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Nik Evans
Property Committee Member

Nik is currently the Assistant Director of Property Services at Muir Group Housing. He is responsible for all aspects of the Property functions and is a member of the Groups Joint Leadership Team.

Nik has over 15 years’ experience in the sector having previously worked in a North Wales Local Authority leading various Housing departments and delivering multiple change and improvement programmes.

With a real passion for the Housing sector and as an experienced Asset and Property professional he strongly believes that through delivering and maintaining good quality homes and neighbourhoods this plays a key role in supporting the quality of life customers experience.

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Michael Larkin
Michael Larkin
Property Committee Member

Michael is a procurement leader who has over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sector. Michael has extensive experience in Housing, the NHS, education, consultancy, and the nuclear industry. Michael’s notable achievements are setting up strategic procurement functions within a greenfield Housing environment, to deliver bottom line cash savings and Social Value.

Michael holds two degrees and is a fully qualified chartered professional, having worked numerous times with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

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Brian Strefford
Brian Strefford
Board Member, Resident Committee Vice Chair and Member of the Property Committee

Brian has had a long interest in Social Housing: his parents lived in a council house for many happy years. He returned to Social Housing over 25 years ago when he became a tenant of ClwydAlyn.

Brian had a varied career, spanning the oil industry, licensed trade, financial services and IT, also having a spell in the early nineties as a volunteer for the CAB. Brian acquired many skills during this journey, including the ability to listen and talk to people.

Brian is on the Vice Chair of the Resident Committee and also sits on the Property Committee.

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Tania Silva
Board Member
Member of the Property Committee

Tania is a National Framework Manager for Construction and Consultancy Services working for Fusion21, as part of her role she manages the Youth Investment Fund Framework to provide procurement services to grant recipients of the Youth Investment Fund set up by Department of Culture Media and Sports.

Previously Tania led the North Wales Construction Partnership on behalf of the six North Wales Local Authorities. Tania specialises in the provision of compliant construction procurement for the public sector, supporting several organisations across the UK.

A collaborative approach is utilised to deliver major construction projects, incorporating regional requirements, national policies and innovative approaches to successfully deliver projects.

Tania is passionate about equality and diversity. Previously she was a board member for Women’s Equality Network Wales (WEN Wales) and has taken part in programmes to enable women into STEM subjects and to pursue careers in construction.

She is committed to supporting communities through the delivery of Social Value in the form of education, creation of training and work opportunities, in particular for disadvantaged groups and engaging with communities to understand their wants and needs to enable communities to thrive.

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Eileen Smith Hughes
Member of the Property Committee & People Committee

Eileen was a former Bank employee for 25 years. She has served on the National Executive Committee of the Bank’s Staff Union and as a Town Councillor in Penmaenmawr.

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Sandy Mewies
Board Member
Member of the Property Committee

Sandy joined the ClwydAlyn Board in July 2016 and is the former Assembly Member for Delyn, standing down after 13 years at the Senedd.  During her time at the National Assembly, Sandy was involved in scrutinising the Welsh Government’s Housing Legislation as Chair of the Communities and Culture Committee. She was also a Founding Member and Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Housing.  Previously, Sandy was also an Assembly Commissioner with a wide corporate portfolio ranging from security to equalities.

Sandy has also worked as a journalist for many years as well as in education and the voluntary sector. She was, for more than 15 years, a Councillor in Wrexham, chairing the Social Services Committee, as an Executive Board Member and was Mayor in 2001/02.  Sandy has also been a Home Office Appointee to the former North Wales Probation Board and is an Honorary Fellow at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

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Hayley Hulme
Board Member
ClwydAlyn Vice-chair and Chair of the Property Committee

Hayley joined the ClwydAlyn Board in July 2021.

Hayley is Managing Director of Starts with you, a Housing Association subsidiary Social Enterprise. She is passionate about doing business responsibly and enabling people and places to make positive change.

She has almost 30 years experience in the Housing and Social Enterprise sector, working her way from Development Officer to Director of Regeneration in Housing, running her own regeneration consultancy and as MD of Starts with you.

Hayley is also a member of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Social Enterprise Advisory Panel and Trustee of GM Chamber’s newly created Communities Foundation.

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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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