We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Sharon Lee, Derek Hobbs, Joy Ogeh-Hutfield and Tara King to join our Board. The Board approved the decision at the end of September, and our new members will be joining us from November.
The recruitment process involved our customers, who were invited to help shape our questions and form a tenant panel as part of the interview. Customers shared their views with the wider recruitment panel on who they thought would be the best fit for the role, looking for the right people who will listen and ensure that the customer voice is heard around the Board table.
With skills and experience in a number of areas including people and communities, digital transformation, diversity and inclusion, plus renewable energy, Valleys to Coast is looking forward to welcoming our new Board members to the team.
Meet our new Board members:
Sharon Lee is currently the Chief Executive of Aelwyd Housing, a faith-based housing association operating across South Wales. Sharon is originally from Merthyr Tydfil, but has called Bridgend home for over 20 years. She is actively involved in her local church, volunteering for a range of community projects.
Derek Hobbs is the Director of Digital Transformation Relationships Ltd. A resident of Bridgend, Derek has excellent knowledge and experience in technical, practical and legal aspects of modern digital, marketing plus insight techniques within the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Joy Ogeh-Hutfield is an accomplished, high-performance international trainer and coach. Joy has a dynamic record of success delivering diversity and inclusion, leadership development, executive coaching, and women empowerment initiatives at the senior management level across a broad range of organisations.
Tara King is a Director at KingShipp Sustainable Solutions, an independent advisor for circular procurement, material resource management and renewable energy projects. Tara also volunteers as Chair to a Board of Trustees for a local charity, Sustainable Wales in Porthcawl, plus the Red Cross.
Chief Executive, Joanne Oak said “We are really looking forward to being joined by our new Board members. Having recently launched our Corporate Strategy which maps out our path as an organisation, we’re excited to welcome people with fresh ideas who can help us achieve our Corporate Objectives to create Safe and Happy homes, customers, places and colleagues.”
Children from local Bridgend school, Oldcastle Primary, were recently given the opportunity to help choose a name for our latest development on Ewenny Road near Bridgend town centre - they chose ‘Tŷ Moduron’, Welsh for Motor House, as a nod to the site’s well-known motor shop past.
Working in partnership with Tylux Construction, the build consists of seven single-bedroom flats over three storeys and is expected to be completed by January 2022.
During construction, a small piece of history was unearthed when an original sign was found hidden away in the attic on-site. This captured the imagination of the school children eager to link the name of the development with its past.
The sign read Leslie Griffith’s Motors, the name of the motor dealers which originally opened on the site in 1975. A popular part of the local community, the dealers sponsored several Welsh motor racing championship events. More recently, the building was used as a double-glazing store.
Having sat vacant since 2017, we are excited to bring the building back into use, supporting our vision of building a better Wales. And by restoring this derelict site, we can bring much-needed housing to the local area which supports the regeneration of Bridgend.
To find out more about the build, take a look at the information pack here.
We are committed to providing you with homes where you can feel safe and happy. However, we cannot do this alone and need your help and assistance to make sure you, your family and your friends are safe.
Some homes share common or communal areas such as the entrance to flats. To comply with fire regulations, these areas must be kept clear so that there is nothing that could cause a fire hazard or prevent people from escaping in an emergency.
Monthly checks are carried out by ourselves to ensure that these communal areas are kept sterile i.e. hazard-free.
From 1st November 2021, any items left in these communal areas (including escape routes around the building) will now have a sticker placed on them.
If not removed in 7 days, items such as refuse sacks/cardboard boxes will be disposed of and these items will be recharged to you. If no owner is identified it will be recharged to the block.
Any items of value such as white goods/bicycles will have 14 days to be removed. If not removed, the items will be placed in storage for 28 days. If you wish to have these items returned, you will need to collect them from the storage facility on an agreed date and time and the item will be recharged to you. If no owner can be identified the recharge will be placed against the block.
If these items are not collected within the 28 day period they will be disposed of and this will also be recharged.
If you have any queries please contact the Home Safety Team:
0300 123 2100