast moving and complex environments, leading large diverse teams, and ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of thousands of colleagues.
Alongside his experience of working within governance, risk and audit committee structures, he also has extensive experience of working with trade unions, industry and government bodies.
Alongside his non exec role at THG, Andy currently offers a part time consultancy service to supply chain, logistics and retail businesses’.
Geraldine retired as Chief Executive of Incommunities in 2021 after a 40-year career in social housing, cutting her teeth as a Housing Officer on Bradford estates.
She is currently Chair of the Governing Board, and a past President, of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She has a global understanding of housing issues through Chairing the UK Housing Partnership, part of the unique International Housing Partnership. The International Housing Partnership brings together housing professionals from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
Other roles include being Executive Chair of the GEM graduate programme which has provided opportunities for over 1,000 young people to enter the social housing sector. Geraldine is also a Board member of MORhomes, an innovative borrowing vehicle for the social housing sector.
Martin is a highly experienced Finance Director, who retired in January 2015 as Director of Corporate Services at Humberside Probation Trust, to pursue a career as a non executive director, and expand his interests in creative writing.
Following the completion of a five year term as a Board Member of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust he currently holds non executive roles at two housing associations and a non-departmental public body.
Coventry born, his first job was as an Office Junior at Jaguar. His career developed in the car industry, followed by a number of private sector manufacturing companies, largely SMEs. This included a successful management buyout. More latterly he has worked in both charities and the public sector.
Martin is Chair of the Newground Together Board.
Natalie is an influencer of change in the built environment both in terms of policy and practice, with over nine years of experience as a senior leader, and an expertise in housing. Specialising in urban development and investment, with professional training in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. Operating in four continents and across 15 countries, Natalie has delivered major regeneration projects focussed on sustainable placemaking to ensure more equitable cities. Committed to bringing lessons from around the world back to serve London, Natalie is leading the implementation of the Greater London Authority’s affordable housing programmes. Her personal awards, scholarships, and recognition in global housing awards evidence her commitment to excellence. An experienced board member, Natalie is passionate about equity, fairness and justice. As a university lecturer in design and an advisor on design review panels, Natalie provides constructive strategic advice and analysis of schematics and design, and its impacts on diverse user groups.
Declarations of Interest:
Chair of Remuneration and Governance Committee
Chantal is an accomplished corporate solicitor, US attorney and governance professional. She was a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee of a FTSE listed software developer and has held a number of director, trustee and executive leadership roles including as the Group Company Secretary with Yorkshire Water/Kelda Group and the General Counsel and Company Secretary with Electricity North West. She has extensive experience across a range of functions including corporate governance, legal, pensions, insurance, property management, data protection and regulation.
Chantal was a governor of Greenhead College, Huddersfield for seven years and chaired the Health & Safety Committee.
She is committed to delivering great customer service and safe, comfortable homes for all our residents.
Kevin has held senior positions across local, regional and central government including spells with the Department for Education and Skills, Government Office for the North West and as Deputy Chief Executive, Salford City Council. He has worked as an independent consultant across the public and private sectors.
Kevin has extensive board level experience across the public, private, not for profit and higher education sectors and which included chairing a large charity.
Kevin is currently the Chair of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, an independent member of Yorkshire Housing Audit and Risk Committee and independent member of Transport for the North Audit and Governance Committee.
Commercial Committee Chair
Gwynne has over 40 years’ experience as a qualified professional in business, primarily in the commercial property industry. He has been a partner in professional practice and has been a director and managing director of both private and PLC businesses.
Gwynne is a Director/Trustee of the Chorley Inspire Youth Zone Project, and is adviser to the Nkuringo Education and Community Support Group in Uganda.
Gwynne is Chair of Together Commercial Limited.
Ellen has held senior management positions (Director and CEO) in the national charities Versus Arthritis and Victim Support, before which she was CEO at Lancashire based advocacy charity, Empowerment. This followed 20 years in local government (running HR and support services and then broadening to include strategy and commissioning of a wide range of public services) in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the Midlands. She has also worked as a management consultant with KPMG with a range of public and private sector clients, delivering on people and performance projects. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with further qualifications in Leadership and Social Policy, and is particularly interested in social justice, inclusivity and providing safe, positive environments where people can thrive. Ellen is also a trustee at Blackpool Foodbank and previously a trustee with Renaissance (a Lancashire-based charity specialising in sexual health and substance misuse).
Declarations of Interest:
- Fellow, CIPD; Trustee, Blackpool Foodbank;
- Member, Labour Party.
Chair of The Operations Committee
Angela spent over 30 years working for large corporations manufacturing well-known brands including Quaker Oats, Gillette, Travelex and McVities. Working her way up to Factory Manager, she has extensive experience in business transformation and delivering exemplary customer service in challenging industries. As well as being responsible for a multi-million pound budget, she gained much experience in Health & Safety, people management and working with trade unions.
She is Chair of the Operations Committee and has also been on the Newground CIC Board.
A dedicated and committed professional, Angela is keen that all tenants and residents have a voice that is heard and believes that a safe, affordable home in your area of choice is a fundamental right for all in the twenty-first century.
Declarations of Interest
- Director, Thawley Brothers (New) Ltd
- Training to become a magistrate in North and West Cumbria