Leadership update

Achieve together announces appointment of new CEO, Zak Houlahan, and the appointment of John Ivers as a Non-executive Director

The Achieve together Board is delighted to announce two new key Board member appointments. Zak Houlahan has joined as Chief Executive Officer and John Ivers has joined as a Non-executive Director.

Zak has 20 years’ senior management experience, the vast majority of which has been spent providing essential services to the UK local authority network.

Zak’s most recent role has been as Acting Chair & Chief Executive Officer at Enerveo Group. Enerveo is the former multi-disciplinary contracting business of European clean energy utility, SSE plc. In this role he led the operational transformation and significant growth of a national multi-site organisation. The infrastructure solutions and Highways Electrical businesses were engaged in partnerships with multiple nationwide green transition projects and numerous UK local authorities, providing energy savings and new carbon reduction initiatives.

Driving operational excellence

Prior to Enerveo, Zak led business units at Amey local government, TCR Group and several environmental businesses. Therefore, he brings a wealth of hands-on experience in driving operational excellence for all stakeholders.

On joining Zak said, “I am delighted to be joining Achieve together and to work with the team building on our shared vision to provide the best specialist support. I look forward to leading the organisation to ensure that people we support, and their families, remain at the heart of our organisation. Together, we can continue to exceed expectations and provide people with every opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

Key executive roles

John is a vastly experienced and recognised health and social care leader, having worked in a number of key executive roles over the past 17 years. These include Chief Operating Officer at CareTech, CEO of Nestor Healthcare, CEO of Saga Healthcare and COO of HC One.

On joining Achieve together John said, “I am very pleased to be joining Achieve together, an organisation with a great heritage of providing extraordinary care and support. I look forward to working with the amazing and dedicated Achieve together team, as we all look to continue to make a positive difference to the lives of those we support, their families and wider support networks.”

On the new appointments Mike Parish, Chair of Achieve together said, “We are delighted to welcome both Zak and John, both highly accomplished leaders who share the values and passion of the Achieve together team.”