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

Rob is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, having qualified in 1980.

Rob has worked in housing for more than 40 years across the North West in a range of operational, strategic and executive level roles. He was appointed as Chief Executive of HP at the point of transfer from St Helens Council and is 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 his role as Group Chief Executive Rob is focussed on overseeing the strategic direction, development and performance of the Group.

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Liz Haworth

Group Director of Delivery and Transformation

Liz joined Helena Partnerships in 2002 and has held a number of executive director roles within the company, becoming Group Director for Delivery and Transformation when the Torus group was formed in 2015. Since then she has led an ambitious integration and transformation programme which has delivered over £7 million in efficiency savings, integrated 27 IT systems across the group into seven and achieved Investor in People Gold for Torus.

Her responsibilities include the In House Contractor, frontline housing services, social investment, organisational development, IT, brand and communications. She has led on the digital transformation of customer services, including an innovative customer portal with automated repairs reporting capability. Liz is a board member of St Helens Chamber and has previously held a board position with a specialist housing provider.

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Howard Roberts

Group Director Finance & Investment

Howard is a chartered accountant with considerable financial and resourcing expertise in the public and private sectors. He started his career in private accountancy practices specialising in the provision of business advisory, corporate finance and audit services to a range of clients. For the last decade he has 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. He has also resolved numerous mergers and acquisitions, developing expertise in corporate reorganisation and reconstruction.

In his Torus role Howard is focused on business planning and capacity, investment and funding, company viability, growth and diversification.

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Allen Barber

Group Business Support Director

Allen has over 25 years’ experience working in the public and housing sectors specialising in financial management, risk and governance. He is a qualified accountant and joined GGHT when it was established as Warrington Council’s Arms-Length Management Organisation (ALMO) in 2004 and continued as the Director of Business Services after the stock transfer in 2010, where his role expanded to cover governance and business assurance.

Allen has led the business support function since Torus was formed and ensures appropriate systems, controls and activities are in place to ensure Torus remains a viable and sustainable business, delivers value for money, meets regulatory requirements and supports its front line services to takes its opportunities and achieve its objectives. He specifically leads on financial operations, governance, legal services, business assurance, risk and safety.

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