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Executive Directors


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 34,000 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 Steve Biko HA, Positive Futures North Liverpool Ltd and Liverpool Community College.

John Cogbill

Executive Director of Core Housing

John Cogbill

John has been involved in the Housing and Construction industry for over 30 years. John spent his early years working as a trainee Quantity Surveyor and then after Qualifying moved into Asset Management working in Local Government and then with a number of Housing Associations ending as a Director with a large London and South East Based association.

Prior to joining YHG John worked as a Consultant with Savills for 10 years and specialised in providing effective asset management strategies and solutions, developing and undertaking, organisational change and structure design, Leading on the delivery of Large Scale Voluntary Transfers including stock survey, investment planning and building business plans, advising on active asset Investment and divestment solutions and the end to end process of managing large property portfolios.  John was also one of Savills National lead consultants delivering procurement solutions from small locally based Repairs & Maintenance contracts to several of the largest repairs and investment projects in the Country. 

John enjoys his time away from work playing golf and Cricket and is until recently was a Committee Member for his local Cricket team. 

Stephen Haigh

Executive Director of Specialist Housing

Stephen Haigh

Stephen is the Executive Director of Specialist Housing at Your Housing Group, one of the UK largest Housing Providers, with an asset base of over 33,000 properties across the North West.

Stephen’s responsibilities include the growth and operational performance of Development and Growth, Older People’s Services including 18 Retirement Living developments, Supported Housing – housing for young and vulnerable young people and the Commercial Housing division which includes the Group’s private brands – Hive specialising in PRS and Peachtree the private sale and rental retirement living offering, Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) and Facilities Management.

Over the past 15 years Stephen has been Managing Director of a number of private and PLC development businesses including Avestus Real Estate, Gleeson, Antler and Allen. Most recently before joining YHG and based in Prague, he was responsible for an institutional fund investing in pan- European real estate. The focus was to develop offices, shopping malls and residential across 8 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Jeremy Earnshaw

Executive Director for Finance & ICT

Jeremy Earnshaw

Jeremy joined Your Housing Group as Executive Director for Finance & ICT in February 2014.

Jeremy has extensive Main Board experience in multiple sectors gained over 20 years in industry, including Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing and Distribution. Having graduated in Engineering from Leeds University, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, and is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Jeremy has worked in a wide variety of organisations, including 10 years as Chief Financial Officer of The Intercare Group plc, a fully listed entity which reached a market capitalisation upon sale of £ 320m. His professional specialisms include fund raising and corporate finance, having managed large scale equity and debt fund raisings in each of the PLC, Private Equity and Venture Capital arenas.


Executive Director of Strategy, Performance and Change

Kate formally joined Your Housing Group as Executive Director of Strategy, Performance and Change in January 2016 although had been working with Your Housing Group in a Business Transformation Consultancy capacity since August 2014. Having spent the last 9 years working as a Management Consultant both independently and with London based PML Group, Kate has worked as a PM trouble-shooter and transformational advisor and change lead with over 30+ clients within the public, not for profit and private sectors.

Specialising in recent years in delivering efficiencies for property and social housing clients, Kate brings a fresh approach to unlocking value within organisations and has spoken at several London based Charted Institute of Business (CIB) events and written papers for Canterbury Christ Church University on the subject of Shared Service design for their Post Graduate courses. Kate has acted as interim Manager and Director for both Contracting and Client side organisations in the Housing sector and has also worked in-conjunction with London Area Procurement Network (LAPN) and has provided tender, bid evaluation and Contract Partnering advise to clients such as Vinci Construction, Morrison FS, Breyer, Ian Williams, Apollo, Kier, Miers, Connaught, several London based Local Authorities and Housing Associations in addition to various departments within Transport for London (TFL).