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Changes To The Mid-Wales Housing Board

Experienced housing professional, Michael Brown, has been appointed as Chair of the Board at Mid-Wales Housing Association, to lead the organisation through the final stages of its merger planned for later this year with neighbouring housing association, Tai Ceredigion.

Mr Brown was appointed at the Association's board meeting on 17 June, and replaces Peter Swanson, who steps down after three years overseeing significant changes at Mid-Wales Housing. Mr Swanson's term of office was due to end in September and the decision to step down now ensures continuity throughout these crucial final negotiations and beyond the merger, which is planned to complete in October this year.

The Mid-Wales Housing Board also co-opted housing finance expert, Steve Higginson in the run-up to the merger.

Mike Brown said: "Mid-Wales Housing has a proud forty-year history of providing quality homes and services across mid Wales. I have a total belief in great staff making great organisations, providing first-rate services to customers.

"I am passionate about the role of housing in changing people's lives for the better. I look forward to working with the team at Mid-Wales Housing during the transition to ensure residents continue to receive high quality services and that the promised improvements to housing and services can be delivered."

Thanking outgoing Chair, Peter Swanson, Deputy Chair, Olivia Morris said: "Peter has served the Association with commitment and determination, and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.

"These final stages will be crucial to the success of the merger, and both Mike and Steve bring additional housing governance, asset management and financial control experience and expertise to the Board. They will help us provide the strong oversight and scrutiny needed to complete the planned merger in October, and ensure residents and staff interests are protected now and in the future."

About Mike Brown

Having spent more than 30 years in housing including periods sitting on various housing association boards, Mike Brown retired as chief executive of Bromsgrove District Housing Trust in 2018 after 14 years with the organisation. With a Masters degree in business and coaching, Mr Brown was a long-time member of both the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Institute of Housing. He lives in Wales.

About Steve Higginson

A qualified management accountant, Steve Higginson is currently deputy chief executive at Monmouthshire Housing Association, which he helped establish following stock transfer ballot in 2008. He is also managing director of MHA's trading arm, Capsel. Previously he has worked in senior leadership roles at four other housing associations across the UK and sat on the board of another stock transfer association. He is a board member and treasurer for Community Housing Cymru.

About Mid-Wales Housing Association

Mid-Wales Housing Association was established in 1975 and has more than 1,700 properties throughout Powys and Ceredigion, as well as a few properties in Shropshire. Operating from its Newtown Office, Mid-Wales Housing provides homes for rent. It has properties to suit families and single people of all ages including the elderly, as well as properties for people who may need care and support either occasionally or full time. The Association also builds homes for sale as shared-ownership, open market and Rent to Own.

It is run by a voluntary Board of Management, who are not paid. Board Members come from throughout the region of Mid-Wales and from a variety of backgrounds, including building, finance, local government, voluntary organisations and, of course, housing.

In May 2020, the Board of Management agreed to proceed with the final business case for a merger with neighbouring housing association, Tai Ceredigion. Further tenant and leaseholder consultation is underway and shareholder and lender consents are being sought, with a view to merging to form a new housing association called Barcud in October 2020.