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Longhurst Group makes new appointments to two committees

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve made key appointments on two of our committees.

Ted Pearce has joined the Development and Asset Investment Committee, while Tony Oakley has been added to the Finance and Treasury Committee.

The two appointments bring additional skills and experience to the committees which will enhance the strength of both groups.

Ted has worked in the property and construction industries for more than 40 years. He said the chance to use his experience to “give something back” was a key driver to him joining the committee.

He added: “The UK finds itself in a housing crisis and I believe that being able to afford a good quality home is important.

“Longhurst Group is doing so much to deliver for its customers and I felt this role meant I could help make a difference to the journey.

“A home enables so many things in life and working with Longhurst Group to continue to deliver for its customers is a lovely challenge. I want to use my experience to give something back – that’s a key driver for me.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with great people throughout my career and the chance to share what I’ve learned from this experience is a fabulous opportunity and one I’m keen to get started with.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know our homes, our people and our customers and I can’t wait to roll my sleeves up and contribute to the overall aim of the Group of improving the lives of our customers.”

Meanwhile, Tony has had a close working relationship with the Group since 2004 having worked with Spire Homes in one of his previous roles as a Relationship Director for a bank.

He said he’s always been impressed by the Group’s ambitions and determination to deliver for its customers and is looking forward to bringing his expertise to the role.

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When retiring, I knew that if I was going to join a Board or committee, it’d be one I had an affinity with. There were only a few organisations like that and Longhurst Group was definitely one of those.

Tony added: “I’ve known lots of the senior team for a long time and I’ve always had an affinity with the way the business is run and its aspirations and what it aims to deliver.

“I’ve always felt the Group is customer focussed and customer driven and I’ve admired the ability it has of delivering what it says it’s going to do.

“When retiring, I knew that if I was going to join a Board or committee, it’d be one I had an affinity with. There were only a few organisations like that and Longhurst Group was definitely one of those.

“I want to bring my 20 years’ experience of finance and working in the treasury aspect of working with housing associations into play.

“Not many people know how housing associations have got from where they started to where they are now, but I do. With my banking background, that experience will also help me.
“I want to bring my experience and knowledge together, along with my passion for housing associations, and help Longhurst Group continue to develop and grow to achieve more for our customers.

“What I’ve seen so far is good. I’ve met the Board and the quality and passion among all members of the Longhurst Group team enthuses you to give as much as you can to help the organisation to continue to deliver into the future.

“I’m pleased to be on board and I’ll give whatever I can to help us have a successful future.”

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