Executive Team

Julie Doyle - Chief Executive

In less than three years as Chief Executive of Longhurst Group, Julie Doyle has ensured a strong platform for future success by reshaping the organisation, achieving considerable value for money savings and delivering substantial growth.

With over 25 years' experience in the housing sector, Julie remains committed to ensuring the Group continues to realise its ambition of being a leading developer that improves people’s lives by providing high-quality housing and care and support services.

Since becoming Chief Executive in 2015, Julie has overseen a significant period of change that has included the 2017 merger with Axiom and the streamlining of 19 different boards and committees into one coterminous structure.

During Julie’s tenure, the Group has maintained G1V1 status, returned record financial results and built over 800 new properties. Julie has also been instrumental in guiding the Group to adopt a more aligned approach that sees over 1,200 colleagues work together as ‘One Team’ with ‘One Vision’.


Robert Griffiths - Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Financial Officer

Rob became Deputy Chief Executive in 2015 and has been the Group’s Chief Financial Officer since 2006, having joined the organisation in 1994. He leads the Group’s Operational Finance, Corporate Finance and ICT Teams and has responsibility for audit and risk management.

Rob has led and been involved in a number of key growth projects with extensive experience in developing a business plan that is now delivering around 700 new homes each year across a range of different tenures.

Elsewhere, Rob is the Chair of the Housing Statement of Recommended Practice Working Party (SORP) and in 2016 was appointed as a member of the Financial Reporting Councils Technical Advisory Group. More recently, in February 2018, Rob was appointed as an employer representative to the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS).


Ian Jackson, Executive Director of Portfolio Investment

Ian Jackson - Executive Director of Portfolio Investment

After attending university to train as a quantity surveyor, Ian began working in the housing sector in 1992. He joined Longhurst Group in 1995, and has led the delivery of our increasingly ambitious development programme for over 10 years, becoming an Executive Director in 2015.

Outside of work, Ian is Chair of Peterborough Regional College and is a non-executive director of Suffolk Housing Society, he also sits as chair of the professional advisory board for the school of architecture and the built environment at the University of Lincoln.


Jonathan Driffill, Executive Director of Partnerships

Jonathan Driffill - Executive Director of Partnerships

After joining Friendship in the 1990’s, Jonathan became a member of the Longhurst Group Executive Team in 2006. In addition to his work with Longhurst Group, he chairs the Birmingham Race Action Partnership (BRAP), and Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC).

As a great advocate of communication, Jonathan strongly believes that the only way to genuinely offer service excellence is by listening to what staff and customers have to say. He places great value on teamwork and subscribes to the notion that customers and staff alike should benefit from their involvement with Longhurst Group.


Sharon Guest - Executive Director of Housing Services

Sharon joined Longhurst Group in July 2016, and is responsible for services operating across the Group’s 22,000 homes. With more than 20 years housing management experience, Sharon plays a pivotal role in leading the direction of the organisation. Sharon believes passionately that the social housing sector can play a key role in solving the housing crisis, by providing high quality, affordable homes to meet a range of needs.


When it comes to meeting the needs of customers, Sharon is hands-on in making sure their views are heard and are used to ensure we provide the best possible services.


Lynn Stubbs - Executive Director of People and Performance

Lynn Stubbs - Executive Director of People and Performance

Lynn joined Longhurst in 1996 to lead on performance and quality initiatives within the organisation. Lynn was previously Director of Business Services at Spire Homes, responsible for operational areas such as property and customer services, customer and community involvement, along with quality assurance, regulation and marketing and communications.

Lynn brings a wealth of experience in project management, communications and community work gained in various roles in the public and voluntary sector.


Louise Platt

Louise Platt - Executive Director of Care and Business Partnerships

Louise’s executive career started in commercial service organisations before joining the housing sector where she has worked for over 13 years, helping Axiom Housing Association achieve excellent ratings for governance and viability, as well as Investors in People Gold Standard and multiple Sunday Times Top 100 listings. 

Louise, who played a leading role in the successful negotiation and completion of the merger with Longhurst Group in July 2017, was previously Axiom’s Executive Director of Corporate Services. She joined the Group’s Executive Team in October 2017 when she was appointed Executive Director of Care and Business Partnerships. Louise is passionate about building upon the strong reputation of the care and support services within the Group and will be integral in the leading the delivery of our new Care and Support business development strategy.

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