LMH Group’s board directs the affairs of the group and ensures its functions are property carried out.
Meet the passionate professionals who sit on the board:
Paul Burns (Chair)
Paul Burns (Chair)
Paul joined the LMH Board in April 2017 as our new Chair.
As a barrister and Head of the Local Government and Social Housing Department at Exchange Chambers in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, Paul brings with him a wealth of expertise in the not-for-profit housing sector. His knowledge in such areas as housing management, property law and human rights together with his clear focus on governance will be a major asset at Board level.
Steve’s academic and working life began in the areas of Civil Engineering and Law but he eventually found his way into the Social Housing Sector through regeneration. LMH is the third stock transfer housing association he has worked for but it is also his dream job.
Having been born and raised in a Liverpool Council house, he was extremely proud when he was appointed as LMH’s first Chief Executive and became responsible for negotiating the transfer of housing stock from Liverpool City Council.
Following the transfer, and the successful delivery of promises, Steve and his team have contributed to creating a robust financial base for LMH and to building new homes, as well as diversifying the range of activities carried out by the LMH Group.
Gordon, now retired, 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.
Gordon is a planner by training but with extensive property market and development knowledge. His early experience ranging from local planning in Shetland to leading a team preparing regional plans in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick and being involved with strategic policy with Tyne and Wear County Council based in Newcastle.
He was with the Department of the Environment working on strategic planning policy for Merseyside and held the position of Director of Development at the Central Manchester Development Corporation throughout the life of the Corporation.
For twelve years he established and ran the Regeneration Consultancy Department at international property consultants King Sturge LLP (now Jones Lang LaSalle). Before retiring in 2012 he ran his own Regeneration consultancy.
Gordon has extensive experience of Housing Associations having spent almost 20 years as an independent member on the Boards of Collingwood, Contour and Symphony Housing Associations/Groups. He has been chair of Contour Housing and of Contour Property Services. He also served as a Board Member of the Lowry Development Trust and of the Digital World Centre based in Salford Quays.
Sarah Jane Saunders
Sarah Jane Saunders
Sarah Jane recently joined LMH Board and has over 18 years’ experience of working in social housing. She began her career as a Graduate Housing Management trainee with Wirral Borough Council, moving onto Regenda Homes and most recently One Vision Housing. She also has experience of working for a small housing association in the Republic of Ireland.
She has a wide range of skills and knowledge of housing management, having worked in a variety of roles ranging from Housing Officer to Operational Director - Neighbourhoods.
She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Andrew recently joined the Board and has almost 30 years’ experience of working in the Social Housing Sector and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Andrew brings a wealth of experience based on 30 years working across all sectors within housing (public, private and voluntary) and has considerable experience of working with boards and committees of housing organisations.
Andrew has a degree in housing and has worked in consultancy for a large part of his career and this includes working on a number of innovative and creative projects as well as gaining direct housing management experience.
Andrew has also served as President of the Chartered Institute of Housing and had the opportunity to visit housing and regeneration agencies in Europe, USA and Canada, as well as Hong Kong and China.
Paula joined LMH Board in July 2013 and brings a wealth of experience, having worked in Corporate Finance for more than 17 years with Ernst & Young and latterly PKF.
Throughout her career, Paula has worked with a wide range of clients in a variety of sectors and has gained considerable private equity experience.
She has led a variety of major deals in the region – the most recent completed deals include acting as financial advisor to the board of Liverpool Football Club on the £174 million disposal to Gillett and Hicks and the £16m merger and refinancing of Vittoria & Westminster Park Healthcare.
Paula is a member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee.
Greg was appointed to the board in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience with him. He is currently Managing Director of Warner House, a growing facilities management business operating a broad base of services across the North West with around 1000 customers and 70 members of staff. Prior to this Greg spent 20 years in the hospitality industry as MD of two thriving hotels that were members of the sales and marketing consortium Best Western Hotels GB.
Greg holds a MSc Degree in Leadership & Management from the University of South Wales and a BSc degree in Hospitality and Business Management from Sheffield Hallam University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants, a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Greg has historically served on the boards at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and St George's Hall Charitable Trust.
Greg is Chair of the Group Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Group Audit & Risk committee.
I have been a sheltered housing resident with LMH for 6 years, during which time I have seen a total transformation of our housing scheme from “habitable” to 4 star hotel quality.
I was born in Anfield and after a successful career in the Army and civilian life, living all over Western Europe I have come full circle and now reside in Everton.
I am totally committed to the LMH ethos of affordable, high quality housing provision and ongoing development of local communities and I want to help shape LMH’s medium and long term business plans to support this going forward.
I am also involved in Liverpool City Council’s Older People’s Forum, striving towards making Liverpool a world class age friendly city.
Neil is a qualified chartered accountant and has been a valued member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee since 2013.
As part of his role as Assurance Manager at Grant Thornton UK Neil managed a portfolio of clients that included housing providers from group level to smaller traditional social landlords. Neil currently works as an accountant for the IDH Group.
Neil has excellent accounting technical knowledge as well as a sound understanding of governance, internal controls and risk management processes.