HTS Group Board Members

Our Board is accountable for our long-term success and they bring with them a proven track record from a broad range of experience to ensure a consistently high level of service delivery, long term growth, profitability and community and social responsibility for the organisation.

They direct the affairs of the group and are committed to the fundamental principles of compliance and governance within a growing LATCo sector.

HTS Group Ltd 

Michael Harrowven, Non-Exec Chair HTS Group

Michael Harrowven

Non-Executive Chair

Collectively offering more than two decades of shaping Boards and fulfilling complex needs on a domestic and international scale, Michael’s focus is on driving business stabilisation and growth by influencing key stakeholders, utilising diplomatic, persuasive communication techniques to ensure buy-in at all levels.

Michael brings a track record of successes across a wide range of environments, involving cross-functional, culturally diverse professionals to deliver world class solutions from a foundation of operational, tactical and fiscal strength.

Cllr Joel Charles

Director

Born and bred in the town, Joel has been a District Councillor for ten years and is currently the Deputy Leader of Harlow Conservatives. He was the Community and Citizenship Portfolio Holder between 2011 and 2012.

Outside of politics, Joel has pursued a successful career in the charity sector. He was the Deputy Chief Executive of a national health and adult social care charity which also launched an Innovation Fund to invest in early-stage healthtech ventures.

Joel has several years of board experience, building commercial propositions and robust strategic plans as part of an agile team. He is keen to work with the senior management team at HTS to build on their existing strategy and further unlock the potential of the Group, yielding a greater return to the taxpayer. Joel believes there are a range of new opportunities the company can explore that will directly benefit Harlow.

Cllr John Stracham

Director

John Strachan’s background is in the building and logistics sector and also as district Councillor.

John has previously sat on numerous Boards including a Housing Association and is currently a charity trustee, sits on the Board for two non-profit organisations, including one to combat food waste and fair distribution and a domestic violence project.

Councillor Bob Davis, Director HTS Group

Cllr Bob Davis

Director

Bob Davis was first elected as a Labour councillor in 2002 and is currently vice chair of the Housing Standards Board

He completed an engineering indentured apprenticeship and then worked in engineering for 30 years; he also ran a number of European Social Funded Projects working with partners in Italy, Germany and Greece and he is also a chair of Scrutiny.

Alex Morris, Finance Director & Company Secretary HTS Group

Alex Morris

Finance Director & Company Secretary

Alex is the Finance Director for HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd.  Alex has overall responsibility for all the Finance, Taxation and Governance compliance of the group.  He is also the Data Protection Officer.

He has over twenty years’ experience in Building, Construction and maintenance industries and worked for Kier for over 11 years on contracts in Luton, Hackney, Barking, Harrow and North Tyneside prior to being appointed to Harlow.

John Phillips, Managing Director HTS Group

John Phillips

Managing Director

John has overall responsibility for HTS and is the first point of contact for Harlow District Council.

John has over 30 years’ experience in the Public Sector at senior strategic levels, having previously worked for Homes for Islington (Islington Council’s ALMO) as Director of Property Services.

John has a detailed knowledge of local authorities’ asset management requirements, and the contractual arrangements required to coordinate ongoing maintenance, periodic refurbishment and large-scale capital works programmes.

HTS (Housing & Regeneration) Ltd

Michael Harrowven, Non-Exec Chair HTS Group

Michael Harrowven

Non-Executive Chair

Collectively offering more than two decades of shaping Boards and fulfilling complex needs on a domestic and international scale, Michael’s focus is on driving business stabilisation and growth by influencing key stakeholders, utilising diplomatic, persuasive communication techniques to ensure buy-in at all levels.

Michael brings a track record of successes across a wide range of environments, involving cross-functional, culturally diverse professionals to deliver world class solutions from a foundation of operational, tactical and fiscal strength.

Cllr Joel Charles

Director

Born and bred in the town, Joel has been a District Councillor for ten years and is currently the Deputy Leader of Harlow Conservatives. He was the Community and Citizenship Portfolio Holder between 2011 and 2012.

Outside of politics, Joel has pursued a successful career in the charity sector. He was the Deputy Chief Executive of a national health and adult social care charity which also launched an Innovation Fund to invest in early-stage healthtech ventures.

Joel has several years of board experience, building commercial propositions and robust strategic plans as part of an agile team. He is keen to work with the senior management team at HTS to build on their existing strategy and further unlock the potential of the Group, yielding a greater return to the taxpayer. Joel believes there are a range of new opportunities the company can explore that will directly benefit Harlow.

Cllr John Stracham

Director

John Strachan’s background is in the building and logistics sector and also as district Councillor.

John has previously sat on numerous Boards including a Housing Association and is currently a charity trustee, sits on the Board for two non-profit organisations, including one to combat food waste and fair distribution and a domestic violence project.

Councillor Bob Davis, Director HTS Group

Cllr Emma Toal

Director

Local resident and councillor Emma Toal is a campaigns organiser, with over a decade of experience in the charity and political sectors. Emma has been described as an excellent communicator who is great at relaying complex information in an accessible way. Emma brings with her skills in supporting community initiatives, exemplary stakeholder management and events organisation.

Emma has a history of volunteering in the local community and has served as a trustee for local charities. Emma is specially trained in safeguarding in a range of settings.

John Phillips, Managing Director HTS Group

John Phillips

Managing Director

John has overall responsibility for HTS and is the first point of contact for Harlow District Council.

John has over 30 years’ experience in the Public Sector at senior strategic levels, having previously worked for Homes for Islington (Islington Council’s ALMO) as Director of Property Services.

John has a detailed knowledge of local authorities’ asset management requirements, and the contractual arrangements required to coordinate ongoing maintenance, periodic refurbishment and large-scale capital works programmes.

Alex Morris, Finance Director & Company Secretary HTS Group

Alex Morris

Finance Director & Company Secretary

Alex is the Finance Director for HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd.  Alex has overall responsibility for all the Finance, Taxation and Governance compliance of the group.  He is also the Data Protection Officer.

He has over twenty years’ experience in Building, Construction and maintenance industries and worked for Kier for over 11 years on contracts in Luton, Hackney, Barking, Harrow and North Tyneside prior to being appointed to Harlow.

HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd 

Michael Harrowven, Non-Exec Chair HTS Group

Michael Harrowven

Non-Executive Chair

Collectively offering more than two decades of shaping Boards and fulfilling complex needs on a domestic and international scale, Michael’s focus is on driving business stabilisation and growth by influencing key stakeholders, utilising diplomatic, persuasive communication techniques to ensure buy-in at all levels.

Michael brings a track record of successes across a wide range of environments, involving cross-functional, culturally diverse professionals to deliver world class solutions from a foundation of operational, tactical and fiscal strength.

Councillor Simon Carter, Director HTS Group

Cllr Simon Carter

Director

Simon has been a councillor on Harlow Council since 2000 and was closely involved in the selection of Kier for the joint venture company, Kier Harlow. He was Resources Portfolio holder between 2008 and 2012 when he was an observer on the board and is now shadows the Housing portfolio.

Before becoming a councillor, he had a career in a major high street bank, taking early retirement following a decade in financial control, latterly specialising in indirect taxation.

He has also been actively involved in running a number of charities in Harlow and was chairman of a local housing charity until end of 2017.

Councillor Bob Davis, Director HTS Group

Cllr Bob Davis

Director

Bob Davis was first elected as a Labour councillor in 2002 and is currently vice chair of the Housing Standards Board

He completed an engineering indentured apprenticeship and then worked in engineering for 30 years; he also ran a number of European Social Funded Projects working with partners in Italy, Germany and Greece and he is also a chair of Scrutiny.

Councillor Bob Davis, Director HTS Group

Cllr Laine Shears

Director

Lanie moved to Harlow aged seven and has many years of experience working for the community in the third sector in Charities such as Women’s Aid groups, MIND and Victim Support. She has also worked in the statutory sector of the NHS and the County Council.

For nearly 20 years Lanie has held senior positions in local charity Safer Places (formerly known as Harlow and Broxbourne Women’s Aid), where she held roles including  Refuge Manager and Director of operations.

Most recently Lanie works on a consultative basis with charities to support change management, advising the Management Board’s and supporting their future development. Her work includes applying for grants and supporting project setups.

Lanie is currently working in adult social care for Essex County Council and has been a councillor in Harlow since 2016, having been chair of licensing, and then portfolio holder for governance equalities and diversity until May 2020.

John Phillips, Managing Director HTS Group

John Phillips

Managing Director

John has overall responsibility for HTS and is the first point of contact for Harlow District Council.

John has over 30 years’ experience in the Public Sector at senior strategic levels, having previously worked for Homes for Islington (Islington Council’s ALMO) as Director of Property Services.

John has a detailed knowledge of local authorities’ asset management requirements, and the contractual arrangements required to coordinate ongoing maintenance, periodic refurbishment and large-scale capital works programmes.

Alex Morris, Finance Director & Company Secretary HTS Group

Alex Morris

Finance Director & Company Secretary

Alex is the Finance Director for HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd.  Alex has overall responsibility for all the Finance, Taxation and Governance compliance of the group.  He is also the Data Protection Officer.

He has over twenty years’ experience in Building, Construction and maintenance industries and worked for Kier for over 11 years on contracts in Luton, Hackney, Barking, Harrow and North Tyneside prior to being appointed to Harlow.