Our Board is comprised of nine members including the Group Chief Executive, Julie Doyle. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and ensuring that we deliver excellent financial and operational performance to meet the needs of our customers, regulators, commissioners and other stakeholders.
Assistant Director of the National Housing Federation for more than 10 years, Bob joined the Board upon his retirement in 2013. After qualifying as an accountant 40 years ago, Bob amassed extensive experience within local government and the utility sectors.
He took on the role of Group Chair in 2016 and is responsible for maintaining an open and constructive working relationship with the Executive Team, in particular the CEO.
Bob’s primary concern is making a difference to the lives of customers. He believes that customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance. With a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, Bob contributes a wealth of knowledge and experience to the continued strategic development of Longhurst Group and consistently works towards realising the Group’s ambitions of growth and excellence.
Julie Doyle - Chief Executive
Since taking on the role of Chief Executive, Julie Doyle has ensured there’s a strong platform for future success by reshaping the organisation, achieving considerable value for money savings and delivering substantial growth.
With over 25 years' experience in the housing sector, Julie remains committed to ensuring the Group continues to realise its ambition of being a leading developer that improves people’s lives by providing high-quality housing and care and support services.
Since becoming Chief Executive in 2015, Julie has overseen a significant period of change that’s included the 2017 merger with Axiom and the streamlining of 19 different boards and committees into one coterminous structure.
During Julie’s tenure, the Group’s maintained G1V1 status, returned record financial results and built over 800 new properties. Julie has also been instrumental in guiding the Group to adopt a more aligned approach that sees over 1,100 colleagues work together as ‘One Team’ with ‘One Vision’.
Alongside her role as Chief Executive, Julie is also a Trustee for The Helping Harry Trust, a charity that supports families of children with disabilities.
With a significant understanding of the role housing can play in the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community, Angie joined the Board in July 2019 having served in a similar role at Axiom since 2016.
Previously a registered general nurse, senior leader in the NHS and member of the Royal College of Nursing, Angie has latterly worked independently, providing consultancy services to several public sector organisations and charities.
With a passion for high-quality, responsive and safe care, she’s also a trustee of a Peterborough-based charity that supports adults with learning difficulties.
Gabriel Behr - Chair of Keystone
A chartered account with more than 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles – 15 of which have been spent in Chief Financial Officer roles – Gabriel joined the Board in 2019, following the Group’s consolidation.
Having previously worked as Group Finance Director at a media and technology company, Gabriel has also worked in Australia’s construction industry and the green energy sector.
In 2016, Gabriel became Chief Financial Officer at direct-let student accommodation provider Liberty Living, where he oversaw a significant growth in its portfolio.
Most recently, he’s been involved in a real estate start-up in the emerging Co-Living sector.
Gabriel is also Chair of the Group’s development company, Keystone, and is a member of the Development Committee.
Jenny joined the Board in 2019, bringing with her a passion for the housing sector and enabling organisations to make a difference.
Having joined Grant Thornton UK LLP as a Graduate Trainee in 1999, Jenny went on to spend almost 20 years with the organisation, progressing to Director in 2011. While at Grant Thornton, Jenny worked with a wide range of organisations in a variety of roles, including its National Head of Social Housing and, latterly, Chief Not for Profit Operating Officer.
She’s now Managing Director at Jemblewren Limited, working with key organisations in the housing and not-for-profit sectors.
Joseph is an accountant with more than 25 years’ experience, having spent most of his career working in the social housing sector.
He spent almost nine years at the National Housing Federation (NHF), supporting housing associations on a range of accounting, finance, pensions and tax issues. He’s currently Relationship Director at MORhomes plc and is also the Director and Owner of JC&A Consultancy Limited.
He has extensive public speaking experience and has developed a well-earned reputation for interpreting often complex and arcane financial issues for non-executive board members and non-financial executives.
Alongside his role as a Group Board member, Joseph is the Chair of the Finance and Treasury Committee and Libra Board.
Parmjit joined the Board in September 2016. Prior to this, he’s been a Minister in the Department of Education, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he had responsibility for local government, planning and the fire service.
He was also a founding board member of the Gloucester Urban Regeneration Company (2004-2010), which delivered the £1 billion regeneration of the Gloucester Quays. He has a wide range of interests and has been a trustee of several charitable organisations.
In addition to his role as a Group board member, he’s also a member of the ARC and PREMCO committees.
Pat Brandum - Chair of the Development Committee
With more than 30 years’ working within the housing sector and local authorities across the Midlands, Pat, former Chief Executive of WM Housing Group, brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board.
Having joined the Board in 2016, Pat currently holds the role of Senior Independent Director. In addition to this role, Pat is the Development Committee chair, overseeing Longhurst Group’s development plans.
Pat was instrumental in establishing the original West Mercia Housing Group in 1998 and oversaw the growth of the organisation through a series of mergers and new home developments over the following 17 years.
In 2013, Pat won the Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Women in Housing Awards.
Stephen has worked within the public, private and voluntary and community sectors across both the East and West Midlands. Key areas of work include SME business development, community engagement, social enterprise and urban regeneration. He spent 20 years as a Fire Officer, focusing primarily on specialist fire prevention work.
Stephen’s focus is to oversee and support the alignment of the Group’s business culture. He’s responsible for ensuring that the Group’s 2025 strategy, vision and values are reflected within how Longhurst Group manages its people and works with its customers.