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.
Steve Beard (Treasurer)
Steve has worked in the social housing sector since the mid-1990s and has worked at housing associations, local authorities and large consultancies across Britain. He specialises in housing development and finance and is a confident financial modeller and spreadsheet auditor. Steve is interested in new housing tenures and innovative funding mechanisms. Steve lives locally in Forest Hill.
Adrian is a CHISEL tenant in one of the association’s shared properties. He is interested in helping make sure that tenants’ views are always considered when new policies and plans are discussed. Adrian is a tenant Board member of CHISEL’s Operational Scrutiny Committee and will be taking over the role of Co-ordinator for this Committee. He works in the Civil Service.
Sandra is a housing consultant with extensive experience of working in the social housing sector .She is committed to ensuring that organisations are well run, financially stable and that tenants are actively involved in the management of the organisation.
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.
Fiona works as a Member Development Officer at Barking & Dagenham Council specialising in governance, training and member support. She has previously worked in the housing association sector working to establish Tenant Management Organisations and in the voluntary sector with Southwark Women’s Aid and the Migrant Resource Centre. Fiona lives locally and is keen to support CHISEL in its work.
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.
Dave is the former Co-ordinator for the SE London Housing Partnership, having spent 10 years in that role and previously several years in a development role at Southwark. He has a wealth of experience in housing strategy, policy, regeneration and development. He has a long history of working with and supporting co-ops and housing associations, including helping them develop new homes. Dave lives locally and volunteers at a local wildlife gardening project.
Leo is a solicitor who specialises in development and general property matters for Registered Providers. Prior to becoming a solicitor Leo worked at Camden Council in various roles including as a housing benefit office, welfare rights advisor and housing options advisor.
Leo lives locally and wishes to help CHISEL continue its work to house people in affordable, good quality accommodation.
Des is a recently retired senior local government manager with a background in environmental services with a strong track record of successful service delivery and change management. Well versed in the regeneration of inner city locations with an extensive record of working with businesses and communities in urban environments.
He has a record of establishing a performance orientated culture and is experienced in managing large, complex revenue and capital budgets, with recent experience of driving procurement to deliver service improvement and cost reduction.
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 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.