1. John Longbottom


    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. Roy Knowles

    Chair 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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