Anyone who is a CHISEL shareholder can stand for election to our Board at the Annual General Meeting. We have a maximum Board membership of 12 and our rules require that tenants should fill at least one third but no more than two-thirds of the places. Current membership is as follows:
Louise Owen (Chair)
Louise Owen became a Tenant Member of CHISEL Board in July 2018. She joined CHISEL in the 1990s to build her home. Louise lives at Greenstreet with her grown up children. She works in the local area doing maintenance and decorating as well as catering and community cooking projects. Louise joined the Board to assist CHISEL to continue to provide affordable quality homes, alongside finding ways to engage more fellow residents to develop the social housing community that is our CHISEL.
Carolyn Wilson (Vice-Chair)
Carolyn is a CHISEL tenant, and a member of Flamenco housing co-op in New Cross. Until recently she worked (as a cycling instructor) within a workers’ co-op. She has many years of experience of co-operative and collective working, as well as self-organised housing & community projects. She has been based in South London for the last 25 years, and is currently active in a number of campaigns, including vs estate demolitions in Southwark.
Andrew Watson (Company Secretary – acting)
Andrew has been involved in CHISEL since its inception over 30 years ago – originally as a fully mutual co-op Tenant Board Member, and then as an Independent Individual member. He’s a housing and surveying professional, whose job with Coin Street Community Builders includes work with co-ops across London. He has advocated for CHISEL through roles of company secretary, vice chair and treasurer, using his professional skills. He has encouraged tenants to take responsibilities, including Board membership and Chair, highlighting the special value of this in terms of creativity and benefit to individuals. Andrew lives in Thamesmead.
Joseph Leach (Treasurer)
Joe first became interested in the work of CHISEL when employed on a short-term contract to update the association’s stock condition information. After his contract came to an end he wanted to continue to support the association and decided he could best do this by joining the Board. Joe works for the Royal Borough of Greenwich as a Web Technical Officer.
Angela is a Freelance property management consultant who has worked in social housing for over 25 years. Specialising in change and housing management. Angela has worked with both Housing Associations and charities and is passionate about managing the best possible housing services for people in need. She lives locally and is keen to offer her housing and change management skills and experience to help deliver the strategic goals at CHISEL.
Iris has been a CHISEL tenant since 2009, originally in a shared house in Flamenco Housing Coop. She is a sound artist with previous board experience in the creative sector and currently works as an academic at Goldsmiths where she runs the MMus in Sonic Art amongst other things.
Joanna Van Der Meer (TSC Co-ordinator)
Jo has a long association with social housing having been at the vanguard of the development of Housing Co-operatives in the 1970’s. She participated actively in the early days of Anerley Housing Co-op and her involvement continued once she transferred to a CHISEL property where she has continued to be an active tenant member serving on a number of committees over the subsequent 27 years of her tenancy. She works at the British Film Institute – BFI Southbank – where she teaches filmmaking and programmes film learning activities both in the UK and further afield. She has 2 grandchildren and 2 guinea pigs.