Executive Directors

Carol Matthews MCIH, FCMI, DMS, MA SOCSCI, Certificate in Leadership
Group Chief Executive

Carol Matthews took up her post as Group Chief Executive of Riverside in February 2012, following five years as Chief Executive of Guinness Northern Counties, part of the Guinness Partnership.

Originally from Glasgow, Carol’s career began in housing with Sheffield City Council as a management officer collecting rent door to door and managing a patch. She also worked for Burnley and Bristol Councils prior to joining Northern Counties in 1993, ultimately becoming Chief Executive in 2007.

Carol sat on the Board of the National Housing Federation for seven years and is still involved at a regional level. She also served on the Audit Commission’s National Housing and Regeneration panel.

Co-opted to the Group Board, 6 February 2012.

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John Wood
John Wood BSc (Hons) FIH
Executive Director, Neighbourhood Services

John has responsibility for the delivery of housing and neighbourhood services across the Group. He has over 20 years’ experience in housing. At Riverside he held the post of Managing Director of Riverside Housing prior to its amalgamation. He oversaw the transfer of housing stock from Liverpool City Council to Lee Valley and Berrybridge Housing Associations and managed Riverside’s low cost home ownership division for six years.

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Leann Hearne
Executive Director, Shared Services and Business Transformation

Leann joined Riverside in 2012 from The ExtraCare Charitable Trust where she held the position of Operations Director, having previously held managing directorships in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. After three years as Executive Director for Riverside’s extensive national care and support portfolio, she took up her current role as Executive Director for Shared Services, with overall Group-wide responsibility for Business Transformation, IT, Customer Services, Business Information and Facilities.

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John Glenton
Executive Director, Care & Support Services

John Glenton took over as the Executive Director for Care and Support in April 2016, following three years as Director of Operations. John has more than 25 years’ experience in the care and support sector.

John’s career began as a Support Worker and has held various management roles over the past 20 years covering business development, strategy and operations.

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Ian Gregg
Executive Director, Asset Services

Ian joined the Riverside Group May 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance of our homes as well as the Group's wholly owned subsidiary contractor, Evolve.

After initially beginning his career as a student surveyor with Manchester City Council, Ian has subsequently worked for Midland Heart, Parkway Green, Regenda Group, Guinness Northern Counties and Harvest Housing Group.

Ian is also a Non-Executive Director for the ForViva Group based in the North West.

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Rosemary Farrar
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Rosemary has been at Riverside as the CFO since March 2017. She has carried out a number of interim change roles in London over the past two years including serving as the CEO of a housing association in regulatory difficulty and supervising its transformation.

Rosemary trained as a Chartered Accountant with PWC and has been working in housing for thirty-five years. She has been Finance Director of Shepherds Bush Housing Association, Notting Hill Housing Trust, Circle Housing, Watford Community Housing Trust and most recently Southern Housing which she left in 2015.

Rosemary has carried out a number of non-executive roles on the Boards of housing associations, schools and not-for-profit companies. She currently sits on the Boards of Soho HA, Northern HC, White City Community Enterprise Co and Red Lion Housing where she is the Chair.

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