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Our board of directors

We are governed by a board of nine directors. A third of the board are tenants, two members are nominated from Wiltshire Council and four are independent people who have an interest in the work that we do.

Our board of directors meet on a regular basis to:

  • set future plans
  • decide policies
  • watch how we spend our money
  • look at how we are providing our services

Board meetings

Board meetings in 2022 will take place on the following dates:

  • 16 March 2022
  • 6 July 2022
  • 19 October 2022
  • 14 December 2022

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We hold an annual general meeting, or AGM, of our members once a year.

Our last AGM was held on 6 October 2022, you can find the draft minutes for this meeting below.

Our board of directors

Sheila Lewis, chair

Sheila is the chair of the Selwood Housing board, and has worked in the housing sector for more than 40 years, where she began her early career in development and major repairs.

For the past 30 years she has been a management consultant working with housing associations, local authorities and charities. Sheila has been a non-executive director for different housing associations for over 10 years.

Chris Butters

Chris is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with around 30 years of commercial and professional experience. He was a corporate finance partner with PwC, has held various commercial board positions and now leads the Ventures Services team at Resonance Impact Investment where the mission is to arrange capital for charities and social enterprises.

Chris is also an independent advisor to the Cornwall Council Audit Committee and Governor/Treasurer to Taunton School. Chris lives in Taunton and is married to Janet, with three grown-up children.

David Knight

David is Chair and Director of Innovation at DEfactoED, a digital education business which provides online training in digital transformation for people working in private and public sector organisations.

Before co-founding DEfactoEd in 2017, David spent the larger part of his professional career with PwC, becoming a Consulting Partner in 1995 and spending over 20 years supporting a large number of organisations around the globe on their business transformation programs.

David is passionate about the opportunities that digital presents to revolutionise our lives and about preparing people for this new revolution.

Richard Yates

Richard is a Selwood Housing shared ownership customer living on our new Edmund Park development in Frome. He has 30 years of customer service experience working in medium to large companies in commercial and higher education sectors. He most recently worked as the service manager for Citizens Advice in Bath.

He has a passion for all things customer and will be working to ensure customers voices are always heard and considered in his new role on our board of directors.

Stella Shepherd

Stella is a business studies graduate with 20 years of industry experience, which includes a background in accounts for distribution, law and property companies, and experience in purchase to payment process improvement.

Stella currently works as a bookkeeper for a local accountants and is a Selwood Housing shared ownership customer.

Valerie Lee

Valerie has over 30 years commercial experience with many well-known retail and FMCG brands across both the private and public sector. She has lived in Bath and North East Somerset for the last 20 years with her husband who is a primary school teacher and her two girls, who attended school in Wells and Radstock.

Valerie is passionate about supporting businesses that strive to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities across the South West. She is currently Chair of Sphere Leisure, a subsidiary of the Circadian Trust charity which operates leisure centres in the South Gloucestershire area, and she is also a board member at Plymouth Community Homes.

Marie Mow Ching

Marie has held a variety of non-executive roles within the housing sector, including board member, vice chair and chair positions. This experience has resulted in her contributions bringing value added strategic insight, knowledge and experience of what good governance looks like.

Marie’s career prior to non-executive roles was working in government, across several Departments. This provides her with knowledge across a range of sectors to inform strategic and financial planning, understanding of corporate performance and risk management.

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones is currently Chair of a local pre-school, but prior to this gained 8 years of experience within a fast growing customer service based environment.

Hannah is extremely customer focused and at all times ensures she provides outstanding customer service and thinks outside of the box in improving ways to come up with ideas to help the business and our customers.

Cllr Philip Whitehead

Philip has a wide range of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has been a Wiltshire Councillor since 2014, holding various Cabinet positions before being elected leader of the Council in 2019. 

Philip brings with him experience of holding non-executive positions, which include board member at SWLEP (Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership) and chair of Swindon and Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

Why not get involved?

Did you know that our tenants can become a member of Selwood Housing which means that you can vote on decisions made at our AGM.

Becoming a member is free. Just complete and sign the form below and send to:

Company Secretary
Selwood Housing
Bryer Ash Business Park

Bradford Road
BA14 8RT

To find our more about becoming a Selwood Housing member, email Mark.Mayler@selwoodhousing.com or call us on 01225 715 715.

As a tenant or member of the public you are welcome to attend a board meeting if you wish. Contact us for more information.