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Dr Norma Barry is New Chair

Blaenau Gwent’s largest social landlord has celebrated its third birthday with the appointment of a new Chair of its Board.

Dr Norma Barry takes over from Philip Crozier who stepped down after three years as Chair of Tai Calon Community Housing and 18 months as Chair of its Shadow Board.

Norma Barry said: “I am delighted to become Chair and am looking forward to the role. The organisation has already achieved significant improvements for tenants since it came into being three years ago.”

She added: “Tai Calon still faces many challenges, including supporting tenants in dealing with the welfare reforms and finding job opportunities in an area of high unemployment and in these difficult economic times.”

Talking about her new job, Norma Barry said: I will be working with the committed and passionate Board and Management team to help meet these challenges and ensure that Tai Calon continues to meet or exceed the expectations of tenants.”

Dr Barry grew up in the South Wales Valleys and worked for the then Welsh Office and more recently the Welsh Government. She is a former Senior Civil Servant with extensive central government experience and an excellent knowledge of Wales’s economic, political and social challenges.

She now runs her own company, InsideOut: Organisational Solutions which delivers a wide range of services for public and voluntary organisations, and private companies. She is passionate about leadership and management, and has recently published a book on successful people management.

Norma Barry is also a member of Welsh Water, the Food Standards Advisory Committee for Wales and the Court of the University of Wales, as well as a Committee Member for the Care Council for Wales.

Jen Barfoot, Chief Executive of Tai Calon said: “We are very lucky to have someone of Dr Barry’s calibre to join us on our Board as Chair. We were all saddened when Philip Crozier announced his resignation. However, tenants and staff are very grateful for all his hard work and commitment to the organisation.”

Philip Crozier who resigned in July says he has mixed feelings about his decision to leave the organisation which has been such a huge part of his life over the past five years. He stood down because of other demands on his time.

Tai Calon Community Housing was created in July, 2010, when tenants of Blaenau Gwent Council voted in favour of their homes being transferred to the new “not for profit” organisation. Tai Calon is spending £111 million by 2015 bringing all the properties up to Welsh Housing Quality Standard. The work is on target and budget.

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