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Our board of directors

We are governed by a board of nine directors. A third of the board are tenants, a third are people nominated from Wiltshire Council and the final third 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 take place on the first Wednesday of every other month.

Our next board meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 July.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We hold an annual general meeting or AGM of our members once a year. Our AGM for 2018 will be held on Tuesday 2 October.

Our board of directors

Brian Cosstick, Chair

Brian is chair of the Selwood Housing board and also sits on the board of Silcoa. As an independent member he brings a wealth of experience from the private sector, including new business start-ups, finance and pensions. Brian worked his way to CEO level within the gas industry and has social housing experience from previously sitting on the board of Sovereign Housing Association.

Margaret Haylock, vice chair

Margaret is vice chair and has extensive knowledge of business administration, human resources and health & safety from working in the NHS and with Essex local authority. Margaret has achieved a post-graduate diploma in human resource management (CIPD) and is vice chair of the Group remuneration and governance committee and a tenant of Selwood Housing.

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.

Ian Harries

Ian has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years, ranging from roles as a rent collector to that of chief executive. He has also been a housing advisor to the office of the deputy prime minister, an audit commission housing inspector and chair of a residents' association. Ian has an honours degree in housing and a higher technical diploma in land administration and valuations. He is the current vice chair of the audit and risk committee.

Claudia Bailey

Claudia has recently joined the board and is also a customer of Selwood Housing. Claudia's background is in local and central government, having worked for HMRC's legal team and tax department. Claudia now works for Bath and North East Somerset council in quality assurance.

Claudia is passionate about service improvement and delivery, as well as music; her second love and passion which she studied at degree level.

Lee O’Bryan

Lee is serving his second term on the Selwood Housing board and is chair of the resources and governance committee. 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 Bridget Wayman

Bridget is a non-practising chartered surveyor with keen interest in town planning and design. Bridget is keen to encourage greater tenant involvement and the management of estates to contribute to a better local environment.

Martin Pain

Martin brings to the Selwood Housing Group board extensive project design experience as well as financial knowledge related especially to large scale housing developments. As Martin is also a tenant of Selwood Housing he is keen to get involved with crafting tenant centric policies and development plans.

Matt Tyler, adviser

Matt has over 25 years' experience in housing, maintenance and construction. Originally qualifying as a quantity surveyor, he now heads up multi-million pound construction and development company Dribuild. A strong and inspirational leader delivering measurable results with integrity and clear vision. He has a proven track record of delivering great customer service and value for money. Known for driving growth, Matt passionately believes in developing people and building strong teams.

Sheila Lewis, adviser

Sheila 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. An image of Sheila is to follow shortly.

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.

Selwood Housing is registered with the Homes & Communities Agency and is a registered charity (1141124). Selwood Housing Society Limited is a company limited by guarantee (4168336). We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference no 739371. All rights reserved. Webdesign and web development by Nvisage