Our Boards hold us to account; they ask the right questions around performance and delivery, to ensure we are meeting their expectations – and those of our customers.
We want to deliver results that have a lasting, positive impact and with authentic leaders who supporting our staff as they adapt to change, and encourage continual learning and development as an essential part of our organisational culture.
The non-executive members on our Group Board play an important role in setting the direction of travel for our organisation, as well as ensuring the highest standards of governance and integrity underpin our work.
Phil Watson CBE - Chair of the Board
Chair of the Board, Phil Watson CBE, was welcomed into the role in December 2020.
Phil has been a member of the Group board since 2018. He has extensive experience in senior non-executive and executive roles, having previously been an independent chair in the health and education sectors.
He is a former Chair of Governors at Blackburn College and was Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council, during which time he transferred its c8000 council houses to a housing association.
Phil’s experience as is a Chartered Architect (RIBA) and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (FCIH) was put to good use as he designed several thousand new and improved homes for the Blackburn with Darwen Council.
Grahame Elliot qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1962 having been articled to a very small firm. Grahame then joined what is now KPMG in Manchester for five years. Actively involved in charities and education, Graham was founding Chairman of Acorn Recovery Projects and is also a member of the Syncora Board.
Martin is a member of the Board. He is a Director of his own business, Urban Green, responsible for the day to day operations and delivery, as well as strategic business development. Martin is a design professional and has a range of current experience across the housing and residential sector.
Paul is a member of the Board. He has been a Solicitor engaged in commercial legal practice for almost 20 years. He was formerly a non-executive Director with the Burnley Enterprise Trust.
Carmel McKeogh is a Management Consultant who specialises in Organisation Development and Human Resources and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Carmel was the Deputy Chief Executive of Blackpool Council and worked in Blackpool from April 2009 to March 2016.
A chartered accountant, Sarah is currently a Director with Altair Limited, providing a range of strategic advice to Registered Providers and Local Authorities.
Chris was a Divisional Commander for Lancashire Police in the Pennine, East and South Divisions until 2017 and was also the Chief Superintendent of the Blue Light Collaboration Project. Chris is also a local counsellor in Padiham.
Richard is the Chair of Syncora Board and has a background in health and social care, having held Executive roles in both local government and the NHS, and as a senior civil servant with the Department of Health. In recent years, Richard has spent time working on integrating health and care services in Greater Manchester.
Bill is the Chair designate for Calico Homes Board. Bill’s experience of working in the social housing sector spans over 41 years. He is currently Director of Development for Torus Housing Group, with responsibility for one of the largest RP development and sales programmes in the North West.
After an early career as a singer, David joined a recruitment advertising agency in 1998 and went on to set up his own small communications firm in 2005. It specialises in supporting organisations within local government, housing, and charities. Retained by BEIS to advise on improving the calibre and diversity of its 50+ non-executive boards, David has served as Chair of a range of civic organisations; he led a housing association for nine years, and has also served on the boards of education, arts and heritage organisations in the North West. He is a Fellow of the RSA.
Sarah has over 35 years’ experience in working in local government and since 2002 in the PRP sector. She is currently Group Head of Treasury and Financial Planning for the NW based Torus62 Ltd, a group with turnover of £200m and 38,000 properties.