With more than 35 years’ experience working in housing services, regeneration, planning, cohesion, environmental services and economic development, Andy is leading the Board as ForViva consolidates its considerable achievements and looks to the future. Andy has chaired the Group Board since 2012.
He retired, after a brief spell as Interim Chief Executive, from the post of Executive Director at a large metropolitan local authority. He has a wide experience in community development, strategy and planning and organisational development, as well as an understanding of the challenges large organisations face in complex social and political environments.
He is a trained mediator and a community mentor in his home town and chairs a local young people’s music trust. Outside work Andy's interests include music, reading and cycling. Andy knows nothing about football.
Andy believes passionately in ForViva’s vision of Improved Lives and is constantly looking for new ways to make it a reality.
Stephen is Deputy Chair of the ForViva Group Board and also chairs the ForHousing Board. He’s played a key governance role for almost 12 years in either a board or advisory role.
Stephen is founder of the consultancy practice Change Development Solutions based on his significant experience in leading teams through times of major change.
Previously Chief Executive then Managing Director of Space New Living (part of the Great Places Housing Group), a registered social landlord based in Salford, Stephen has valuable experience of running a not-for-profit housing organisation.
The many skills he brings include strategic management, operational development and change management. Stephen is also a governor of the University of Central Lancashire.
Dr Roz Fox
Roz is passionate about improving lives and developing sustainable communities. She is a ForViva Group member, Deputy Chair of the ForHousing Board and Chair of the ForViva Audit and Risk Committee. She has been a board member since 2011 when she joined as a Leaseholder and has been a past Member of the Community Impact Hub.
Roz is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Public Services and teaches on this programme and the Master's in Public Administration. She is also Placement Coordinator and liaises with public sector, charities, social enterprises and the voluntary and community sectors to create placement opportunities for first, second and sandwich year undergraduate and post graduate students.
Robin has over forty years' professional experience in the residential property sector. When he was made redundant at the age of 61, he made the decision to increase his public and charitable activities devoting his time to ForViva, serving as a Councillor on Salford City Council and on other bodies such as Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
Robin regards the wishes of the community as paramount and strongly believes that consultation is the only way to achieve improvements needed by the local community. On this basis whether it be the local council and its various agencies or a housing provider, he believes the community and people must always come first.
It is because Robin wants to make sure that the correct services are provided and people treated in the way they deserve, that he became the interim Chair helping to establish construction firm City West Works Limited (later ForWorks) and becoming Chair until its merger with Liberty in 2018. He has recently been appointed chair of the ForViva Development Committee. Robin believes if ForViva is to continue to offer benefits and services which are important to people then it must grow and widen its activities for the ultimate benefit of tenants.
Nora Ann Heery
Nora Ann has spent her career working in the NHS having joined as a graduate trainee. She qualified as an accountant with the NHS and has held a range of finance roles in NHS organisations, predominately in the north west. She has operated at Director of Finance level for over 20 years, including Wirral Community Trust, Aintree University Hospital, and University Hospital of South Manchester. Nora Ann is a member of CIPFA.
The skills she brings to the board include financial management, commercial acumen, strong corporate governance experience and a keen desire to develop the inter-dependencies between the health and housing sectors.
Outside of work her interests include gardening, theatre and foreign travel when the time permits.
Ian is the Executive Director of Asset Services for the Riverside Group where he is responsible for the maintenance of their 55,000 homes and for the Group's wholly owned subsidiary contractor, Evolve.
Ian has previously worked for Midland Heart, Parkway Green, The Regenda Group, Guinness Northern Counties and Harvest Housing Group.
As well as being a ForViva board member, he previously sat on the board of Green Vale Homes, part of The Together Group, and also sat on the board of the Housing Diversity Network for 10 years - three of which he served as Chair. The Housing Diversity Network is a membership-based organisation that enables registered providers to deliver diversity within their business.
Martin was part of a team and then Managing Director of a leading public sector and utilities outsourcing business that saw the business grow from an annual turnover of £5m to over £1bn during which he developed and honed his business, commercial and people leadership skills. He has considerable experience in strategic acquisitions, a wide experience of public-private partnerships and joint venture partnership working.
Along with the ability to recognise and balance the needs of all stakeholders to lead and grow a substantial and diverse service business Martin has a proven track record in handing complex negotiations with central government and their local agents as well as establishing local authority joint working. Martin brings a breadth of commercial and business experience from a variety of sectors.
Martin is part of a management team that has a number of business interests in the north west. Away from work he has a close affinity with his local football team and is a keen cyclist, runner and walker with strong links to serving his local community.
Catherine has over 15 years' experience in senior financial management positions across a broad range of sectors including banking, housing, social care, not for profit and most recently the legal sector. Currently she's the Finance Director for an award winning top 150 law firm in the UK, Stephensons Solicitors LLP. She has a track record for building best in class finance functions and driving financial performance and success throughout any business.
Catherine has experience in pricing, contract negotiation, management, staff integration under TUPE, pension arrangements, treasury and long term financial planning. She is also a qualified accountant, a member of CIMA and has held a number of board positions in the housing sector.