Orbit Group announces new Chief Executive

Orbit has announced the appointment of Phil Andrew, currently Chief Executive of the UK’s largest debt advice charity StepChange, as new Group Chief Executive.

Phil will join Orbit by 3 July 2023, with Orbit Group Finance Director, Jonathan Wallbank, appointed Interim Chief Executive as Mark Hoyland steps down.

David Weaver, Orbit Group Chair, commented: “I am delighted that Phil is joining us. He brings with him a strong commercial focus combined with meaningful experience of leading organisations that are driven by social purpose. This, alongside his knowledge of social housing and his experience from outside the sector, will add impetus in driving forward Orbit’s vision: to lead in building thriving communities.”

Phil Andrew adds: “Social Housing is one of the most important and challenging sectors in the social purpose environment. With so many competing demands, from building safety, decarbonisation and raising the bar of social housing, to supporting customers through the cost of living crisis, it requires a deep understanding of the heavy social obligation which comes with creating thriving communities, along with a strong financial focus, and I am hugely looking forward to playing my part.”

David adds: “I am hugely appreciative that Jonathan has agreed to take on this additional responsibility and would like to thank Mark for his exceptional contribution to Orbit and the sector. He has been pivotal in shaping Orbit's strategy and building a customer-centric culture, and delivering the Group’s strongest set of financial results. I am sure I speak for all at Orbit when I wish him all the very best for his new role.”

Prior to joining StepChange, Phil was Chief Executive of Working Links, which provides innovative interventions to disadvantaged and socially excluded groups within the UK, Ireland, and the Middle East. He has also held a number of senior positions in the UK and France including Chief Finance Officer of Sodexo UK & Ireland, and Chief Executive, Sodexo Justice Services. He is a Chartered Accountant, qualified treasurer, and Chartered Marketer, and is Vice-Chair of Raven Housing Trust and previously Chair of the Breck Foundation, an online safety awareness charity.