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Our Executive Team

Mike Owen
Chief Executive

Mike has been the Chief Executive of Merthyr Valleys Homes since April 2011.  Prior to 2011 Mike worked at Carrick Housing in Cornwall for nearly 10 years which was recognised as one of the leading housing organisations in the UK.  Mike has also worked as the Chief Executive of Birmingham Cooperative Housing Services, a specialist secondary housing co-operative.

Mike is very active in the national housing movement and was a member of a Welsh Government Ministerial Housing Task.  He helped set up the National Federation of ALMOs and was its officer Chair for a number of years.  He is also a Governing Board Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a Director of Procurement for Housing.

Mike is married and has two rugby and surfing mad boys and spends all his time either standing on cold touchlines or standing in cold seas.


Lorraine Oates
Director of Finance and Resources

Lorraine is CIPFA qualified and was Group Accountant at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council from 2003 to 2009. The latter part of this time was spent working on the stock transfer. She transferred to Merthyr Valleys Homes (MVH) in March 2009 as Finance Manager.

Lorraine was promoted to Director of Finance and Resources in 2011. Her remit covers Finance, IT and Human Resources. She has overseen the strengthening of Merthyr Valleys Homes’ financial position and has represented MVH in setting up a joint Internal Audit Service – Barcud Shared Services – with Valleys to Coast, Bron Afon and NPT Homes, which won the award for Delivering Efficiency and Value for Money at the CIH Welsh Housing Awards 2013. Lorraine is also keen to promote transparency and value for money in the organisation, involving tenants and staff in the full budget setting process for MVH.

Lorraine’s interests include travelling, eating out, cooking and going to the cinema.


Victoria Slade
Director of Operations

Victoria joined Merthyr Valleys Homes in 2011. In addition to housing and estate management services, she is also responsible for the teams who work in the contact centre, income collection and leasehold management, sheltered and supported housing, regeneration, and housing policy and research.  Before coming to live and work in Wales, she worked for the Audit Commission in England, which gave her an insight into a wide range of housing organisations and also a desire to improve services and practise. She is a voluntary Board member of a local social enterprise. Much of her spare time is spent outdoors in the stunning scenery of South Wales, and she is often found behind a camera.