Bronwen Rapley, Chief Executive

Bronwen has worked in housing and regeneration for more than 25 years, initially as a solicitor and then in the North West’s housing sector where she delivered a number of large regeneration projects.

Prior to joining Onward, Bronwen was deputy director of investigation and enforcement at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Under Bronwen’s leadership, Onward has undergone a major organisational change programme to simplify its management and governance. These changes were instrumental in helping Onward achieve a governance rating upgrade in February 2018.


Alastair Cooper, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Operations

Alastair is a seasoned executive director with extensive experience of delivering high profile, customer facing services across a range of sectors, including healthcare, patient transport, back office processing and enforcement.

He was appointed Executive Director of Operations in January 2017 and played a key role in the transition of Symphony Housing Group to Onward Homes. In October 2018 he was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive.

Alastair is a serving Colonel in the Army Reserve and was awarded the QVRM in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Sandy Livingstone, Executive Director of Property

Sandy joined Onward in November 2017, having acted as the interim Executive Director of Property for over a year.

Sandy is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in all aspects of the housing sector, having previously been a Director in Savills’ Housing Consultancy division. He also brings a wide range of experience in property management, from the higher education, transport, healthcare, and commercial development sectors.


Mike Gerrard, Executive Director of Finance

Mike joined the organisation from The Barnet Group, a housing and care group in North London, where he was the Group Director of Resources.

Prior to this, he began his career as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and gained experience with AstraZeneca and PwC Consulting before moving into housing with the Riverside Group as a Project Director in 2003.

Since then he has worked as Finance Director at Willow Park Housing Trust and undertaken senior finance and project roles with a range of housing providers