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Julie Doyle

Chief Executive, Longhurst Group

In less than six 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 30 years’ experience in the affordable 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 owns and manages over 23,000 homes. Julie has also been instrumental in guiding the Group to adopt a more aligned approach that sees over 1,300 colleagues work together as ‘One Team’ with ‘One Vision’. Julie is also a member of the Board for Women in Social Housing and is a Trustee for the Helping Harry Trust.

Jeremy Gray

Chief Executive, Evolve Housing + Support

Jeremy joined Evolve Housing + Support as CEO in 2008. He has worked in the homelessness and supported affordable housing sector in London since starting as a full time volunteer at SPEAR Nightshelter in Richmond in 1990. Previous roles include Director of Services at Centrepoint, Head of Operations at Look Ahead, and positions with Depaul Trust and The Passage.

Since joining Evolve, Jeremy has overseen a £29m redevelopment programme which transformed the organisation’s stock and delivered seven brand new supported accommodation services to residents in the London Boroughs of Croydon and Lambeth. He has also overseen the expansion of our current work into the London Boroughs of Bromley, Merton, Sutton and Lewisham, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Jeremy has held a number of non-executive roles.  Most recently, he was Chair of the Board at Yarrow, successfully leading them into a merger with Certitude in April 2020.  Prior to joining Yarrow, he was Senior Independent Director on the Board of Croydon Business Improvement District, and a Member of the Housing Committee at the Church of England Pensions Board. In his spare time he can often be found attending the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Vic Rayner OBE

Chief Executive, National Care Forum

Vic Rayner is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Care Forum, joining the organisation in 2016.

As CEO she is the chair of the government Strategic Advisory Forum on the social care workforce, co-chair of the National Social Care Advisory Group on social care and technology and sits on a range of government and national specialist groups with a focus on the social care workforce, digital transformation, new models of care and regulation.

Vic is a regular national and international speaker, and has extensive knowledge and expertise across a wide range of care, support, housing and social policy agendas. Prior to joining the NCF, she was the CEO of Sitra, a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support.

Vic is a trustee of Hestia, a leading London charity providing care and support as well as The Care Workers Charity. Vic was previously the independent Chair of the Brighton and Hove Fairness Commission, tackling inequalities and promoting social justice within the locality. Vic has an MBA (Distinction), MA and BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Stephen Burns

Executive Director – Care and Communities, Peabody Group

Stephen is the Executive Director for Care and Communities at Peabody, one of London’s largest and oldest housing associations and charities.  He joined Peabody in 1998 and is responsible for Peabody’s care services supported housing business as well as the work of its community foundation. Prior to joining Peabody, Stephen worked in training and employment and was a director of a national training company from 1993 to 1997.

Stephen is also a trustee of London charitable organisations including Trust for London, House of St Barnabas and chair of United St Saviours Charity.

Date: 8th March 2022

Time: 13:00 – 15:30

Venue: Central London

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