Group Board

Longhurst Group has a Board comprised of nine members including the Group Chief Executive, Julie Doyle. They are responsible for strategic direction of the business and ensuring that it delivers good financial and operational performance to meet the needs of customers, regulators, commissioners and other stakeholders.

Bob Wilson

Assistant Director of the National Housing Federation for more than 10 years, Bob joined the Board on his retirement. After qualifying as an accountant 40 years ago, Bob amassed extensive experience within local government and the utility sectors.

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

In less than three years as Chief Executive of Longhurst Group, Julie Doyle has ensured 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 has 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 has 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 1,200 colleagues work together as ‘One Team’ with ‘One Vision’.


Angie Morris

With a significant understanding of the role housing can play in the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community, Angie joined the Board 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 a number of public sector organisations and charities.

With a passion for high-quality, responsive and safe care, she is also a trustee of a Peterborough-based charity that supports adults with learning difficulties.


Gabriel Behr

A chartered account with more than 20 years’ experience – 15 of which have been spent in Chief Financial Officer roles – Gabriel joined the Board in 2019.

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 has been involved in a real estate start-up in the emerging Co-Living sector.


Jenny Brown 

Jenny joined the board in 2019, bringing with 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 roles, including its National Head of Social Housing and, latterly, Chief Not for Profit Operating Officer.

She is now Managing Director at Jemblewren Limited, working with key organisations in the housing and not-for-profit sectors.


Parmjit Dhanda

Parmjit has 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.


Pat Brandum - Chair of Keystone

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.

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 Wenham 

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.


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