Group Chief Executive
Colette believes in a better way to do business. One that gives back, does great things and uses profits for good.
She is the driving force behind ForViva’s mission to challenge inequality and make a difference to people’s lives.
Awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to the community, Colette is a prominent equal rights campaigner.
She is passionate about ending homelessness and leads the Group’s strategic approach in this area.
An inspirational and charismatic leader, Colette has a wealth of experience setting up award-winning teams and strategic partnerships in the police, housing and private sector.
Group Chief Operating Officer
Mike is focused on delivering ForHousing’s strategy for the benefit of its tenants and customers, ensuring an agile corporate service that supports front line delivery. He also oversees the organisation’s commercial activity.
Mike joined ForHousing in August 2014 from North Wales Police where he worked as Director of Finance and Resource since 2007. He has worked in various roles in both the public and private sector including civil engineering, contracting, further education and newspapers.
Mike’s significant experience is crucial in enabling ForHousing to create the economic value that continually improves the wellbeing of communities.
ForHousing Managing Director
Henry Terefenko is passionate about reducing health inequalities and improving the economic and social sustainability of communities. In his role as MD he is responsible for all aspects of tenant services, neighbourhood services, maximising income and also ensuring that services delivered on behalf of ForHousing operate effectively.
Henry is a highly regarded, innovative and experienced senior executive with a proven track record of delivering large scale corporate change. He has a wide-ranging knowledge of the housing and construction sectors, having been the Commercial Director of construction company ForWorks before becoming Director of Operations at ForHousing in Ellesmere Port in 2017. More recently, Henry held the role of Group Director of Communities at ForViva.
Director of Neighbourhoods
Martyn heads up neighbourhood services helping to build vibrant, safe and diverse communities across Fylde, Knowsley, Oldham and Salford. This includes responsibility for teams covering the following specialist areas: neighbourhood and tenancy management; community safety; property management; allocations; supported and extra care; community development; tenant voice; and caretaking and cleaning.
Known for his passion for empowering local communities and enabling possibilities, Martyn has over 20 years’ housing experience in a variety of roles. He took up the post of Director of Neighbourhoods in 2018 and is highly regarded for his leadership skills and ambition to make sure tenants are at the heart of everything we do.
Keen to make sure that all tenants have a greater voice, Martyn recognises the importance of and works collaboratively with a range of partners to positively impact people’s lives.
Group Director of Homes
Nigel has over 25 years’ experience working in social housing regeneration and has managed teams delivering a range of asset management services including repairs and maintenance, compliance, specialist services and major improvement programmes.
A Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Nigel has also worked both for contractors and in private practice. At ForHousing, he has led on a number of major procurement exercises, the delivery of large investment programmes, asset management strategy and all compliance functions. He is also responsible for delivering the organisation’s Development programme of over 2,000 new homes across the North West plus its commercial housing activities. He also sits on the Board of another local Housing Association and is committed to providing quality homes, meeting housing need and improving the lives of tenants.
Group Director of Innovation & Excellence
Jenny is passionate about working in partnership to bring about positive change that improves quality of life for individuals and communities. She has 28 years’ experience of working within the fields of Social Care, Health, Community Services, Education, Supported Housing and Regeneration.
Her experience spans statutory, voluntary and the independent sector, managing, driving and delivering high quality, person-centred services that meet and exceed regulatory requirements and strategic business objectives.
Jenny joined the organisation in January 2017 as part of the executive management team focusing attention on aligning strategies, measures, information and communication to achieve business outcomes.
Group Executive Director
With over 18 years’ management experience, including 11 years as a board director, Jenny believes in creating a positive and highly motivating culture.
With responsibility for strategy, governance and health and safety, Jenny adopts a collaborative leadership approach establishing clear goals and strong performance management. She encourages, develops and recognises people in order to drive results and continuous improvement.
With extensive commercial experience working across professional services and contracting organisations, Jenny has led significant growth and diversifications programmes.
She brings enthusiasm and passion to people and projects to make things happen.
A proud mentor, Jenny feels strongly about equal opportunities, unlocking and developing potential and, having a lasting and positive impact on people’s lives.
Group Director ICT
With over 20 years' experience within the housing sector, Mark is passionate about helping others and making a difference.
Following roles in the NHS and for the Queensland Government in Australia, Mark joined the organisation in 2009 where he had held several senior roles before becoming Group Director of ICT in 2018.
With extensive experience of managing a fast-paced and changing ICT landscape, Mark has a proven ability to drive organisational change through ICT.
Mark is responsible for managing significant budgets and leading large-scale projects, including infrastructure upgrades, data centre migrations and major mobilisation projects.
Group Director of People
Debbie is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of the people function and advancing the people agenda, policies and services. As a passionate advocate for equality and fairness, Debbie enjoys using her coaching skills to develop, motivate and positively influence others to facilitate change. The people function is made up of a range of teams and professionals, who together support the organisation to deliver brilliant services for our tenants and customers.
A qualified professional with 25+ years' experience in organisational development, Debbie spent 13 years with the Civil Service and 11 years with North Wales Police where she was Head of People Services.
Debbie is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and is a member of ClwydAlyn’s People Committee.
Mark is an experienced Finance Director with a range of knowledge and experience in risk management, performance management and governance gained in the social housing and adult social care sectors. Mark provides leadership and oversight of the financial management of ForHousing, including budgeting and business planning, treasury management, along with rent and service charge setting.
Mark is passionate about delivering commercial success and business improvement through people, creating the economic value needed to deliver social value. He believes in enabling people to achieve their potential and is experienced in developing robust governance and internal controls.