The team - Torus Board

Torus needs the highest calibre of leadership, vision and energy to realise its aspirations. The Torus Group Board was appointed in May 2018 and took up their roles on January 1st 2019.

Here are the people who make up the Torus Board:

Graham Burgess

Chair

As Chair of the Board, Graham oversees and ensures high standards of governance, and provides appropriate levels of challenge and support to the Executive Team.

He has over 40 years of Local Government service and has served at National and Regional level with the National Association of Local Government Officers. Graham was Chief Executive of Wirral Council between 2012 and 2015 and Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Council for six years.

He chairs several health organisations across Lancashire.

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Paul Burns

Vice Chair

Paul is an experienced barrister and leader in Local Government and Social Housing law. His knowledge of Housing Management, Property Law and Human Rights, together with his extensive board experience and clear focus on governance, is a major asset at Board level.

Paul holds the highest available independent rankings in his areas of specialism with The Legal 500 2018 and Chambers UK 2018, is Head of Local Government & Social Housing at Exchange Chambers (Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds) and is one of the Attorney General’s Counsel appointed to advise and represent Government departments.

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Ian Clayton

Board member

Ian’s early career included 14 years with the Alvis group of companies in board level positions focused on financial and general management. Since 2002, he has worked for a range of not-for-profit organisations involved in Social Housing, Health, Education and Training.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants, Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a Common Purpose graduate, Ian is the Finance Director of a healthcare organisation and sits on several boards and committees.

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Duncan Craig

Board member

A Professional Mechanical / Electrical Engineer, Duncan retired from Westinghouse Electric Company in 2012 after 35 years in the nuclear industry.

Roles at Vice President level included global process re-engineering and manufacturing operations improvement. He previously worked for BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels) and was Site Director of the Springfields nuclear facility in Lancashire. Duncan is a Trustee Director of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and a Business Mentor with the Brathay Trust / University of Cumbria Aspiring Leaders Programme (ALP).

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Christine Fallon

Board member

Christine has worked in Housing for over 30 years, starting out in Developments at a number of large London-based affordable housing providers and later specialising in retirement housing for sale and rent at Housing 21.

After a period of time at the HCA, she set up Affordable Homes Consultancy, which provides specialist development consultancy services to affordable housing providers, local authorities and housing developers. Christine also advises local authorities on developing new homes for rent and sale.

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Greg Gottig

Board member

Greg has over 20 years’ experience in hospitality, managing hotels with Best Western Hotels GB. He is currently Managing Director of Warner House, a growing facilities management business with 70 staff and over 1,000 customers across the North West, and the cleaning services company Facilco.

Professional qualifications include a Masters Degree in Leadership and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Greg has served on the boards at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust and St George’s Hall Charitable Trust.

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Andrew Gray

Board member

Andrew has 30 years’ experience in the Social Housing sector, working as a consultant to housing organisations across England, Scotland and Wales.

A former Director of RDHS, Managing Director of Consult CIH and President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, he became Managing Director of the North West consultancy Hillcroft Partners in 2009 and Business Development Manager of Fusion21 in April 2017. Andrew specialises in customer insight and has significant experience within housing association boards and committees.

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Robert Hepworth MBE

Board member

A retired Chartered Surveyor (FRICS), Bob was an Executive Director at St Helens Council between 1989 and 2014 where he led the strategy that regenerated large areas of the Borough, including the Building Schools for the Future programme.

He is experienced in complex HR and Financial management, having been responsible for a multi-million pound budget for over 25 years. Bob has also been actively involved in four Merseyside Regional Development Programmes, which have helped to transform Liverpool City Region.

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Gordon Hood

Board member

Gordon has over 35 years’ experience in planning, urban regeneration, economic development, housing, public sector funding and project management, working in central and local government and in the private sector.

A planner by training, he developed strategic planning policy for Merseyside with the Department of the Environment and was Director of Development at Central Manchester Development Corporation. Gordon established the Regeneration Consultancy Department at King Sturge LLP (now Jones Lang LaSalle) and ran his own regeneration consultancy before retiring in 2012.

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Paula McGrath

Board member

Paula is a qualified accountant and has worked in Corporate Finance for more than 20 years. She is a member of the CF Faculty of the ICAEW and has gained the industry’s Corporate Finance accreditation.

She has considerable private equity experience and has led a variety of major North West transactions, including acting as financial advisor to the Board of Liverpool Football Club on the £174m disposal to Gillett and Hicks and the secondary buy-out of Secured Group. Since joining Brabners Corporate Finance in 2011 to head up their Deal Advisory team she has acted on a number of significant deals, leading the Integrated Corporate Finance Approach with Brabners Legal Team.

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Sarah Jane Saunders

Board member

Sarah Jane has 20 years’ experience in Social Housing, having begun her career as a Graduate Housing Management trainee with Wirral Council, before moving to Regenda Homes, One Vision Housing and a Housing Association in the Republic of Ireland.

She has wide ranging expertise in Housing Management and Regeneration, having worked in roles ranging from Housing Officer, Project Manager and latterly Operational Director – Customers & Neighbourhoods. Sarah Jane has a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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