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Assurance Committee Member - Jen Griffiths
Jen Griffiths
Member of the Assurance Committee

Jen joined the Clwyd Alyn Assurance Committee in September 2023.  Jen is a Service Manager at Flintshire County Council with responsibility for Housing, welfare and communities. Jen has worked in local government for over 30 years and has a wide range of experience in Housing, Poverty, systems leadership and partnership working.

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Jason Davies
Member of the Assurance Committee

Jason is the CTO of SudoCyber, a gamified learning platform used by the military, police, academia, and industry. Jason is also co-founder of Cyber Wales and has been developing secure web applications and advising companies on their Cyber Security for over 20 years. After spending his early years in the military, Jason went on to set up and run his own business in Wales. He is passionate about helping to spread best practise and real-world solutions to cyber challenges and believes that ‘secure’ should not mean ‘complex’.

Jason’s passion for both Cyber and Wales led him to co-found the Cyber Wales Ecosystem in 2014 which now totals over 2,700 Members with international collaborations across more than 30 countries. Jason is also an NCSCi100 Secondee and also a Cyber First Ambassador as well as a Police Cyber Volunteer and a Specialist Reserve Officer in the British Army.

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Bethan Smith
Bethan Smith
Board Member
Member of the Assurance Committee

Bethan joined the ClwydAlyn Board in September 2023. Bethan is the Programme Manager in the Good Practice Team at Audit Wales. The role of the team is to improve public services. Bethan has over 15 years’ experience of working in the public sector in Wales, having previously worked in various roles across Social Services for Adults and Children at Flintshire County Council.

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Board member Rob Morton
Rob Morton
Board Member
Chair Assurance Committee, PenArian Chair – TirTai – Vice Chair

Rob joined the Board in August 2019.  Rob has spent the majority of his career in the oil and gas and private finance initiative sectors before moving into Social Housing.  Rob is the interim Director of Finance for Corporate Services for a supported living charity Norwood.

He has over 20 years’ experience in commercial and financial roles and is responsible for finance, business improvement, ICT and enterprise and growth. He is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Board member Nia Hughes
Nia Hughes
Chair of TirTai, ClwydAlyn Board Member and Member of the Assurance Committee

Nia joined the ClwydAlyn Board in August 2019. Nia also sits on the TirTai Board and the PenArian Board.

Nia started her career in audit and tax at PWC and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants. In 2015 Nia also became an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasures.

After leaving PWC in 2010, Nia worked for US owned companies in the automotive and medical industries, gaining broad experience across all areas of international finance including merger and acquisitions and commercial contract management. In 2014, Nia moved into the housing sector as Assistant Director of Finance at Muir Group before becoming Director of Finance at a Liverpool based Association. In 2021, Nia returned to Muir Group as Executive Director of Resources, with responsibility for finance, Treasury, ICT and business transformation. Nia has held non-Executive Director positions for over 5 years at North Wales Housing Association.

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Peter Smith-Hughes
Board Member
Chair of Resident Committee and Member of the Assurance Committee

In his previous employment, Peter worked as a Senior Manager involved in Retail Development. The job involved acquiring and developing sites, bringing the new store to the point of opening. In later years, he became a Private Hospital Manager, responsible for budgets, staff, and accounting.
Peter believes this experience will be useful as he can see a balanced view of various issues and he’s able to see the big picture, offering logical thinking processes. Peter has a desire to improve the lives of tenants.

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The Board comprises eleven Board Members and two resident Board Member representatives.

As a Welsh Landlord we are required to adhere to the Code of Governance or explain why we don’t. The code comprises seven principles for good governance, including; Organisational Purpose; Leadership; Integrity; Decision-making, Risk and Control; Board Effectiveness; Diversity and Openness and Accountability. A review of our compliance to the code has been undertaken and we believe that we comply.

The day to day running of ClwydAlyn is the responsibility of the Executive Team and the Senior Managers.

The Board meets bi-monthly and there are also a range of Committees that have specific delegated authority and report to the Board on their activities.

The Assurance Committee
Provides the Board with assurance on the effectiveness of the Group’s internal control system (which includes Risk Management, Operational and Compliance controls), Internal & External Audit, Health & Safety, Financial Reporting & Care Inspectorate Wales compliance.
The Property Committee
Provides the Board with assurance on the quality, value for money and performance of investment in building new homes and maintaining existing homes.
Our People Committee
Provides the Board with assurance that our organisational climate and culture is operating and developing and is in keeping with our values and mission.

In addition, the committee ensures that staff reward, engagement, development and attracting and retaining the best people to meet our purpose is effective and that the staff, board, committee members and volunteers health and wellbeing is understood and cared for.
The Resident Committee
Provides the Board with assurance on Resident engagement, Resident scrutiny, performance on services to Residents and Resident influence on services.

Resident Scrutiny is defined as – adopting a resident centred approach to services provided by ClwydAlyn which delivers benefits to tenants, residents and communities. Scrutiny should lead to a continuously improving service; through tenants and residents shaping and being involved in decisions taken by ClwydAlyn.
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