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Our leadership team

Strategic Leadership Team
Louise Swain - Group Chief Executive

Louise has worked within social housing for over 20 years, 12 of these at senior management level and she has extensive experience of contributing to strategic partnerships and of delivering major change and modernisation projects. Louise is also a member of the Alliance Board.

She is passionate about social justice and delivering services and homes that customers rate as excellent. Prior to joining the Group Louise was Executive Director Customer Services at Curo Group. Louise has also worked as Operations Director at Gloucester Housing Association and in a variety of roles for Somer Community Housing Trust, Guinness Trust and Knightstone Housing. She has also held a number of Non-Executive Director roles.

Katrina Michael - Chief Finance Officer

Katrina is a qualified finance and governance professional with over 20 years’ experience at director level and above. She has extensive experience of effecting business improvement and change management including the setting up of a new housing association as part of a stock transfer.  More recently, Katrina has been responsible for a programme of business improvement for a housing group. Katrina is experienced at Board level having been a Non-Executive Director at various national organisations in Wales as well as working with Boards at an executive level.

In her current role Katrina has overall responsibility for finance, development and asset management.

Jane Carne - Director of People & Change

Jane has over 20 years' experience in change management, stakeholder management, sales effectiveness, project management, consultancy, facilitation, Six Sigma and procurement. 

Jane began her career in procurement and was previously Chief Procurement Officer at Cendant. More recently Jane has spent a number of years working with Travelport - a technology solutions provider for the global travel industry in roles including business change and sales and transformation.

Jane has worked in a variety of roles across Europe and the US helping companies to translate strategic initiatives into practical projects to deliver organisational growth, improve staff productivity and increase margins.

Philippa Armstrong-Owen - Director of Governance and Compliance

Pip is Alliance Homes’ Director of Governance and Compliance. Her role includes Board and Organisational Governance, Risk Management, Audit, Data Protection and scrutiny of Landlord and Employer Health and Safety matters.

She brings with her 10 years’ experience of working in the housing sector prior to joining Alliance, with a focus on embedding governance, corporate compliance and risk within the business.

She also has experience from the private sector where, as a qualified company secretary, she has worked for both FTSE top 50 and AIM listed companies.

Pip is the Group's Company Secretary.

Liz Griffiths – Director of Community Services

Liz has over 17 years’ experience in social care, housing and support services previously holding both operational and strategic roles. 

Prior to starting her role in the Strategic Leadership Team, Liz was the former Care Director of Alliance Living Care. She has also previously worked for the Sanctuary Group and Housing & Care 21.

Her role includes managing Alliance Living Care and all other non-landlord services including support, employment and neighbourhoods.

Iain Lock - Director of Investment

Iain has over 12 years’ experience of property Development and Regeneration within the social housing sector.

Prior to his role within the strategic leadership team he was the Head of Investment for Alliance Homes. He’s also worked for Homes England, Bromford and Forward Swindon.

Iain is a Non-Executive Director and Chair for the Gloucester City Homes Commercial and Development Committee

Operational Leadership Team

Cath Pullin - Head of Customer Experience (Housing Services)

Christopher Pullin - Head of Treasury & Financial Planning

Claire Lang - Head of Communications

Jo Way - Head of Financial Services

Many Summers - Head of Community Services

Michelle Durkin - Head of ICT & Business Change

Mike Duncan - Head of HR

Naomi Sweeting - Head of Business Insights and Performance

Neal Edmonds - Head of Service (Home Repairs)

Nick James - Procurement, Purchasing and Payment Manager

Sheba Franklin - Head of Organisational Development