Executive directors


Matthew Harrison

CEO and Exec Board Member

Matthew joined Great Places in 1993 and led the organisation through award winning development before being appointed Chief Executive in April 2013. He has vast experience in development and urban regeneration and has led on many iconic developments. He has also held voluntary positions and is a Board Member of a Local Strategic Partnership.


Phil Elvy

Executive Director of Finance

Phil has responsibility for ensuring Great Places’ Finance, Business Systems, Business Intelligence and Governance functions provide high-quality, back office support to the rest of the Group. He is also in charge of making sure regulatory and statutory requirements are satisfied. One of Phil’s key challenges is balancing the need for the long-term financial viability and stability of Great Places with risks posed by the Group’s strategic growth and development objectives. He started his career in utilities and has worked in the housing sector for nearly 20 years.


Guy Cresswell

Executive Director Customer Services

Guy’s is responsible for delivering services to customers across all our areas of activity. This includes work in supported housing, leasehold and private management and mainstream housing. He brings a strong commitment to partnership and working collaboratively on sector and place-based issues. He is actively involved in a number of forums and partnerships across Greater Manchester.


Pete Bojar

Executive Director Growth and Assets

Pete leads our Growth and Assets directorate, being responsible for our affordable, market sales and market rent development programmes, sales, asset investment, compliance and corporate Health & Safety. He is a graduate of Sheffield Polytechnic and has worked in housing since 1989, starting his career in housing management before moving into development in 1992. He is highly experienced in regeneration and partnerships and has led some of Great Places' most successful, high-profile schemes.