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Executive Directors

Tony Cahill

Executive Director of Property

Tony is a dynamic leader with extensive experience in the commercial sector, delivering successful products and services contracts to a variety of public and private organisations.

Tony believes in keeping his thinking innovative and is committed to formulating new ways for Livv to approach the opportunities and challenges which people and communities are facing now and in the long term.

He empowers teams to transform their fantastic ideas into reality and is a huge advocate of the power of partnerships in generating opportunities for creating success.

Sharon Marsh

Executive Director of Resources

Sharon joined Livv Housing Group in 2012 and is responsible for six Group areas ; Business Improvement, Governance, Health & Safety, HR and Learning & Development, IT, Marketing, Communications and New Product Development.

Sharon has over 20 years’ experience in leadership and HR roles across the public and private sectors. Over the past seven years, she has developed a robust ‘People Framework’ that supports our employees across the Group to develop, deliver and fulfil their potential.

With a passion for people, her role plays a vital part in our Executive Director Team and is key in helping the Group fulfil its strategic ambitions.

Howard Roberts

Executive Director of Finance and Performance

Howard was appointed as Executive Director of Finance & Performance in January 2019. During his early career he specialised in the delivery of corporate finance, and audit and advisory services for a wide range of organisations across the UK – from listed businesses through to OMB’s and charities. More recently he has held a number of executive and non-executive roles within the social housing sector and related fields – in the North West – gaining considerable expertise in the formulation and delivery of financial and commercial strategy, resolution of M&A’s and corporate restructures, business development, and business assurance.

Amanda Newton

Executive Director of Customer Insight

Amanda joined Livv Housing Group as Executive Director of Customer Insight in June 2019. Her portfolio includes Customer Services, our Neighbourhoods Teams, our social impact function One Ark, the Income Team, Lettings and the Independent Living team. Her early career saw her working in Corporate Banking before moving into social housing almost 20 years ago.

She has spent time working with the Regulator of Social Housing in customer service and performance and business improvement roles.  Before joining First Ark she was Director of Business Effectiveness for a housing provider where her focus was on corporate governance, performance improvement and delivering complex change programmes.  She has a passion for working together to solve difficult problems and helping people and teams to shine.

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Group Board

Léann Hearne: Group Chief Executive and Board Member

Group Chief Executive and Board

Léann was appointed as Group Chief Executive of First Ark Group in October 2018.

Léann began her career in sales and marketing in the engineering and construction sectors and became Managing Director of an international manufacturing business in 2000. Whilst there she took up a Non-Executive position in a housing association, with roles of Chair of Audit Committee, Chair of Governance committee, Board Chair and Group Vice-Chair. This led to a move to the sector, most recently for The Riverside Group as the Executive lead for the £100m turnover Care and Support business, followed by the Executive Director of Transformation and Shares Services.

Philip Raw (FRICS, FBEng): Group Board Chair

Group Board Chair

Philip is a chartered surveyor, with strong Executive and Non-Executive experience in the profit, not for profit and charitable sectors within Care Quality Commission, Social Housing Regulator and Charities Commission regulatory framework experience.

Philip’s experience in the private sector bridges national, local, public and private housing work including development and legal court work.

An experienced Chairman, he has worked in successful partnership with CEO’s and Executive teams to deliver transformational change at scale, performance improvement and mergers and acquisitions.

Philip’s experience in the Registered Provider sector has been gained over 17 years as a chair and non-executive director during a period of significantly increasing demands on Governance and the regulatory control.

Howard Roberts: Executive Director and Board Member

Executive Director of Finance and Performance

Howard was appointed as Executive Director of Finance & Performance in January 2019. During his early career he specialised in the delivery of corporate finance, and audit and advisory services for a wide range of organisations across the UK – from listed businesses through to OMB’s and charities. More recently he has held a number of executive and non-executive roles within the social housing sector and related fields – in the North West – gaining considerable expertise in the formulation and delivery of financial and commercial strategy, resolution of M&A’s and corporate restructures, business development, and business assurance.

Eleanor Bowden: Board Member

Eleanor is currently Head of Social Impact & Innovation at Legal & General Affordable Homes. Prior to this Eleanor was CEO and co-founder of a social impact investment firm raising investment capital to address the shortage of wheelchair accessible PRS homes in the UK.  Eleanor has extensive board experience through her role with Amber housing, the property subsidiary of *Heritage Care.

*Heritage Care is changing its name to Ambient on 1st April 2020.

Nicola Waterworth: Board Member and Chair of First Ark Social Investment (Operating as Livv Investment)

Nicola is an experienced coach and is currently working for the Centre for Ageing Better, based within the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub in the Combined Authority.  Nicola’s career includes work with local government policy and strategy, partnership working, service commissioning and programme management, predominantly in children and young people’s services working closely with adults’ services, housing, the NHS and police.

John Ray: Board Member

John is currently Head of Commercial at Virgin Media, covering the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands. He is responsible for all cost and commercial aspects of the £90m network expansion programme across this area.  John has previously held Asset Management roles at Manchester Airport Group and was a management consultant in the Major Projects division of Ernst & Young.

Phil Pemberton: Board Member

Phil has over 35 years Housing sector experience, with over 17 years working at Director Level in both the public and private sector and is currently Director of Asset Strategy and Delivery at The Riverside Group. Phil has held a number of non-executive positions and has experience of chairing audit and risk committees. He sits on a number of national forums and steering groups.

Mark Dunford: Board Member and Chair of Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Mark has over 15 years’ experience at Director level, as well as considerable experience as a board member. Mark is currently an Executive Director of Together Housing Group – one of the largest Housing Associations in the North of England.  Mark also recently completed a 9 year term as Board Member (& Vice Chair) of New Charter Housing Group now Jigsaw Housing Group.

Anthony Deakin: Board Member and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Tony has recently retired from his role as Group Director of Resources at Cartrefi Conwy – a housing association based in North Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience as a Director and senior manager in the social housing sector with both housing associations and local authorities. Tony also holds various committee and board member positions across the North West and North Wales.

Kevin Brady: Board Member

Kevin has several senior management posts in local government, the Civil Service, the Department for Education and Skills and Government Office for the North West.  Kevin retired from his Deputy Chief Executive role with Salford City Council in 2012 and is currently a board member and trustee for a variety of organisation across the North West.

John Bowker: Board Member

John has over 20 years of experience in the housing sector, having worked for a number of housing providers throughout the North West.  John is the former Director of Property at Liverpool Mutual Homes and currently Director of Property and Maintenance Services at Stockport Homes Group.

Steve Agger: Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of Customer Services Committee

Group Board Vice Chair

He has a wealth of experience establishing and managing high achieving teams and partnerships across the country in the local government, private (Saville’s) housing and third sector. Steve is passionate about empowering people in communities and working in partnership to improve lives.

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As a community-based social business that plays an active part in the alliance of housing associations working in the Liverpool City Region, we’re about much more than building and managing homes.