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Torus announces new chair of board

Mike Emmerich has been appointed as Chair of the Torus Board and will formally take on the role with effect from the 2023 Annual General Meeting.
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Mike is an entrepreneur. He combines senior leadership experience across the public and private sectors with his extensive strategy and economics knowledge. He has applied this to start ups in the private, public, academic, and not-for-profit sectors for over twenty years. He is also an experienced national-level Non-Executive Director in the education, health, heritage, real estate, and culture sectors.

As the Founding Director of Metro Dynamics, a specialised consultancy for local authorities, Mike plays a significant role on many major projects including the devolution deals in the West Midlands and North East which give more local responsibility for housing and infrastructure. He has also spent significant time working with local authorities and combined authorities within the Liverpool and Greater Manchester City Regions.

Mike’s other previous roles include Senior Policy Adviser on social and economic development in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and Policy Adviser to HM Treasury.

Positive Impact

In addition to his extensive professional relationships, Mike was born in Southport and has deep family roots in St Helens. His connections across the North West are, therefore an excellent fit with Torus.

Mike Emmerich, said: “I am excited and honoured to be taking on this role at Torus particularly as the organisation is so well placed to make a positive impact on the communities in the North West.

“We are facing challenging times with the difficult economic environment and cost-of-living crisis, so it has never been more important for housing association boards to implement the right strategies to ensure they achieve their missions, while keeping their values.”

Vital role

Steve Coffey, Group CEO at Torus, said: “Our board play a vital role in how we operate as an organisation, and we are delighted to welcome Mike’s leadership at a crucial time as the group works to meet the challenges both within the sector and the wider external environment.

“Mike brings a wealth of experience in delivering strategies for planning, housing, environment, and innovation and shares our deep commitment to the vital role that housing associations play in helping to grow stronger communities. We look forward to collaborating with him to support our customers, colleagues, and the communities we serve.”

Mike Emmerich will succeed Graham Burgess who will step down from the Board at the 2023 AGM.

Steve Coffey adds: “At this year’s AGM the Group will thank Graham Burgess for his valuable service to Torus. He was a driving force behind the amalgamation in 2019 that created the current Torus Group and, by bringing his vast experience to Torus, he has been a central figure in helping us obtain positive outcomes through the Group’s commitment to growing stronger communities.”

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