1. John Longbottom

    Commercial Committee Chair
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    John previously worked in the Business Support Unit at Lloyds Banking Group as part of a team dedicated to working with corporate customers under trading and financial pressure, with the aim to effect change within the business and to retain the customer within the Bank's normal service.

    In the past John has worked within the Bank's Commercial and Retail banking services and, in total, has served 25 years with the Bank.  John was also a Trustee of the Leeds Library, fulfilling the role of Treasurer, and previously a volunteer with DIAL Leeds (Disability, Information and Advice Line) providing financial management information to the Chief Officer and Auditor.

  2. Dave Procter

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

    He has worked in housing for over 49 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.

    He is a Board Member at Impact Housing Association in Cumbria.

  3. Tricia Sheard

    Chair of the Operations Committee
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    A retired head teacher, Tricia has more than 30 years’ experience in education.  As a senior leader, she gained vast experience in strategic planning and development in a range of schools including those in extremely challenging circumstances.  As well as being responsible for a multi-million pound budget, she gained much experience in human resources working with professional organisations and trades unions.  She has extensive knowledge and understanding in relation to engaging with regulatory bodies and was committed to ensuring the schools she worked in were effectively integrated into the local community.

    Tricia joined the board at Pennine Housing 2000 and became a board member of the Together Housing Group following the company’s reorganisation.  She is chair of the Operations Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Governance Committee.  She has also been a trustee and vice chair on the Newground Together board. 

    A dedicated and committed professional, Tricia is keen that all tenants and residents have a voice that is heard and that young people in particular are encouraged to make positive contributions to their communities.

  4. Roy Knowles

    Chair Risk Management and Audit Committee
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    Roy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor.  In 2006 he set up 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.

  5. Darren Wild

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    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.

  6. Gwynne Furlong

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    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 publically listed companies.

    Gwynne is the Deputy Chairman of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.  Gwynne is a member of the Concert Living Limited Board (a subsidiary of Progress).

    Gwynne is a Trustee of the Chorley Inspire Youth Zone Project, and CEO of the Regain Sports Charity (a national charity which specialises in helping those who have become paralysed/tetraplegic through sporting accident).

  7. Malcolm Harrison

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    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.

  8. Martin Gore

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    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.

  9. Michelle Park

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    Michelle is a housing professional with nearly 30 years experience in supporting people with housing issues, including time working within the housing policy, welfare benefits and supported housing fields.  She has worked for the National Housing Federation, local authorities and housing associations.

    In 2011 Michelle set up a new business in the north.  A further national business was established the following year - both provide specialist support to older people moving home.

    Michelle was appointed  Board Champion for Diversity at Together Housing in February 2018.

  10. Paul Thomas

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    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 Chair and a trustee of Sheffield Jazz.

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