Board Members

Anyone who is a CHISEL shareholder can stand for election to our Board at the Annual General Meeting - for details and how to apply, please see

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 and Chair of Human Resources Committee

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.

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.

Michaela Clare

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 joined CHISEL Board in both her capacity as an experienced housing professional and as a long term Lewisham resident.

Scott Hyde - Co-opted member. Chair of Remuneration and Nominations Committee, and Co-ordinator of Tenant Scrutiny Committee

Scott worked within the public sector for local authorities for over 12 years and worked in Social Housing for eight Years, working for two of the largest housing associations in the UK. His current work is within corporate governance for the NHS. His work has been mainly in the fields of Governance and Regulatory compliance. Scott joined the CHISEL Board in 2020 as a co-opted member to bring his governance and housing experience to the Board, and as a long term Lewisham resident.

Melisa Chester - Co-opted member

Melisa is a qualified accountant with the ACCA body, she has over 10 years housing sector experience. She is extremely passionate about the UK housing crisis and the need to be able to provide affordable homes. She works at Peabody as a Finance Manager where she supports the development directorate. She has worked across various finance functions and is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and skills to CHISEL.

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