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Our Executive Team

Michelle Reid
Chief Executive

 

Michelle joined Merthyr Valleys Homes in April 2019, having worked for the previous five years as Chief Executive of Cynon Taf Community Housing Group.  Michelle has a wealth of experience in housing and has spent a large portion of her working life in housing related roles.

Having held three previous CEO positions and many senior positions across housing, health and social care, Michelle is no newcomer to leadership. She leads based on her values and is a strong advocate of working with people to create opportunities and unleash potential.

Michelle has a huge passion to make a difference and she believes in the power of communities to create and sustain meaningful change.

 

Lorraine Oates
Deputy Chief Executive

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.

 

 

Stacy Thomas

Director of Homes and Places

She joined MVH in July 2019 from Tai Calon where she was Director of Assets & Property.  Having previously worked as a Director, Head of Asset Management and of Property Services she has lots of experience of leading service transformation projects and the introduction of new Strategies.

Stacy is all about the culture and behaviours of an organisation and is passionate about ensuring the tenant experience is at the heart of the way the service is delivered and supports her teams to put the tenants first.

Stacy covers Asset Management, Development, compliance, repairs and maintenance and operational support.

 

 

Anthony Hearn

Director of Housing and Communities 

Anthony has worked and volunteered in housing, supported housing, and youth and community development organisations for over 30 years. He is passionate about working with people and communities to help them thrive and prosper, a big supporter of foundational economies and transformative power of the social economy, and a huge advocate for equality and social justice.

Having joined us in January 2020 from Valleys to Coast where he was Director of Housing & Customer Services, this is return to working Merthyr for Anthony who had previously led on supported accommodation and homelessness support services in the area.