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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 2020 will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 5 February
  • Wednesday 6 May
  • Wednesday 8 July
  • Tuesday 6 October

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We hold an annual general meeting, or AGM, of our members once a year. Our 2020 AGM took place on Tuesday 29 September. You can find minutes from the 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.

Lee O’Bryan

Lee spent the majority of his career with Royal Mail, working in operations and HR. Lee is now semi-retired while running his own company. Lee grew up living in social housing and is able to bring his own first hand experience to the position, as well as his business expertise.

Cllr Richard Britton

Following an early career in the computer industry, Richard progressed to become assistant general manager of a substantial mutual fund. He then became an entrepreneur, launching and acquiring a number of businesses.

Richard has held a host of governance roles in public bodies including the NHS, Salisbury College, Wiltshire Police Authority and also serving as Leader of Salisbury District Council.

Martin Large

Martin retired in 2015 after fifteen years as CEO of GLE Group, a leading small and medium-sized enterprise focused finance, investment, business and property services group. Martin is a chartered surveyor with a background in property asset management and development.

Martin has a wide range of executive and non-executive board experience in the business finance, property and housing sectors. His previous experience in housing includes lead non-executive director role in development and value for money at two London and South East based housing associations and two years as NED at London based intermediate housing developer, Pocket Living.

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.

Valerie Witcomb

Valerie joined the board in November 2018. With an extensive background working in finance for a number of limited companies, in 1994 Valerie helped to set up a business with a colleague in the mechanical services industry as company secretary/accountant.

Valerie brings extensive knowledge of the building industry. Also, as a customer of Selwood Housing, Valerie brings to the board this insight and understanding. In her spare time, Valerie is very involved in her local community of Bratton, which included raising funds to support Bratton's village hall refurbishment in 2002. Valerie also enjoys a round of golf and her local amateur dramatics group.

Cllr Steve Oldrieve

Steve is a professional engineer by trade and recently retired as a senior manager for a regional utilities company. He has lived in Trowbridge for over 30 years and is a Wiltshire councillor and Trowbridge town councillor. Steve will use his experience as a chartered engineer, his knowledge of the local community and working in a regulated organisation to support the work of Selwood Housing Group.

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.

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.

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:

Diane Hall
Company Secretary
Selwood Housing
Bryer Ash Business Park

Bradford Road
BA14 8RT

To find our more about becoming a Selwood Housing member, email 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.

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