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Craig Sparrow
Executive Director of Development
ClwydAlyn Housing

Craig started his career in housing in 1986 when he joined ClwydAlyn Housing Association as a trainee and has now gained over 30 years of experience in the sector.

He managed the development function until leaving in 2008 returning to the company as Corporate Director in 2017. Craig has been responsible in his career for many major development projects across the North Wales region, active and well known in most strategic circles he is presently pursuing the Groups’ development ambitions. Educated at the North East Wales Institute and Liverpool John Moores University, Craig graduated with BA Hons in Housing Studies.

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Paul McGrady
Executive Director of Resources
ClwydAlyn Housing

Paul grew up in North Wales and began his career with Wrexham Council where he qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant.

He then went on to work for various large public bodies in England, where he also obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration, before returning to Wales as Head of Finance and Assets at Denbighshire County Council. He managed the Council’s financial affairs, its property portfolio of business units, land, farms, and public buildings and was head of the Council’s housing department. During this time, he also worked on high profile projects including construction of new schools, a new harbour and bridge in Rhyl and a new hotel and restaurant development.

He then became Director of Resources at Adra, a registered social landlord that manages 6,300 homes in North West Wales, before moving to become a director of ClwydAlyn Housing in 2019.

Paul is a non-executive director and chair of the finance and governance committee, of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, a subsidiary of Denbighshire County Council that provides health, wellbeing and leisure services to residents and visitors. He was recently appointed to the board of WellFed Ltd, a food production company that is part of a charity dedicated to reducing food poverty in North Wales.

Paul is also a board member of Magenta Living, a housing association based in Birkenhead that provides over 12,000 social houses for rent in Wirral and Cheshire along with extra care and support.

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David Lewis
Executive Director of Asset Management
ClwydAlyn Housing

David Joined ClwydAlyn in 1991 as an apprentice heating and plumbing engineer.

After successfully completing his apprenticeship and being awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ David changed career paths to asset management, where he experienced various roles from Technical Inspector, Contract Management and supervision roles overseeing a small trades team before being appointed as Building Services Manager in March 2012.

In late 2014, David became the Managing Director of PenAlyn a newly formed specialist in house maintenance company with over 90+ staff overseeing the delivery of maintenance services for ClwydAlyn bringing inhouse additional work streams such as the gas servicing and the cleaning contract.

In 2015, David was appointed Executive Director of Assets overseeing the specialist inhouse maintenance company, Asset Management and compliance delivery.

As well as gaining front-line and strategic management experience at senior levels within the social housing sector, he has also gained a 2.1 BSc in Building Maintenance Management and holds qualifications in NEBOSH Health & Safety, Fire, Environmental, Asbestos Management P405 and Legionella Responsible Persons. He continues to explore further learning opportunities to deal with legislative changes.

He is a member of CIWFM and actively participates in national forums and localised focus groups around the de-carbonisation agenda and is passionate about making a difference for environmental challenges and supports volunteering initiatives.

He is currently interim Managing Director of Onnen our newly formed Joint Venture with another North Wales based social landlord to deliver our decarb programme.

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Suzanne Mazzone
Executive Director of Housing Services
ClwydAlyn Housing

Suzanne joined ClwydAlyn in October 2018 having previously worked as the Homeless and Commissioning Manager for Flintshire County Council. Suzanne is passionate about preventing homelessness and working to improve services for the most vulnerable people in our communities.  Initially joining ClwydAlyn as Head of Income and Service Improvement, Suzanne led on and implemented our aim to end evictions from social housing.

In September 2020 Suzanne was appointed Director of Housing Services with responsibility for Social and Affordable Housing Services, Rent Collection, Resident and Community Involvement and Customer Services.  She is also a Board Member for Well-Fed, a food enterprise working to end food poverty across North Wales.

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Edward Hughes
Executive Director of Care & Support and Executive Board Member
ClwydAlyn Housing

Ed joined ClwydAlyn in January 2017 having spent 8 years working for the Riverside Group in Liverpool, one of the largest Housing Associations in the UK. Having joined ClwydAlyn as Head of Resident Services, Ed oversaw the Groups General Needs housing stock, Extra Care and Customer Services. Ed was promoted to his current role in October 2020 and now has responsibility for the Group’s portfolio of Care & Nursing Homes, Extra Care & Supported Living services. Ed has considerable experience of partnership working across Housing, Health, Local Authority & the Third sector.

Ed has a BSc (Hons) from Cardiff Business School, is a qualified Prince2 practitioner and also has a Level 5 qualification in Health & Social Care management. Ed has previous Board experience having been Chair of Flintshire County Council’s Standards Committee and Vice-Chair on the shadow board of Dee Housing.

Ed has lived in North Wales all his life and is passionate about improving housing and support services within the region.

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Clare Budden
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board Member
ClwydAlyn Housing

I have worked in Local Government and Housing Associations for all my career and have lots of voluntary experience in the charity and social enterprise sector. I am qualified to post graduate level and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

I Chair 2025, (a movement established to end avoidable health inequality in North Wales); and am a member of the Welsh Government Ending Homelessness National Advisory Board. I am an Associate Member of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and I am Chair of the North Wales and Mersey Dee Business Council.

I am passionate about ending poverty and inequality, and I get angry that where you live, or are born, still affects life outcomes so much.

I am proud to be Welsh. I am a mum of four; living in the community where I grew up. I feel lucky, that I have been able to live the life I choose, and I want to do what I can to make sure others can too.

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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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