The team - Executive management

Torus needs the highest calibre of leadership, vision and energy to realise its aspirations. The Torus Executive Management Team and Board were appointed in late 2014. They took up their official Torus roles on 1 April 2015.

Executive Management team:

Day to day the strategic direction of Torus and its operational activities is run by an experienced and talented Executive Management Team. You can find out more about the team below:

Rob Young

Group Chief Executive

I’ve worked in housing for more than 40 years across the North West in a range of operational, strategic and executive level roles. I was appointed as Chief Executive of Helena Partnerships at the point of transfer from St Helens Council and am proud to have created and led an ambitious, award winning and high performing company which has a strong partnership ethos and fantastic culture at its core.

In my new role as Group Chief Executive I will be focussed on overseeing the strategic direction, development and performance of the new group.


Liz Haworth

Group Director of Transformation and Delivery

I joined Helena in 2002 from a Head of Communications role at a large metropolitan council. I’ve played a key role in developing the company, establishing a strong and distinctive brand, a sound reputation as a partner of choice and high levels of customer satisfaction. I’ve led on a range of ambitious change projects including the customer contact centre, neighbourhood management and development of tenant governance and scrutiny arrangements.

My new Torus role will focus on leading the transformation of Helena and GGHT, developing a strong brand and culture for Torus and managing the IT, communications, organisational development and business intelligence functions.


Howard Roberts

Group Director of Finance and Investment

I’m a chartered accountant with considerable financial and resourcing expertise in the public and private sectors. For the last decade I have worked at executive and board level within the housing sector leading the multi disciplines of finance, risk management, governance and regulation, information systems, and organisational development. I’ve also resolved numerous mergers and acquisitions, developing expertise in corporate reorganisation and reconstruction.

In my new Torus role I will focus on developing the group’s financial capacity and credit strength, streamlining group investment and funding plans, procurement and growing and diversifying our new build and new business offer.


Allen Barber

Group Director of Business Support

I have over 25 years’ experience in financial management working in the public and housing sectors. I specialise in internal audit, management accounting and financial planning. I joined GGHT when it was established as Warrington Council’s Arms-Length Management Organisation (ALMO) in 2004. I previously worked as a principal accountant at Warrington Borough Council, and in finance roles at Wigan and Knowsley Councils.

In recent years my role has expanded to cover governance, business assurance and organisational development.

In my new role I will lead on financial control, business assurance and regulation, risk, governance, performance and value for money.