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Democratic Body

The Democratic Body is made up of eleven tenant representatives, eight employee representatives and two local authority representatives. The Democratic Body are there to represent the Members and make key decisions on vital services, such as:

  • Supporting the development of the business plan.
  • The approval of the Corporate Strategy (this is the values and plan that Merthyr Valleys Homes will work to).
  • Reviewing vital services that tenants receive.
  • Getting involved in reviewing future rent setting.
  • Approving future appointments of Non-Executive Directors and the Chief Executive.
Democratic Body Representatives
Tenant Representatives Employee Representatives
Marcus Powell (Chair)
 Julie McCarthy (Vice Chair)
Nigel Phillips-Gunter

Gaynor Bradley

Marlene Burns

Beryl Evans

Annette Longbottom

Tracey Powell

Mark Williams

Kirsty Beattie

Shaun Chappell

Natalie Warner

Nicholas Lyons


Stephen Puddy

Rachel Thomas

Meeting Minutes

Minutes 11.02.2021

Minutes 05.11.20

Minutes 03.09.20


Future Dates

  • 15.04.21
  • 08.07.21
Democratic Body - Positions FAQ

FAQ’s – Democratic Body

  • What is the Democratic Body?
  • The Democratic Body is a group of 11 tenants, 8 employees and 2 representatives from Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. The tenant members elect the tenants and the employees elect employees, the council tell MVH every year who the council representatives will be.
  • Do you have to be a member to be on the Democratic Body?  
    • Yes, all tenants and employees have to be a member to serve on the Democratic Body. You also need to be a member to be able to vote others on to the Democratic find more about membership and how to join all the information can be found here Membership
  • Why does the group exist? 
    • When MVH changed over to a housing mutual (May 2016) the Democratic Body was created to give tenants and employees more control over the running of the organisation. The Democratic Body work with the Board and the Executive Management Team and are there to represent the members of MVH by influencing decisions that affect both tenants and employees.
  • How does the Democratic Body influence? 
    • The group have interviewed and elected Board members, been involved in setting tenants’ rent, influenced our capital programme, written our corporate strategy called ‘Yfory’, and are about to write the next strategy. They also are involved in reviewing budgets and interviewing Senior Manager Positions including recruitment of executive team.
  • Why are there vacancies?    
  • The term of officer for all representatives is 3 years. So we have spaces from those whose term is up and also spaces for others who have had to step down for other reasons
  • I don’t have much experience, will I get support?  
    • We want representatives to feel conformable and confidence to participate in the meeting so yes, all members on the Democratic Body are offered training in various areas, for example, housing management, IT, and finance. You will also have the option of attending conferences to help you gain more experience.
  • How much time will I have to commit to? 
    • The meetings take place normally every six – eight weeks and last for about two hours; currently the meetings are held on a Thursday morning at 10.30am (this may change in the future). You will be given notice in advance for all meetings
  • Do I get my time back?  
    • All employees who are on the Democratic Body get their time accredited.
  • Am I able to stand down if I needed to?  
  • We will strive to support you throughout your time on the democratic body but if for whatever reason you found yourself unable to continue just talk to the team who are here to help you. You would need to formally resign and your position would either go to the next person with the highest votes or would go back out to an election.


We hope this information has answered any questions you may have had, if however you still have any questions here is how to get in touch contact Zoe or Rachel your Membership Involvement Officers on 01685 727786 / 727896