Changes To Mid-Wales Housing Association’s Board

At Mid-Wales Housing Association's Annual General Meeting earlier this month, Mr. Peter Swanson was elected as the new Chair and Mr. Richard Martin as the Deputy Chair of the Board of Management. There were also a number of changes to its membership.

Mr. Swanson, who lives in Montgomery, is a retired farmer and Justice of the Peace, who has served as Chair of Dyfed Powys Health Authority and Chair of Powys County Council Standards Committee. He is also a private landlord.

Mr. Martin, from Beulah in Ceredigion, is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer, having worked in both the public and private sectors. He is also a former Chair of Ceredigion County Council's Standards and Ethics Committee and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Mr. Peter Swanson said: "For the past 12 months I have been proud to support the former Chair in my role as Deputy Chair and look forward to working with the Board for the benefit of tenants across our area of operation".

During the Annual General Meeting the Association was also delighted to announce that six new Members were elected to join its Board of Management. Ms. Elenor Bonner-Evans, a senior lawyer, who has a farm in the Dyfi Valley; Mr. Tony Bowron, who has worked for 35 years at a senior level in the affordable housing sector; Ms. Joy Garfitt, who is the Assistant Director for Mental Health with Powys Teaching Health Board and former Head of Adult Social Care for Powys County Council; Mr. Daniel Lewis, who is a Business Intelligence Manager for Melin Homes and a trustee of a charity supporting young homeless people and vulnerable women; Mrs. Pamela Smith, a tenant from Llanidloes and town councillor; and Miss Susan Havard, a former management accountant with Powys County Council.

As well as these appointments, the Association said farewell to Mr. David O. Evans and Mr. Ray Dowling, who retired from the Board after many years of loyal and dedicated service to the Association and Mr. Peter Bayliss, who stood down after three years on the Board.

Mr. Evans, retiring Chair, said: "During my three years as Chair, I have been proud to have been part of the team that has seen the Association grow into the success that it currently is - both financially, and in relation to performance. However, perhaps what I am most proud of is the fact that we have continued to make people's lives better, obviously through the provision of more homes in the region, but also where we have used our methods of procurement to secure local employment, training or other benefits to the community".

Mr. Shane Perkins, Chief Executive of Mid-Wales Housing Association, said: "Whilst it is sad to say goodbye to colleagues who have worked so hard toward the Association's success, it is also exciting to have appointed new, highly-skilled individuals, with whom I look forward to working alongside in the future. It is particularly gratifying that in addition to individual talents, the Board overall now has a balance of gender and a mix of working and retired Members".

Photograph Caption: Left Mr. Peter Swanson (Chair) right Mr. Richard Martin (Deputy Chair)