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Leadership team

The day-to-day running of THT rests on the shoulders of our leadership team.

They all share the vision and values of our community. They are driven by the vision to eliminate poverty, inequality, and injustice within the communities we work and make a difference to our customers' lives.


Larry Gold | Chief Executive

With a solid background in chartered accountancy, Larry spent 18 years working in housing organisations and prior to that holding leadership positions in Local and Central Government.

In 2004, he was an integral part of the team that set up Trafford Housing Trust and spearheaded our move into ‘profit for purpose’ development. Larry became Deputy CEO in 2016 and is Managing Director of Development. He is the executive lead for the Trust’s social investment and social enterprise activity, and the driving force behind CleanStart, a social enterprise set up to help those struggling to find work gain access to training and employment.

October 2019 saw Larry take up the position as CEO of Trafford Housing Trust from his position as acting CEO as THT become a standalone subsidiary of L&Q.

In his spare time, Larry loves spending time with his family and long walks with their beloved dogs.

Brigid Burbridge | Executive Director – Governance and Company Secretary

My primary responsibility is ensuring that the business is kept safe and meets all regulatory, statutory, and legislative responsibilities. I’m responsible for the Homeownership team and the Governance and Business Assurance team who support performance reporting at every level, and ensure we are proactive in identifying and dealing with issues. I strive to bring a strong focus on transforming 'good' to 'great' in everything we do.  

Barry Wears | Executive Director – Finance

My main responsibilities include providing strategic and financial guidance to make sure our financial commitments are met. I develop all the necessary financial policies and procedures. I am responsible for the Finance, ICT, Business Change, Procurement, Performance Reporting and North West Foundation teams.  

As a member of the Executive team, Im not only committed to ensuring the financial stability, but also the overall success of our services for our customers and keeping our colleagues motivated to do the best job they can. 

Graeme Scott | Executive Director – Development

As Executive Director of Development, I have the overall accountability for the property function within THT including asset management, repairs and new build homes.   

My primary focus is ensuring excellent customer service across each of these areas and all our customers’ homes are at a high standard and meet all areas of compliance.  

I'm also responsible for our development programme which delivers 600 homes per year - 50% of these are affordable homes. When undertaking new developments, I'm passionate about creating places where people want to live.    

Sharon Burns | Executive Director - Operations

My role involves overseeing activities within Customer Operations, Neighbourhoods, Cleanstart and Independent Living. I consider customer expectation and develop plans around this. I’m responsible for making sure that customers receive the right services in the right way, and we offer the necessary support and help. This allows me to make sure customers are heard, and their views are represented and listened to 

Iain Wallace | Director of Property Services

I'm responsible for maintaining the various aspects of our homes, such as the provision of the repairs service, the refurbishment of empty homes and ensuring homes are safe to live in. I also lead on the health and safety of our colleagues and customers. 

Within my directorate, there are three departments, Property Services, Building Safety and Health and Safety. 

The work I'm responsible for is mainly front lines services, so I take great pleasure in knowing that the work I do contributes to ensuring customers are safe and warm in their homes. 

Paul Smith | Director of People

I’m responsible for creating and implementing our people strategy, which is focussed on ensuring that we recruit great people from diverse backgrounds, that they have the tools and knowledge they need to do their jobs and are given opportunities to develop themselves and their careers. By looking after our people, they are able to provide the best possible service to our customers.   

James Crawford | Director of Business Change

I lead the Business Change team which manages a range of projects. These deliver improvements to customer experience, our business processes, organisation structures and technology systems.  It also includes the introduction of new services and embracing new legislation. 

My team works hard with colleagues across the organisation to make sure projects are delivered on time and have the impact that our customers expect. 

Julian Massel | Director of Technology

My main responsibilities include providing technology direction to our business to make sure it’s an effective and productive place to work. I’m responsible for all aspects of information systems, business applications, and IT Infrastructure. I lead and deliver complex transformational programmes including bringing online services to customers, creating central intelligence systems and automating new ways of working. 

Deborah Elgar | Director of Social Enterprise

My main responsibilities include leading and managing the environmental services across THT 

I manage our social enterprise set up to help those struggling to find work and gain access to training and employment. CleanStart look after the communal spaces for our customers. This includes cleaning of all communal spaces and the maintenance of any grassed areas. 

I manage grounds maintenance, caretaking services, clearing and cleaning of void properties prior to occupation and communal cleaning of our Sheltered Schemes. 

Mick Gallagher | Director of Independent Living, Care and Support

I'm responsible for Independent Living Care and Support, providing services that ensure customers can remain in their own homes for as long as is practical. This includes Sheltered Housing, Extra Care Housing, Domiciliary Care, the Alert and Response service and the provision of our Technology Enabled Care services. I endeavour to always ensure that those in need of support and care services can access them at ease. 

Oliver Goldring | Director of Communications, Marketing, Policy and Research

I'm responsible for the corporate inhouse teams delivering brand, communications, design digital, marketing, policy and research for THT and its brands. 

My role involves leading these central services of the organisation so it continues to deliver on its social purpose; engaging and empowering residents and delivering much-needed quality homes and services for the benefit of all residents and customers.