Our Board of management

The day to day running of Wales & West Housing is the responsibility of the Chief Executive, supported by the Deputy Chief Executive / Commercial Director, Operations Director and Finance Director.

Our Board of Management set the strategic direction for the Association and agree major decisions, such as those involving policy. The Board are ultimately responsible for the performance of the organisation setting the objectives and agreeing the business plan for the future taking account of the risks faced. Each member serves a three-year term up to a maximum of nine consecutive years.

Almost anyone who is interested in Wales & West Housing can become a shareholder of the Association. The Board of Management is elected from shareholders and therefore anyone considering applying to be a shareholder must have the skills, experience and be willing to stand as a Board member.

The Board approves the applications of prospective shareholders and seeks to attract people who represent the communities served by the Association.

 

Click here to download a Shareholder Application Form 

 

Click here to view our Shareholder Policy

 

 

Board member profiles

 


Sharon Lee - Chair, Board member

Sharon joined the Board in April 2011. She has worked in housing since 1995 and has worked at a senior level for housing associations in England and Wales.

Sharon has a BSc in Politics and Modern History and a post graduate diploma in Housing. She is a trustee of a charitable organisation in Bridgend involved in community issues and is the Director of Housing Justice Cymru .
Sharon also represents the Association on the Board of Slocombe Cottages for the Aged and Infirm.
 
Kathy Smart - Vice Chair, Board member
Kathy was re-elected to the Board in June 2017 following the required one year break after completion of her 3 x 3 year consecutive terms, during which time she served as Chair.  Kathy has been actively involved with the work of the Association since her initial co-option in 2003 and subsequent election in 2004.  She is very much involved in charity work and has an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Business from the University of Glamorgan. She is also involved in amateur dramatics. Kathy lives in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Kathy also represents the Association on the Board of Slocombe Cottages for the Aged and Infirm.

Alex Ashton – Board member
Alex has a long standing involvement with the Association since his ‘casual’ appointment in 2005 and subsequent election to the Board in 2006. Following completion of his 3 x 3 year consecutive term in 2015 he stood down and, after the required 1 year break, was successful in re-election to the Board in May 2016. Alex is currently Pastor of a local church and has over ten years’ experience working in a local authority Benefits section.  Alex has an MBA from Cardiff University and knowledge of charitable law and business development.

 

 

Jemma Bere - Board member
Jemma Bere, is a resident of WWH and lives in Powys. She was co-opted to the Board in May 2014, and was elected in May 2015. She currently works as the Policy & Research Manager at Keep Wales Tidy. Previous roles have included CREW Regeneration Wales and the Valleys Regional Park. She has experience of social, economic and environmental development across South Wales. She has knowledge of public sector policy, strategy and legislation and was previously a trustee with her local Women’s Aid Group and Refuge. Jemma runs a local community group in Brecon and has a background in sustainable development.


Heather Christan – Board member
Heather is a resident of WWH, living in Cardiff. Elected to the Board in May 2016, Heather is a retired scheme manager with over 12 years’ experience covering rented and leasehold developments in Cardiff and has also been a member of the Resident Participation Group for over 3yrs. Heather is actively involved in a wide range of housing matters and is keen to use this to support her in her Board member role.
Ole Constantine - Board member and member of Probity & Audit Committee
Ole is a resident of WWH, living in Flintshire.He was elected to the Board in May 2015. He is ex-RAF, having served over 22 years in the branch of HR. More recently he has been involved in resident participation groups and provided volunteer services for the Association in digital inclusion for the residents at Nant y Mor and Sydney Hall Court.


Ruth Eley - Board Member and member of the Probity & Audit committee
Ruth was co-opted to the Board in 2015 and elected in 2016.
Ruth has over 40 years’ experience in working in the health & social care sectors with all adult groups but most recently with older people with dementia. As a retired Local Authority Deputy Director, Ruth has experience in working at Board and Officer levels as well as being a trustee/non-executive director in Parkhaven Trust & The Live Story Network.
Rachel Fleri - Board member
Rachel was elected to the Board in 2012, after being involved with Wales & West Housing for over 5 years, initially as a member of the Probity and Audit Committee. Rachel has a degree in marine biology and went on to teach biology and science to secondary school students. In 2001 Rachel set up her own security business which means that she also brings strong commercial awareness skills to add to the expertise of the Board.
 
John McPeake - Board member and Chair of Probity and Audit Committee
John McPeake was co-opted to the Board in January 2014 and elected as a Shareholding Board member in 2015. Previously the Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), John brings a wealth of experience with him. He is a Board Member with the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations and the UK’s representative on the International Federation for Housing and Planning on their Governing Council. John has a PhD in Urban Regeneration and Economic Studies and an MSc in Town & Country Planning.
Sarah Porter - Board member
Sarah was co-opted to the Probity & Audit Committee in May 2014 and elected to the Board in 2015. She is an accredited mental health panel lawyer and qualified solicitor with experience in landlord and tenancy law, contract and property disputes and representing clients in court and tribunals as well as mediation experience.


​Kevin Taylor - Board member
Kevin was co-opted to the Board in September 2016 and appointed as a member in 2017.

Kevin is a qualified accountant with over 40 years' extensive experience.  He has knowledge of tax and employment law and is also involved with volunteer work with a Cardigan-based charity and social enterprise.  He lives in Pembrokeshire and is currently learning Welsh.
John Williams - Board member
John is a resident of WWH living in Wrexham and was first appointed to the Board in 2004. Following his resignation in 2007, he was successful in re-election to the Board in 2009. He has been actively involved with the Residents' Forum and also represented the Association on various panels and committees. John is involved in resident participation in his local area.
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Ian Fraser - Board co-optee
Ian is a retired Head of Housing and Commissioning in a partner local authority. He has worked in the housing sector since 1989 at strategic and operational levels and was a key member in the formation and development of the Powys Social Grant Forum and Affordable Housing Partnership as well as being chair of the multi-agency Powys Welfare Reform Stakeholder Group.

 

Mark Glinwood - Board co-optee
Mark has provided HR consultancy services to a wide range of organisations, primarily public and voluntary sectors for over 15 years.  As well as Human Resources, Mark brings a wealth of experience in Governance (Risk Management) and Leadership Development as well as skills and experience in housing, health and policing.