The Board is made up of 8 Non-Executive Directors who are appointed by the Democratic Body. As well as their skills and experience, they are appointed based on their values and beliefs. The Board deliver on an annual work programme that Members play a key part in setting.
Board Meetings are open to anyone, They start at 6:00pm and take place at
Merthyr Valleys Homes Ty Brychan, 22 Lansbury Road, Gellideg, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1HA
If you would like to attend a meeting as an observer you will need to give notice before the meeting. You can give notice by calling us on 01685 727751
Meet the Board
Nicola Evans - Chair
Nicola has been the Chair for four years. She has chaired Merthyr Valleys Homes through the completion of the promises made to tenants at stock transfer, the completion of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) programme and the building of their first new build housing scheme. Most recently, Nicola has chaired Merthyr Valleys Homes through its biggest change, becoming Wales’ first tenant and employee housing mutual.
In January 2015 Nicola took the role of Legislative Lead for the Older Person’s Commission for Wales. Previously Nicola worked for Cymorth Cymru, the umbrella body for organisations working with vulnerable people, and for five years worked as their Policy and Information Manager. Nicola’s commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable people and helping people build the life they aspire to has continued to grow as her career has developed.
Nicola was brought up in Merthyr Tydfil and she is passionate about the area and believes that housing has a vital role to play in its regeneration.
Elizabeth Lendering - Deputy Chair
Elizabeth is an experienced finance professional who has a wealth of knowledge of the sector with over 7 years’ experience of working in social housing. Elizabeth is a qualified chartered accountant, and a fellow of the institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Elizabeth is currently working as Finance and Resources Director at the Cadarn Housing Group, and prior to this she spent 7 years as Director of Resources at Arthritis. Prior to that her experience includes work with Stratford Development Partnership (inner city regeneration agency) and Eaves Housing for Women (supported housing for vulnerable women). Elizabeth’s experiences encompass international, national and small local charities, working in diverse work environments from large city institutions to small local community organisations. This has brought Elizabeth into contact with a rich diversity of people.
Elizabeth has extensive knowledge of governance, having experience of diverse boards who have steered organisations through change, both as an executive and non-executive. Elizabeth is currently the treasurer for the Vale of Glamorgan Twinning Association, and this provides opportunities to improve on French but more importantly help people visit and get socially involved with like-minded people in other countries.
Elizabeth is a keen cyclist, enjoys gardening and drawing and is a member of the Vale Voices Community Choir. She has three sons and a granddaughter.
Stephanie is a Commercial Property partner with Stone King LLP Solicitors. Stephanie specialises in working with Charities and other not for profit organisations and deals with all aspects of commercial property including property finance, freehold & leasehold acquisitions, disposals, and all related general landlord and tenant matters .
Stephanie was brought up and educated in Merthyr Tydfil, and originally qualified as a nurse in the forces. Later in her career, she re- trained as a solicitor, and qualified in 1998. Stephanie currently resides in Merthyr Tydfil
Carol has been a HR professional for over 30 years having worked in various sectors (not for profit; NHS, education and commercial) and is a Fellow of the CIPD. She brings a wide range of skills and experience to the role of board member which she has gained by working in the UK, Australia, USA, Argentina, Netherlands, Switzerland and Singapore.
Carol was born in Cardiff and lived in Wiltshire for a short time, but returned to Cardiff to finish her school education locally. Carol then moved to Australia for 7 years before returning to Wales. She returned to Australia on two more occasions to live and work but finally settled in Cardiff when she had her daughter. Carol is married and now blessed with a grandson and a granddaughter.
Carol also has a long history with the Scout Association having been a Cub Scout Leader, Assistant Area Commissioner for Leader Training and a District Commissioner. She is currently the Chair of the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Scout Council Appointments Committee and a trainer covering aspects of leadership and working with adults.
Rachel has worked across the Housing sector starting her career with the Vale of Glamorgan Council where she worked on the Housing Stock Transfer programme after graduating with a Masters from Cardiff University. Rachel then joined the Chartered Institute of Housing where she held the position of i2i Coordinator for South Wales and Powys delivering support for community benefits and tenant engagement across her region of work. Rachel then joined NPT Homes Community Regeneration team, focusing on the added benefits the housing investment can make to communities. She is now the Head of Community Regeneration at Newydd Housing Association.
Outside of her day job Rachel held the role Vice Chair of Family Housing Association Board for two years between 2014 – 2016. She was also a finalist in 24 Housing’s Young Leader competition on 2015.
Rachel is originally from Swansea, and currently lives in Margam with her husband and daughter.
Jon has worked solely within the fields of community safety and housing and has a strong belief that society should protect the vulnerable (wherever possible). This belief continues to drive him and his interest in community safety has grown stronger since obtaining an MSc in the subject along the way. Jon started his career in community safety at the 2006 launch of the 101 contact centre in Cardiff and subsequently worked for Cardiff Council and Newport City Homes. In 2012, he moved to RCT Homes to manage their Community Safety Team. One re-brand later, Jon has taken on a second team, providing housing management services for just over half of their housing stock.
Some of Jon’s key achievements include the implementation of a UK first information sharing pilot with South Wales Police (winning ‘Innovation of the Year’ 2018 at the Chartered Institute of Housing UK Housing Awards); development and successful implementation of case management software with a Cardiff based company (now being trialled by the NHS for UK rollout); and helping to shape the ‘Review Together’ pilot looking and trauma informed approaches to housing.
Jon lives in Cardiff. He is married, and is a proud dad to two children. He has represented Wales and Great Britain in Fullbore target rifle, and spends his ‘spare time’ training for the occasional marathon or obstacle course race, and most recently has become a committed road cyclist and downhill mountain biker.
Calvin Jones is a Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University where he helms the School’s unique Public Value strategy. Calvin has been employed at the University since 1998 and holds a PhD in the Economics of Tourism and Major Sports Events. Calvin specialises in the analysis of the Welsh economy, and his interest in the Valleys means that he has an excellent contextual knowledge of how Wales ‘works’ and the particular issues that drive or hinder success in Valleys communities.
Calvin’s current research work includes membership of the Foundational Economy Network in Wales, and a related project looking at RSL procurement in Torfaen; work with the Commissioner for Future Generations around future skills, and on understanding progress towards the seven ‘goal’ areas; the impact of superfast broadband in Wales; and work with the Wales Audit Office, Wales Coop Centre and others looking at how both procurement and social business models can be levered to help improve Wales’ socio-economic (and environmental) outcomes.
Calvin is a failed rock star and novelist, but winner of the Moss Madden Medal in Regional Science. In 2012 he authored the black comedy short ‘A Million Years of Sunshine’.
Chris is the Good Practice Exchange Manager at the Wales Audit Office (WAO), and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Wales Audit Office approach to sharing good practice across public services. This led to a significant shift in the role of the WAO and has been recognised as effective and innovative by stakeholders and peers in addition to independent reviews. In 2018 Chris was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study large scale cooperatives in the Basque Country (NE Spain) and New England (USA). Chris truly believes that the future of Wales lies in economic activity that is rooted in, and democratically controlled by its communities, cooperatives and mutuals.
Chris is a Trustee Board Member of Cartrefi Cooperative, which supports people to live good lives in the community, and is also a member of the Co-production Network for Wales Advisory Panel.
Chris was born in Nelson, and has been connected with Merthyr Tydfil all of his life.