1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Steve Hepworth

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    Steve has over 20 years experience in social housing and has worked in both local authorities and housing associations. Over the years his roles have included rent collection, estate management, debt recovery, repairs and a variety of management positions.

    Steve headed up the customer consultation that led to the creation of North Lincolnshire Homes and, as Director of Housing, his team modernised customer relations including establishing a new customer contact centre and new customer office which have transformed customer interactions.

    Since April 2018 Steve has been Chief Executive of Ongo

  6. Amanda Garrard

    Group Director of Neighbourhoods
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    Amanda has overall responsibility for the delivery of housing services to our customers and specific responsibility for the delivery of housing management, supported housing, environmental services, and customer services across the Group.

  7. George Paterson

    Group Director of Property Services
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    George is responsible for stock condition, delivery of maintenance services, investment planning, facilities management, sustainability, partnering and contract procurement.

  8. Graham Waugh

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    Graham was elected as Councillor for the Foulridge ward in May 2011. He sits on Foulridge Parish Council and is the Chairman for Colne Area Committee.

    Although now retired Graham was a ship captain for 23 years working for Stena Line and P&O and brings to the Board knowledge of working for a complex organisation which is heavily regulated and a desire to ensure that the Company is viable, offers value for money and provides sufficient rental properties in the Pendle Area.

    Graham was previously a member of the Housing Pendle Board.

  9. Michelle Allott

    Group Director of Finance
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    Michelle has responsibility for financial accounting, management accounting, business improvement, Value for Money (VfM) and taxation across the Group.

  10. Rob Grigorjevs

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    Rob is educated to MSc Level and his background is in local government with specific emphasis on social housing and strategic partnerships. He spent 15 years in various roles with Oldham MBC and Twin Valley Homes in Blackburn. These included management, large scale capital improvements, performance monitoring and the development of choice based letting schemes. He lead and developed the highly successful ‘Oldham Instant Homes’ initiative and the ‘B-with-us’ choice based lettings scheme which is still going strong in Pennine Lancashire after nearly 15 years.

    He worked for a couple of years in the private sector as a Business Development Manager in a fast growing SME and has spent the last 10 years in various roles at Pendle and Hyndburn Councils.

    He is now Programme and Projects Co-ordinator at Burnley Borough Council. Rob was previously a Board Member of Green Vale Homes.

  11. Jackie Waring

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    Jackie worked for a number of years as a senior regional personnel manager within the retail sector. Following this she joined Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as The Access Point Network Manager. Her role here was to manage the five Access Points across Blackburn and Darwen as well as 4 outreach projects.

    The Access Points and the outreach projects were to work with members of the community to assist them back into work, training and further education. This brought her into contact with residents from all corners of the Borough and gave her a good understanding of the barriers that faced some of the residents on a day to day basis.

    She also volunteers as a custody visitor for the Police Commission. This requires visiting cells in the police stations in Blackburn and Burnley unannounced to check on the welfare of detainees. Jackie is also involved in her own area as the chair of the local residents association. Jackie was previously a member of the Twin Valley Homes Board.

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