Our Board sets the strategic direction of the business.
Meet our Board
Our board is made up of six independent members, three members nominated by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and three tenant Board members.
Board members at Tai Calon Community Housing share responsibility for:
- Setting strategic objectives and agreeing the plans to achieve those objectives
- Approving the budget and accounts
- Monitoring performance against agreed plans and budgets; and
- Making sure that the affairs of the organisation are conducted in a proper manner (governance).
All of our Board Members are volunteers and are governed by the Rules of the organisation.
Board meeting dates for 2017/18
(All meeting are on a Monday and start at 5pm).
- May 8, 2017
- June 19, 2017
- July 24, 2017
- September 25, 2017
- November 6, 2017
- February 5, 2018
- March 19, 2018
If you would like to attend a meeting please contact Jayne Lewis, Assistant Company Secretary on 0300 303 1717.
Dr Norma Barry MBA, FRSA, FCMI, MIOD - Chair
Norma Barry grew up in the South Wales mining valleys and went on to develop a career in the then Welsh Office and latterly the Welsh Government.
She now runs her own company, Inside Out: Organisational Solutions, which provides a range of strategic, research and policy support services to the third, private and public sectors. Norma is passionate about leadership and management. She has written books on successful people management, which are widely available.
Apart from running her own consultancy company, Norma is a member of the Food Standards Agency’s Welsh Advisory Committee; a member of the Welsh Government’s Food Industry Board; a Committee member for the Care Council for Wales; and a Member of Welsh Water.
Fred Davies is an experienced private leisure sector Company Director, former Local Authority Corporate Director and Interim Manager.
Although majoring in Local Authority and Registered Social Landlord housing, he has managed a wide range of technical, health, architectural and customer services in England and Wales and is committed to the provision of quality, value for money services. He has been a non-executive Director of a major national housing association and a founder member of more local associations. He has also been a regulator appointee to the boards of associations requiring reinforcement.
Colber is a professional interim, consultant and trouble-shooter. Originally from south-west Wales, he is a qualified post-graduate engineer and business director with over 33 years experience working with Government departments, agencies and arms-length bodies, local authorities, registered social landlords, private and third sector organisations.
He has extensive social housing leadership and mentoring experience, advising Boards, Chief Executives and senior management teams on over £9.3 billion of housing, property, land and infrastructure assets. Colber specialises in housing development and community regeneration strategies, the investment and funding of assets and the delivery of new and improved social housing based on local housing needs.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers and Association for Project Management. He has served as a national council Member, Regional Chair and Fellow of the Institute of Consulting and the Institute of Business Consulting.
Katherine Howells has worked in the social housing sector for 15 years in strategic and operational positions.
Her most recent role was at a housing association which provides housing throughout Wales and Shropshire for adults with a learning disability and other complex needs. Katherine’s experience includes housing management, tenant participation, equality and diversity and tenant satisfaction. She has also worked in project management, dealing with allocations, homelessness and housing advice for a large Welsh local authority. Katherine has a BA (hons) degree in English Literature, an MSc in Housing and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Mark’s current role as Business Unit Manager for a national construction business heading up South Wales and the South West of England for a number of years, and having experience working within the housing sector makes him an ideal board member.
Mark commenced within the construction industry completing a trade apprenticeship, and progressed to his current role of Business Unit Manager. Mark has spent many years within the sector, both from a technical and managerial background which gives him a clear insight into the construction industry and business management aspects of the role. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the organisation with a different prospective. His main reason for being a board member is to give back to the sector in which he works and enjoys.
Vicki is a committed & enthusiastic individual who has lived in social housing in Tredegar for 7 years.
She wants to join the Board to help to ensure that those living in social housing provided by Tai Calon have properties that they can be proud of – with an excellent repair service, great customer service, as well as value for money. She is on the Board of Directors for Smart Money Cymru Credit Union as well as being Chair of the Cefn Golau Together Committee.
Robert (Bob) Summers
Bob Summers has lived in Ebbw Vale for 40 years. During that time he married and had three children.
He worked for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council for 36 years and finally retired in 2011. During his employment he achieved promotion to Principal Engineer in the Technical Services Department and in that time gained experience of dealing with community projects and how local government works.
He worked as a Trade Union Official, for UNISON, finally attaining the post as Assistant Secretary. The skills he brought to the post were listening to individuals, supporting them and negotiating on their behalf.
In May this year he stood as an Independent candidate in the Local Elections and was elected as one of three candidates in the Ebbw Vale North Ward.
Stewart Healy has lived in Beaufort for 50 years, where he is now Councillor for that ward.
He worked for 39 years in Housing with the Local Authority, working in various positions in Housing as Housing Manager and at the time of retirement I was Manager of the Anti Social Behaviour Team.
Malcolm is a Blaenau Gwent Borough Councillor who has previously worked for British Telecom.
Malcolm joined the Board in 2017 following his nomination by the Local Authority.
Kelly Reynolds Co-optee
Kelly has over twenty years Senior Management Strategic and Executive experience in Regeneration, Housing and Welfare to Work, within the Voluntary, Private and Public Sector working within the most deprived communities within Wales.
She is passionate about making a social difference and her professional career has been in roles that have either allowed her to support families in need or to actively stimulate wider social change to maximise the positive impact on deprived communities. Many of the roles have been lead service commissioning and regional operational roles, giving her detailed knowledge of what is required to develop a successful development strategy as well as winning bids and successfully access grant funding.
Claire Barley Co-optee
Claire is Head of Strategy and Organisational Development at Newport City Homes. She was previously worked for the NHS in Wales and Welsh Government. In recognition of her work in Public Health Wales, she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health and appointed to the Board of the UK Public Health Register.
Claire is passionate about working in public services and housing. She is keen to promote the important role social that housing plays in our society