Board Members

Together Housing Group
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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:

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Our Board and Leadership Teams

Learn more about the leadership of Together Housing Group

Darren Wild

Dave Procter

Board Chair

Dave Procter joined the Together Housing Group Board in 2016 and became Chair in January 2017.

He has worked in housing for over 52 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.

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Roy Knowles

 

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.

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Malcolm Harrison

 

Malcolm is a Chartered surveyor with over 40 years experience and has over 30 years experience at Board/Director level within major brewing and licensed retail companies, as well as an extensive background in commercial and retail property.  This has included responsibility for driving all aspects of major company acquisitions, investments and divestments, as well as leading key business critical projects in development and I.T.

Malcolm is currently the Chair of Newground Together the groups charity and was a member of Groundwork Pennine Lancashire for over 10 years until it was merged into Together Housing.

He is a Director, Trustee and Advisor for the Pub is the Hub since 2003 and is a Member of the National Steering Committee.

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Shazad Sarwar

Darren Wild

Darren Wild

 

Darren has a broad range of strategic, operational and commercial experience, specialising in Information Management and Technology. He is a Partnership Director for Agilisys, one of the country’s fastest growing IT Services companies. Darren has held a number of senior leadership roles, and spent several years responsible for two significant local government outsource contracts, totalling £240m.

More recently Darren was instrumental in securing a new £47m shared services contract with Bolton MBC, Wigan MBC, Wigan and Leigh Housing and Wigan Leisure Cultural Trust.

He has also spent several years working in housing, first with Places for People Group, during a period of rapid growth, and then for Wakefield and District Housing from stock transfer to their ‘three star’ audit rating in 2007. Darren has worked as an independent consultant to a number of blue chip companies, advising on IT strategy, service delivery, security and business process reengineering.

Darren Wild

Martin Gore

 

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.

He is currently a Non Executive Director of Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust, and is also Chair of the Audit Committee there.

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 SME’s.  This included a successful management buyout. More latterly he has worked in both charities and the public sector.

Darren Wild

Paul Thomas

 

Paul joined the Civil Service where he worked for 13 years in London for Customs and Excise, Treasury and Cabinet Office.  In 1986 he joined the Manpower Services Commission in Sheffield and subsequently worked there and in Birmingham for the Departments of Employment and Education.  

In 1997 Paul left the Civil Service and joined the third sector where he became Deputy Chief Executive of the Manchester Enterprises group, a not-for-profit group of companies dedicated to the economic development of Greater Manchester.

In 2006 Paul retired to become a consultant and to enjoy more time for leisure and voluntary activities.  Paul is a trustee of Sheffield Jazz.

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Chantal Forrest

Board Co-optee

 

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Gwynne Furlong

 

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 MD of both private and PLC businesses.

Gwynne is Chairman of HSIS, the estates subsidiary of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.  Gwynne is Deputy Chair of Concert Living Limited (a subsidiary of Progress Housing Group) and a director of Blackpool Airport Operations Ltd. He is also a director of Sandway Homes Ltd (a subsidiary of Sefton Borough Council.)

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.

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Steve Hepworth

 

Steve is Chief Executive of Ongo, a regional housing and community investment group based in Scunthorpe. He has worked in housing for over 30 years in both local authorities and housing associations. He has experience in most areas of housing operations and over the years his roles have included estate management, debt recovery, repairs and a variety of management positions.

Steve led the consultation work that resulted in the tenants of North Lincolnshire Council voting to establish a housing association and the formation of what is now Ongo Homes and has made tenant involvement a priority in his work. He believes passionately that tenants should have meaningful roles in decision making within their landlord organisations and has devolved decision making powers to Ongo’s tenant organisation.

Steve is an authentic and passionate leader who believes that success comes from working with engaged and positive people. He uses the combined strengths of the different companies in the Ongo Group to provide quality homes, deliver great landlord services and create opportunities to inspire people to reach their potential. Steve is a committee member at Together Housing and is a Trustee of North Lincolnshire Citizens Advice.

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Angela Gibbs