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

Jackie Carter, People Director 

Jackie is an HR professional with an extensive background in both the private and housing sector over a number of years.

Jackie joined Onward in 2017 and is passionate about transformation and change, driving through an innovative and effective people strategy that promotes a positive and open environment, engages colleagues and creates a great place to work.

As People Director, Jackie is also responsible for delivering a creative and effective organisational development programme, enabling colleagues to reach their full potential.

Catherine Farrington, Corporate Services Director 

Catherine is a solicitor with an extensive background in housing, regeneration and regulation.

Catherine joined Onward in 2018 and has experience of working in both the public and private sector. Prior to Onward, Catherine worked as the Head of Legal at the Regulator of Social Housing. She also has experience of working on regeneration projects from her time spent as a senior solicitor at English Partnerships and the Homes and Communities Agency.

As Corporate Services Director, Catherine led the team that helped to deliver our governance upgrade to G1 in October 2019. Catherine also plays a key role in leading and delivering key business support functions and is the Company Secretary for Onward.