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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 2021 will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 17 March
  • Wednesday 7 July
  • Wednesday 20 October
  • Wednesday 15 December

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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

Our 2021 AGM was held via Teams on Wednesday 6 October at 6:30pm.

You can find the AGM notice and the minutes for the 2021 AGM 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.

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.

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.

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.

Neil Hales-Owen

Neil is a Selwood Housing shared ownership customer living on the new Callaway Gardens development in Westbury with his wife, Annette.

Neil has been working in transport for a local manufacturer for the past 15 years. He has previous experience working in sales and middle management amongst other roles. He has lived in Westbury for 18 years and likes to be involved in local community events.

Neil enjoys walking and cycling and cares about issues affecting his local countryside and environment.

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 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.