Dr Roy Williams
Group CEO

Roy holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Chester’s prestigious Business School. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Since The Sovini Group’s inception, Roy has proudly been the organisations Chief Executive Officer and the catalyst for the Group’s impressive turnover, corporate social responsibility initiatives and ultimately in creating affordable homes and thriving communities. Roy is passionate about pursuing our vision and mission to creating opportunities and changing lives. In 2018, Roy deservedly scooped the title of Most People-focused CEO at the HR Excellence’s glittering award ceremony. As well as being a CEO, Roy has four children and enjoys the occasional round of golf. You may also spot Roy supporting his local football team.

Tracey Liggett
Chief Finance Officer

Tracey is responsible for growing and developing the commercial side of The Sovini Group, ensuring that the commercial businesses deliver excellent service to both internal and external customers. Tracey is the Chief Finance Officer for The Sovini Group as a whole. Alongside her wealth of experience, Tracey is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACCA), and holds an MBA in Leadership. Tracey is passionate about combining her housing experience with commercial acumen to deliver an ambitious five-year commercial growth plan for The Sovini Group.

Ian Fazakerley
Chief Operating Officer

Ian has over 36 years’ experience in the social housing sector, beginning his career with Liverpool City Council before joining Liverpool Housing Trust as Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Management in 1998. Ian joined One Vision Housing in 2010 as Director of Customers and Neighbourhoods and has now been appointed to Chief Operating Officer. Ian is now responsible for the Group’s commercial operations.

Kerry Beirne
Chief People and Communications Officer

People and Learning Director, Kerry, joined the Group in 2012. Kerry manages an ambitious People and Learning Strategy which encourages the Group’s award-winning employee culture, recruitment programme and talent scheme. She oversees and leads on a number of HR projects, and develop HR strategies for the various companies within the group. Additionally, Kerry works closely with the Senior Management Team to ensure The Group are continuously improving our service and performance. Since Kerry’s arrival, the Group have proudly scooped a number of prestigious accolades, including Great Places’ the UK’s Best Place to Work title.

Anita Harrison – Carroll
Chief Business Officer

Anita is Chief Business Officer for our commercial companies Sovini Trade Supplies, Sovini Property Services ,Sovini Construction, Sovini Waste Solutions, Teal Scaffold, and Amianto Services Limited and also Group Procurement and Business Development.

Anita joined the Group in 2010 and has played a key role in the development of our Group structure in particular new business set up and acquisitions within Sovini Commercial. Anita is passionate about driving quality, innovation, and profitability across the group. She believes Collaboration and Culture are the two key ingredients of Sovini that provide sustainable competitive advantage.

Gaynor Robinson
Operations Director, Finance

As Operations Director, Gaynor leads on the strategic planning for the Finance team. This involves preparing business planning, budgeting and funding for both commercial and non-for-profit companies within The Group. The Operations Director works closely with her team to communicate risk policies and processes across the whole group. Healthy and safety, risk management and assurance plays a pivotal part in her role. Gaynor oversees treasury management, and is responsible for overseeing the overall revenue, cash flow and finances of the company. She maintains positive working relationships with her colleagues and partners to ensure the smooth operation of the business. In addition, Gaynor is a dedicated mother who loves spending free time with her daughter.

Phil Hutchinson
Operations Director – Assets and Compliance

Phil Hutchinson is the Operations Director for Assets and Compliance who oversees an Asset Programme Delivery of circa £30million for OVH together with Health, Safety and Compliance responsibilities of the Group. Phil is a great believer in customer focused delivery of his role, a regular member of local and national forums to include the LCR Assets Forum, HQN, NHF and Compliance bodies. In addition, Phil has lead the business to successive awards for Health, Safety and Compliance including the ROSPA Gold Standard Award. He is passionate about his job role, motivating his team to achieve high level performance targets and regulatory safety standards contributing to business success.

Paula Robinson
Director of Housing and Customer Services

After graduating from Manchester University with a Social Science Degree Paula began her career in Housing in 1987 as a rent collector for St Helens Council. She has held a number of Officer , Team Leader and Manager roles in a variety of Housing Associations across the North West region. In her role as Director of Housing and Customer Services for One Vision Housing, Paula has responsibility for the Independent Living Service, Customer Access , Leasehold and Commercial  Services and Sales.

Paula’s hobbies include horse riding, old cars, walking , making soap and good times with friends and family!

Dave Brown
Director of Operations – Pine Court Housing Association

Operations Director for Pine Court Housing Association, Dave manages the Housing Services Team and is responsible for all of Pine Court’s operations. He is also responsible for the development of strategies for the provision of effective and co-ordinated services to our customers. His dedication to making a difference within the BME communities is highlighted through his continuous work efforts.

Ian Mitchell
Managing Director for Housing

Ian is the Managing Director for Housing and is responsible for the effective management of our housing teams. This is through his lead on delivering exceptional customer service to customers, and ensuring maintenance of our properties is achieved at all times. Ian comes with a strong background in Policy and Strategy which is used to implement strategies to meet internal and external performance expectations. As a lifelong Liverpool FC fan and dedicated father, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

David Cater
IT Operations Director

Dave was appointed as IT Operations Director in 2022 after a long and successful career with the Group. After completing a Business Management & Finance Degree, he joined in 2002 as a Production Support Officer within the Housing IT team. Developing his experience through variety of IT roles, Dave is now responsible for IT Operations for all entities within The Sovini Group and has been instrumental in the organisations digital transformation, utilising innovate solutions to drive our business forward, both internally for our employees and externally for our customers. Dave is a dedicated father to two young children and his four legged friend, and can often be found at Anfield Stadium supporting his beloved Liverpool Football Club.