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 became the ForHousing Board Chair on the 1st April 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Group Chief Executive
Colette believes in a better way to do business. One that gives back, does great things and uses profits for good.
She is the driving force behind ForViva's mission to challenge inequality and make a difference to people's lives.
Awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to the community, Colette is a prominent equal rights campaigner.
She is passionate about ending homelessness and leads the Group's strategic approach in this area.
An inspirational and charismatic leader, Colette has a wealth of experience setting up award-winning teams and strategic partnerships in the police, housing and private sector.
Group Chief Operating Officer
Mike is focused on delivering the Group’s strategy for the benefit of tenants and customers, ensuring an agile corporate service that supports front line delivery. He also oversees the organisation’s commercial activity.
Mike joined ForHousing in August 2014 from North Wales Police where he worked as Director of Finance and Resource since 2007. He has worked in various roles in both the public and private sector including civil engineering, contracting, further education and newspapers.
Mike’s significant experience is crucial in enabling the organisation to create the economic value that continually improves the wellbeing of communities.
Senior Independent Director
Steve has spent over 35 years in the Banking sector, all with Barclays Bank here in the North West. His first role was as a cashier at Walkden branch and over the years he has managed various teams and divisions within the organisation, although his career has predominantly been spent serving UK corporate clients. Since 2014 he has specialised in supporting Social Housing providers from the bank’s Manchester offices in Spinningfields.
Previously an Associate of the Institute of Bankers, he brings considerable experience in treasury management, funding negotiations, corporate governance and an appreciation of regulatory requirements to the organisation.
Having retired in 2019 Steve now enjoy more time walking, gardening and following his beloved Leigh Centurions Rugby League team.