At LiveWest, we believe in a home for everyone. 

 

We own and manage over 37,000 homes across the South West, from Cornwall to Gloucestershire. We have ambitious plans to invest more than £2bn in the South West economy and provide 15,000 new homes in the region over the next 10 years. 

 

This is part of LiveWest taking huge steps towards alleviating the region’s housing shortage, in an area of high housing need as well as high house prices which makes accessing housing particularly challenging for many families. 

 

We offer homes for affordable rent and shared ownership sale. We also build homes for private sale, to generate profits which we then use to provide and build more affordable homes. 

 

We take the time to listen to, understand and learn from our customers. We focus on thriving as a business and employer so we can deliver more homes and even better services. 

 

As well as meeting housing demand, it’s easy to forget the vital role that affordable homes contribute to economic development and prosperity, enabling  local companies to recruit the workforce they need from their communities. LiveWest’s growth strategy will not only contribute to economic growth in the South West but sustain up to 7,000 jobs in the building industry and its supply chain.

 

We were formed in March 2018 through the merger of Knightstone Housing and DCH, and since then we have built on the best of both organisations. We have recently invested in new build offices in Exeter and Tolvaddon to complement our Weston-super-Mare office, where we are also making major investment. Combined with touchdown points for our many mobile workers, our aim is to offer a contemporary working environment with an emphasis on building a shared culture. 

 

We are a member of Homes for the South West, a group of the largest developing housing associations in the south west, making the case for investment in our region. 

 

Find out more about us here.

Our board

Linda Nash

Linda Nash
Chair

As Chairman of Knightstone, Linda led the board to merge with DCH and became Chair of LiveWest in March 2018.
In addition to housing, Linda has many years’ experience of leading and working with a diverse range of boards in key areas such as the development of strategy, governance and risk management 
Past and present roles include Chair of Audit for Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Somerset NHS Trust, Chairman of Kings Schools, Chairman of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman of North Somerset Community Partnership and a Supervisory Board member of the European Institute for Governance Awards.

Paul Crawford

Paul Crawford
Chief Executive

Paul has worked in property management and residential development for the past 27 years. Prior to being appointed as CEO of LiveWest he held the position of Group Chief Executive at DCH for nine years and Managing Director at Sovereign HA for five years. He is also a member of Homes for the South West (formerly HAILO), an influencing and lobby group focusing on investment to address the various housing challenges in the South West.

Melvyn Garrett

Melvyn Garrett
Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Finance

Prior to LiveWest, Melvyn was the DCH Group Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive. Melvyn has extensive finance and operational experience, having joined DCH from Motorola Mobility in 2013, where he was Europe, Middle East, and Africa Finance and Operations Director. He also previously held finance, strategy and chief executive positions in the transport, electronics and distribution sectors; with eight years spent in the USA.

Andrew Wiles

Andrew Wiles

Andrew has extensive, senior-level, experience as an affordable housing professional, both as a practitioner and as a policymaker. From 1995 to 2009 he was the Housing Corporation's Regional Director for the South West. Andrew joined the DCH board in February 2013 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018.

John Newbury

John Newbury

John is a qualified housing professional with wide and senior experience as a local government director, an advisor to government, to the commercial sector and to social landlords. He has been Director of Housing & Regeneration for a public services PLC and a non-executive director. John joined the DCH board in October 2016 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018. John is also Chairman of Richmond Housing Partnership.

Tom Vaughan

Tom Vaughan

Tom is an experienced board director, who has lived in North Somerset for almost 30 years. Most of his career was spent in leadership roles at Unilever and BP, and he was a Marketing and Strategy Director for six years at housing association Affinity Sutton. He has a number of non-executive posts including chair of the supervisory board of FLO Cert, the Fairtrade Foundation subsidiary. He  is also a volunteer and director at Clevedon Pier. Tom was appointed to the Knightstone board in May 2016 and the board of LiveWest in 2018.

Anthony Durbacz

Anthony Durbacz

Antony is a chartered accountant with 25 years’ commercial experience as a Finance Director with major international companies. He’s held executive leadership roles in blue chip companies in both the UK and Europe. He has experience in all aspects of business management including financial control, business development, strategic planning, and corporate governance. Antony was appointed to the Knightstone board in November 2015 and joined the LiveWest board in 2018. 

Jenefer Greenwood

Jenefer Greenwood

Jenefer qualified as a chartered surveyor and has worked primarily in development. Jenefer served as a non-executive director of The Crown Estate. Jenefer was awarded an OBE for services to the real estate industry and voluntary service to young people. Jenefer joined DCH as a board member in August 2015 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018.

Tony MacGregor

Tony MacGregor

Tony is an accomplished Finance Director with executive experience in international reinsurance and in social housing as Group Finance Director of DCH. He has non-executive experience in social housing and as a charity trustee. Tony joined the Knightstone board in November 2015 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018.

Tim Larner

Tim Larner

Tim has 20 years' experience within senior management and all aspects of the housing building industry. He has worked as the Managing Director for Barratt, David Wilson Homes and previously as their Technical and Commercial Director. Tim joined the DCH board in August 2015 and was appointed to the LiveWest board in 2018.

Jac Starr

Jacqueline Starr

Jacqueline (Jac) joined our LiveWest Customer Services Committee in January 2019 and she is now a member of our board as a non-executive. Jac is the current Chief Operating Officer for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Previous roles have included Managing Director of Customer at RDG, Director of Experience at Barclays and Head of Experience at O2.

Philip Stephens

Philip Stephens

Phil trained as a quantity surveyor and has worked in construction and house building for over 40 years. He also has over 25 years of experience at director level. Previous positions include 10 years as Executive Director for Development and Commercial at Sovereign and director roles at Willmott Dixon and Maxim Homes and board member for The Housing Forum.

Our Executive team

Paul Crawford

Paul Crawford
Chief Executive

 

Melvyn Garrett

Melvyn Garrett
Deputy CEO/Executive Director of Finance

Ian Fisher

Ian Fisher
Executive Director of Business and Digital Change

Russell Baldwinson

Russell Baldwinson
Executive Director of Development

Suzanne Brown

Suzanne Brown
Executive Director of Operations