The Risk Management and Audit Committee

Together Housing Group

The Risk Management and Audit Committee advise the board on financial risks.


Our Board and Leadership Teams

Learn more about the leadership of Together Housing Group

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Roy Knowles

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.

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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.

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Paul Redfern


A Certified and Chartered Internal Auditor and Director of Finance with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in the design and delivery of first class governance solutions to organisations in the private and public sectors, nationally and internationally.

A proven track record of aligning governance processes and providing deeper and broader assurance to key stakeholders, offering sound professional experience in areas of audit, fraud and risk management.

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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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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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Laura Rawnsley


Laura’s background is in IT in Business Change, primarily in the Local Public Sector. Laura was Head of IT at Kirklees Council where she gained experience within a large complex IT environment of delivering transformation aligned to the business vision, alongside managing significant risks. Laura remains active in the IT profession as an Examiner in Business Analysis for BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT.

Laura’s earlier career was in Social Housing and Welfare Rights, working within both the public and voluntary sectors. Laura is a former Independent Board member of Berneslai Homes. She also has experience as a non-executive director within the commercial, social care and community arts sectors.

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