The Group Board

Bob Wilson

Chair

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 and 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.

Ann Stanley

Ann Stanley is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants and has held senior finance roles in a diverse range of organisations in the private, public and not for profit sector.

A fluent French speaker, Ann has worked as an accountant in the European Parliament in Brussels, in senior management at the BBC and HM Prison Service, and as a Finance Executive at both Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent Universities.  Ann has also worked as a consultant in the voluntary sector in Sheffield and Nottingham.

Ann currently sits on the Board of an NHS Foundation Trust, where she chairs the Audit and Assurance Committee.

Clive Barnett

Chair of Libra

With 20 years’ experience of the social housing finance market, Clive has amassed substantial knowledge of risk management, financial products and business development, as well as commercial real estate development. As the former Head of Housing Finance with RBS, Clive has been involved in many of the sector’s major transactions, including the first stock transfers and the securitisation of the Housing Corporation Loan Book.

With a well-established reputation, Clive is widely recognised as a leading figure in the market and is a regular speaker at housing conferences. 

Daniel Elkins

With a wealth of experience from both public and private sectors, Daniel has built a consultancy business that specialises in large-scale transformational change, primarily for the NHS. 

Daniel started his career in banking, raising money for housing associations and other corporates.  He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers delivering large scale, global outsourcing contracts.  Daniel joined a start-up IT services business as Chief Executive raising venture capital, developing it into a multi-million-pound business with global customers and operations in Europe, Asia and Australia.

A certified executive and founder of Productive People LLP, Daniel is passionate about how people can work together to produce amazing results.

Hilary Lindsay

Hilary is among those who joined Longhurst Group following the merger with Axiom, having served as the Chair of its Board since 2015.

She is a chartered accountant and was the 2016/17 President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is also a doctoral supervisor and researcher at The Open University.

Having been involved in social housing for over a decade, Hilary has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the sector and is passionate about giving opportunities to all and helping to create a fairer society.

Julie Doyle

Chief Executive

With over 25 years' experience in the housing sector, Julie became Chief Executive in 2015. Working on the Group’s Business Development Strategy, Julie is committed to ensuring the Group provides excellent services across its areas of operation and that it continues to grow in its role as a leading, dynamic provider of new housing and related services.

Initially joining Longhurst Group in 1995, Julie has played several roles within the organisation and has been particularly influential in securing tenders and stock transfers during her time as Managing Director of  Spire Homes.

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’ of 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

Chair of Homes Board

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.