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Executive Directors

Brian Cronin BA FCCA

Group Chief Executive

Brian was appointed as Group Chief Executive of the Your Housing Group on 1st April 2012 which was a newly formed organisation resulting from the merger of Harvest Housing Group and Arena Housing Group of which Brian was Group Chief Executive. Your Housing Group manages more than 28,000 units based in and across the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands and is one of the largest housing providers’ nationally.

As well as providing general needs accommodation the Your Housing Group provides care and support to over 6,000 units, mainly to older people particularly through its Extra care Villages.

Brian was the founding Chair of Fusion21, which brought together seven leading Associations to jointly procure maintenance. Over its 10 year life the multi award winning Fusion21 has created employment opportunities for hundreds of unemployed people as well as introducing intelligent procurement concepts.  He was also founding Chair of Procurement for Housing (PfH), the national procurement agency for housing organisations that is jointly sponsored by the CIH and NHF through Housemark. In addition Brian sits on the Board of Positive Futures North Liverpool Ltd and Liverpool Community College.

Michael Finister-Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Michael Finister-SmithMike is a retired chartered public finance accountant with over 25 years’ experience in the social housing sector.

This has included over 15 years in roles on Executive leadership teams. He was Group Director of Corporate Services at Waterloo Housing Group and Group Director of Resources at Acclaim Housing Group and Willow Park Housing Trust.

Since his retirement, Mike has continued his involvement in the sector as a board member in a number of social housing providers. He is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at both Ongo Housing Group in Lincolnshire and Broadland Housing Group based in Norfolk. He has recently been involved in working groups in the development of the risk assurance frameworks, new governance structures and for raising new finance.

Outside of work, although he is a parent to four adult children and seven grandchildren, none of them still live in the family home, so he now lives in a far more relaxed environment with his wife and two Labradoodles, in between attempts to play tennis, reading and watching his football team lose consistently.

Dawn Williams

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

Dawn is a business leader, who has experience working with Executive teams and Boards on company strategy, business planning and transformation. With a background as a chartered accountant, she has a solutions focus and a proven ability to create innovative, forward looking corporate plans – taking a big picture approach, designing and implementing business architecture and change projects.

Dawn has previously been our Interim Chief Operating Officer, having earlier worked at United Utilities, where she was responsible for the growth strategy of the company’s Bio-resources business.