Executive Management Board

Midland Heart has an Executive Management Board comprised of 5 members led by our Chief Executive Officer, Ruth Cooke. They are responsible for running the business and ensuring that it delivers good financial and operational performance to meet the needs of customers, regulators, commissioners and other stakeholders.

Ruth Cooke Ruth Cooke, Chief Executive Officer

Ruth has been CEO of Midland Heart since 2012 and was previously Finance Director. Ruth is passionate about Midland Heart’s work to deliver a range of homes and services across the Midlands that enable people to live independently. 

Midland Heart owns and manages 33,000 homes and is dedicated to providing quality, affordable homes combined with excellent services to over 70,000 customers including support services for homeless people and older people, anchored within our accommodation.

Midland Heart works in some of the most challenging areas of the Midlands and, as a founder member of the West Midland Housing Association Partnership, is committed to working with the West Midlands Combined Authority to drive the housing, support and public services agendas for our region.

A qualified accountant and corporate treasurer, Ruth is also Chair of Connexus Housing and is the Vice Chair of the Social Housing Pension Scheme Committee.

Andrew Foster, Executive Andrew Foster Director of Governance and Contracts

Andrew is responsible for the overall effectiveness and operation of Midland Heart's governance. He is also responsible for the effective procurement of goods and services and for ensuring that our external contracts are managed well so that they deliver high quality and good value services for our customers.

Andrew joined Midland Heart in 2006 after 10 years working as a lawyer and Company Secretary with IT services company, ITNET plc. And prior to that, was a corporate solicitor with a major Midlands law firm. 

Glenn Harris

Glenn Harris MBE, Executive Director of Corporate Resources

Glenn joined Midland Heart following a career spanning seven years at East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), where he spent five years as Executive Director of Corporate Services, followed by two years as Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Logistics, supplying over £1bn of consumable goods to all NHS Trusts across England

His current role includes responsibility for Strategy, Finance, HR & IT teams, and his role includes leading the Executive team’s corporate planning processes.

Glenn received an MBE for services to business in 2012.

David Taylor David Taylor, Executive Director of Operations

David Taylor has worked in housing for 16 years and before joining Midland Heart spent 10 years at Leicester City Council, he played a key role in significantly improving the quality and performance of services to its customers. David is experienced in leading a wide range of customer focussed services and ensuring customers are at the heart of shaping these. This has included regeneration projects and leading a team responsible for commissioning and contracting housing related services.

Joe Reeves June 2016 (1)Joe Reeves, Executive Director of Growth & Corporate Affairs

Joe is responsible for delivering the organisation’s growth strategy, and has recently expanded his portfolio to include housing development, which will see him responsible for the delivery of Midland Heart’s plan to build around 2350 homes for social and affordable rent over five years. Prior to joining Midland Heart in July 2013, Joe spent fifteen years with leading management consultancy, PwC working in the Corporate Finance Infrastructure and Government team.  

As a Director, Joe acted as a commercial adviser on major economic and social infrastructure PPP projects for local government across the UK with a combined value of £1.5bn. Joe is acknowledged for his work on housing PPP and Housing Revenue Account reform, having co-authored a number of thought leadership publications.