Executive Leadership Team
This team is responsible for the day to day running and wellbeing of the organisation.
Julie Layton was appointed as Chief Executive of Advance in 2015, having worked for the organisation for a number of years as Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive.
Julie is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She has extensive experience in the social housing sector. She is a strategic, visionary leader who is passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable people and believes the non-profit sector has a big part to play in delivering change. Her philosophy is to embed a collaborative and open culture within the organisation and to inspire and empower people to perform well.
Julie has developed partnership working initiatives to ensure Advance can work with others to provide more high quality support options to customers to enable them to live the lives they choose.
In 2017 Julie was appointed to the Board of the Association of Mental Health Providers and is keen to take an active role in shaping the future of the Association and the mental health sector.
Mark Horlock is Advance's Executive Director of Resources, with responsibility for Finance, HR, ICT and Business Assurance.
Mark is an experienced finance professional who has a wealth of experience in our sector. He spent 11 years as Director of Finance for a large charitable organisation providing care and support for people with learning disabilities and autism.
Ian Gilders joined Advance in March 2016 as Executive Director of Housing, responsible for Tenancy & Leasehold Management, Repairs & Maintenance, Customer Services and Housing Investment & Development.
Ian came to Advance from a similar interim role with Response Organisation, specialising in mental health. Prior to that Ian spent 6 years in a variety of senior roles with Sovereign Housing, including Regional Director and Projects Director. Before Sovereign, Ian was Head of Supported Housing for GreenSquare Group. Ian has also worked in Strategy & Commissioning as Supporting People Manager at West Berkshire Council, as well as being a qualified social worker.
As Executive Director of Support Andrew Belcher is responsible for the strategic leadership of support services; ensuring people are able to live the lives they choose, achieve their personal goals, feel valued and know their voices are heard. Andrew is also responsible for the strategic growth, innovation and development of Advance support services.
Andrew joins Advance having spent the past 20 years working in supported housing, health and social care. Andrew began his career as a support worker supporting people with a learning disability and mental ill health; he’s since worked as an Advocate for people with a disability, as an operational manager, in business management and development roles, and most recently was Director of Support for a large care and support provider working in Wales.
Andrew is passionate about supporting customers and colleagues to achieve their individual goals and aspirations.