The Board

The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the company through policy development, target setting and business plan monitoring.

Led by an independent Chair, who provides a balance of support and challenge for the commercial activities undertaken by the company, the HMS Board is made up of five members:

  • Wayne Hughes Chair
  • Paul Worthington HMS Managing Director 
  • Peter Fieldsend Chief Financial & Commercial Officer
  • Paula McGrath HMS Board Member
  • Ian Clayton HMS Board Member
  • Ralph Middlemore HMS Board Member 

HMS' Board meets either as necessary or every quarter to review the operational and financial position of the company. The Board also meets annually to present its shareholders with an annual report and undertake necessary formal governance actions.

As the independent Chair of HMS, my primary role is to ensure that the board is effective in its crucial tasks of setting and implementing the company's direction and strategy.

HMS is a young organisation with high aspirations and the provider of a number of key landlord services to its principal customer, LMH. This places additional responsibility on me in a number of key areas. These include a requirement to thoroughly understand the business, to support the Managing Director in his delivery of corporate priorities, to ensure that board meetings are planned and conducted effectively, that the board receive proper and timely information (particularly that is crucial for the health of the business) and that the board focuses on its key tasks.

My role as Managing Director for HMS is the strategic co-ordination of the activities undertaken by the company. This involves ensuring HMS meets both our business plan and contract targets whilst developing the company to take opportunities within our market. I have worked in the sector for over 25 years starting my career as a contractor’s Quantity Surveyor and moving between various senior management roles with organisations in the North West. 

This experience has been invaluable in enabling me to lead the company through various economic and cultural challenges. Creating a company from the ground up has presented us with a real opportunity for success and growth. 

I joined the HMS Board in April 2017.

I am the Chief Financial & Commercial Officer within Torus and have extensive experience as a Finance Director in private sector organisations.

A qualified accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, I am responsible for performance management, business development and communications, information technology, human resources and finance services.

I joined the HMS Board in February 2016 and bring a wealth of experience, having worked in Corporate Finance for more than 21 years.

Throughout my career, I have worked with a wide range of clients in a variety of sectors and has gained considerable private equity experience.

I have led a variety of major deals in the region – the most prominent completed deals include acting as financial advisor to the Board of Liverpool Football Club on the £174 million disposal to Gillett and Hicks, the secondary buyout of Secured Group, the sale of the Grosvenor Garden Centre and the MBO of Centriforce Products.

I am a member of CF Faculty of the ICAEW and have gained the industry’s Corporate Finance accreditation; I am also a member of the LMH Board and Group Audit and Risk Committee.

Ian's early career in industry and commerce included 14 years with the Alvis group of companies in a number of board level positions, in both financial and general management. Since 2002 he has worked for a wide range of not for profit organisations involved with issues such as social housing, health, education, training, the environment and sport. 

Ian is currently Finance Director of a healthcare organisation and in a voluntary capacity sits on a number of health related boards and committees.

Ian was appointed to HP Board in 2010, in 2011 became Chair of both the Audit Committee and Torus62 Commercial Services and in 2012 became Vice-Chair. 

He has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants since 1994, is Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a Common Purpose (civic leadership programme) graduate.

Ralph is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and property professional with extensive experience of working at a senior level for a number of regional and national social landlords. 

Most recently Ralph was Director of Property Maintenance for the Places for People Group and in this role was responsible for the management and delivery of property maintenance operations across England and Wales which involved delivering repairs and improvements works to 55,000 properties and managing a team of over 500 people. 

Prior to this Ralph worked at management level for social landlords where he focussed on change management and cost reduction and in the private sector for construction and engineering companies.