We’ve got big ambitions. Our Board Members are focused on setting the standard, driving innovation and making sure we work collaboratively and with care to have a lasting impact on communities.
With more than 35 years’ experience working in housing services, regeneration, planning, cohesion, environmental services and economic development, Andy is leading the Board as ForViva consolidates its considerable achievements and looks to the future. Andy has chaired the Group Board since 2012 and will be stepping down in 2021.
He retired, after a brief spell as Interim Chief Executive, from the post of Executive Director at a large metropolitan local authority. He has a wide experience in community development, strategy and planning and organisational development, as well as an understanding of the challenges large organisations face in complex social and political environments.
He is a trained mediator and a community mentor in his home town and chairs a local young people’s music trust. Outside work Andy’s interests include music, reading and cycling. Andy knows nothing about football. Andy believes passionately in ForViva’s vision of making more things possible for more people and is constantly looking for new ways to make this a reality.
Stephen is Deputy Chair of the ForViva Group Board and became the ForHousing Board Chair on the 1st April 2019.
Stephen is founder of the consultancy practice Change Development Solutions based on his significant experience in leading teams through times of major change.
Previously Chief Executive then Managing Director of Space New Living (part of the Great Places Housing Group), a registered social landlord based in Salford, Stephen has valuable experience of running a not-for-profit housing organisation.
The many skills he brings include strategic management, operational development and change management. Stephen is also a governor of the University of Central Lancashire.
Martin was part of a team and then Managing Director of a leading public sector and utilities outsourcing business that saw the business grow from an annual turnover of £5m to over £1bn during which he developed and honed his business, commercial and people leadership skills. He has considerable experience in strategic acquisitions, a wide experience of public-private partnerships and joint venture partnership working.
Along with the ability to recognise and balance the needs of all stakeholders to lead and grow a substantial and diverse service business Martin has a proven track record in handing complex negotiations with central government and their local agents as well as establishing local authority joint working. Martin brings a breadth of commercial and business experience from a variety of sectors.
Martin is part of a management team that has a number of business interests in the North West. Away from work he has a close affinity with his local football team and is a keen cyclist, runner and walker with strong links to serving his local community.
Robin has over forty years’ professional experience in the residential property sector. When he was made redundant at the age of 61, he made the decision to increase his public and charitable activities devoting his time to ForViva, serving as a Councillor on Salford City Council and on other bodies such as Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
Robin regards the wishes of the community as paramount and strongly believes that consultation is the only way to achieve improvements needed by the local community. On this basis whether it be the local council and its various agencies or a housing provider, he believes the community and people must always come first.
It is because Robin wants to make sure that the correct services are provided and people treated in the way they deserve, that he became the interim Chair helping to establish construction firm City West Works Limited (later ForWorks) and becoming Chair until its merger with Liberty in 2018. He has recently been appointed chair of the ForViva Development Committee. Robin believes if ForViva is to continue to offer benefits and services which are important to people then it must grow and widen its activities for the ultimate benefit of tenants.
Nora Ann has spent her career working in the NHS having joined as a graduate trainee. She qualified as an accountant with the NHS and has held a range of finance roles in NHS organisations, predominantly in the north west. She has operated at Director of Finance level for over 20 years, including Wirral Community Trust, Aintree University Hospital, and University Hospital of South Manchester. Nora Ann is a member of CIPFA.
The skills she brings to the board include financial management, commercial acumen, strong corporate governance experience and a keen desire to develop the interdependencies between the health and housing sectors.
Outside of work her interests include gardening, theatre and foreign travel when the time permits.
Ian is the Executive Director of Asset Services for the Riverside Group where he is responsible for the maintenance of their 55,000 homes and for the Group’s wholly owned subsidiary contractor, Evolve.
Ian has previously worked for Midland Heart, Parkway Green, The Regenda Group, Guinness Northern Counties and Harvest Housing Group.
As well as being a ForViva board member, he previously sat on the board of Green Vale Homes, part of The Together Group, and also sat on the board of the Housing Diversity Network for 10 years - three of which he served as Chair. The Housing Diversity Network is a membership-based organisation that enables registered providers to deliver diversity within their business.
Catherine has over 15 years’ experience in senior financial management positions across a broad range of sectors including banking, housing, social care, not for profit and most recently the legal sector. Currently she’s the Finance Director for an award winning top 150 law firm in the UK, Stephensons Solicitors LLP. She has a track record for building best in class finance functions and driving financial performance and success throughout any business.
Catherine has experience in pricing, contract negotiation, management, staff integration under TUPE, pension arrangements, treasury and long term financial planning. She is also a qualified accountant, a member of CIMA and has held a number of board positions in the housing sector.
Steve has spent over 35 years in the banking sector, all with Barclays Bank here in the North West. His first role was as a cashier at Walkden branch and over the years he has managed various teams and divisions within the organisation, although his career has predominantly been spent serving UK corporate clients. Since 2014 he has specialised in supporting Social Housing providers from the bank’s Manchester offices in Spinningfields.
Previously an Associate of the Institute of Bankers, he brings considerable experience in treasury management, funding negotiations, corporate governance and an appreciation of regulatory requirements to the organisation.
Having retired in 2019 Steve now enjoys more time walking, gardening and following his beloved Leigh Centurions Rugby League team.
Colette believes in a better way to do business. One that gives back, does great things and uses profits for good.
She is the driving force behind ForViva’s mission to challenge inequality and make a difference to people’s lives.
Awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to the community, Colette is a prominent equal rights campaigner.
She is passionate about ending homelessness and leads the Group’s strategic approach in this area.
An inspirational and charismatic leader, Colette has a wealth of experience setting up award-winning teams and strategic partnerships in the police, housing and private sector.
Mike is focused on delivering ForViva’s business plan and driving efficiencies to deliver more for less. He is responsible for developing excellent services for tenants across the Group by providing cutting edge ICT, as well as giving staff the best tools to perform their roles effectively and efficiently.
Mike joined the ForViva Group in August 2014 from North Wales Police where he worked as Director of Finance and Resource since 2007. He has worked in various roles in both the public and private sector including Wirral Metropolitan College and North Wales Newspapers.
Mike’s significant experience is crucial in helping to develop ForViva’s ambitious growth plans.