Our Board is responsible for making plans and setting the direction of the company. This includes taking key decisions and approving our budget and accounts.
Their experience and knowledge of the sector means we have an excellent base to secure new opportunities and expand further.
Pat Brandum - Chair
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.
Alan joined the Board at Longhurst Group after stepping down from his role as Chief Executive of Axiom Housing following the merger.
He began his housing career in London in the 1980’s and was appointed Chief Executive of Axiom in March 2009, following his previous role as Regional Director of Sanctuary Housing Group for the East of England.
During his time as Chief Executive, Alan oversaw a doubling of turnover, the development of a diverse range of general needs, special needs and new extra care schemes.
Alan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Housing Association’s Strategic Group as well as being a member of the NHS Employee Wellbeing Consultative Group and National Housing Federation’s Housing and Health Group.
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 residents 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.
Stephen has 40 years’ experience at a senior level across public, private and voluntary and community sectors, including working with and for local authorities with a wide strategic partnership remit.
Key areas of work include creative industries business development, community engagement, social enterprise and urban regeneration. Strong partnership and relationship management experience allied with strategic visioning and implementation.
Becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2015, Rob has been Chief Financial Officer since 2006 and leads the Group’s Finance and Treasury Teams including risk management and audit. Since joining the organisation in 1994 Rob has acquired a comprehensive understanding of the sector and wider business needs of the Group. Most recently Rob led on the completion of a £250m own named debut Bond issue in 2012.
Elsewhere, Rob Chairs the National Housing Federation Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) working party and in 2011 was appointed as an observer to the Financial Reporting Councils’ Committee on Accounting for Public Benefit Entities. Rob is also Chair of the East Midlands Finance Forum and a member of NHF’s Finance & Policy Advisory Group.
With a career in the housing sector spanning almost 40 years, Jim brings a wealth of experience to the Committee.
Chairman of the National Housing Federation’s East Midlands Development group for nearly a decade, Jim served as Executive Director for Development at East Midlands Housing (EMH) Group for 18 years before his retirement in January 2018.
During that time, he was responsible for running a £45m annual capital programme and overseeing the development of around 400 homes every year.
Having worked for four separate housing associations throughout his career, Jim has a firm belief that decent affordable housing is key to helping people build their lives and improve their opportunities.