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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

Philip Raw (FRICS, FBEng): Group Board Chair

Group Board Chair

Howard Roberts: Executive Director and Board Member

Executive Director of Finance and Performance

Eleanor Bowden: Board Member

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

John Ray: Board Member

Phil Pemberton: Board Member

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

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

Kevin Brady: Board Member

John Bowker: Board Member

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

Group Board Vice Chair
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Organisational structure

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.