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)
Andrew has been involved in CHISEL since its inception over 30 years ago – originally, he was a fully mutual co-op Tenant Board Member, and then joined CHISEL as an Independent Individual member. He’s a housing, surveying and health and safety professional, who has worked 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.
Iris Garrelfs – Assistant Secretary
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
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.
Marie has worked as a manager in social housing for over twenty five years. Marie started as a Housing Officer in Camden with PCHA. Marie then spent over 10 years working at Notting Hill Housing where her roles covered project management, service redesign, quality assurance, complaints and customer care. More recently Marie has worked with a range of co-ops on behalf of the Co-operative Development Society. Marie currently works for a dynamic social enterprise on the South Bank and lives in Wallington, Surrey.
Michaela’s career in housing started as a tenant rep in 1989. She has worked in the social rented sector for a variety of organisations ranging from large scale providers such as Hyde Housing and the London Borough of Camden to specialist small organisations like Centrepoint and Habinteg. Michaela joins Chisel Board in both her capacity as an experienced housing professional and as a long term Lewisham resident.
Scott Hyde – Co-opted member
Scott is a governance manager at Clarion housing association.