Meet the Board2024-05-13T16:29:05+01:00

Meet the Board

Board of Management

Ann Batley
Ann BatleyChair

Ann joined the Board in 2021 after having recently retired as Director of Children’s Services for a Welsh Local Authority. She has extensive experience of working within Local Government, specifically the Social Care Sector and through this developed an interest in the housing sector, particularly in sustainable tenancy. On retirement, Ann was keen to use her knowledge and skills to help the communities in which she had lived and was eager to take up the opportunity to join the board at Merthyr Housing Association.

One of Ann’s passions is ensuring that the voice of the service user/tenant continues to be listened to and is influential in the development and purpose of the Association.

Ian Bell
Ian BellBoard Member

Ian has 20 years’ experience within the social housing sector although currently employed in the purpose built student accommodation sector with Host (Victoria Hall Management Limited) as South West Regional Manager. Previous employment and working experience with housing associations has included roles in governance, asset management, housing management, development, and community regeneration & engagement.

A previous Chair of the Board of Management Committee, Ian’s extensive and broad knowledge has enabled him to support the Board at both operational and strategic levels. Ian shares the values and philosophy of the organisation and was attracted to the role as he is aware of the positive impact MTHA has on both its tenants and the wider community.

Janet Bochel
Janet BochelBoard Member

Janet is an experienced housing professional, having worked in the sector for over 30 years before retiring in 2022. She has been a Director of two community based
housing associations in South Wales. She has a strong knowledge of asset management, development, housing management, supported housing and community development. She supports our ambition to grow, improve and maintain services and reduce our carbon emissions. Janet wants to be part of MTHA’s future and joined the Board in September 2022.

Jo Fairley
Jo FairleyBoard Member

Jo has worked in the housing sector for 20 years, and is an experienced governance professional. She has a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience of social housing in Wales. Within her current role, she is responsible for governance, health and safety, insurance and fleet, ensuring all activities conform to legislation and regulation. Jo joined the Board in September 2022 and is keen to use her skills and experience to bring appropriate scrutiny to board decision making.

Kellie Thorne
Kellie ThorneBoard Member

Kellie joined the Board in September 2022. She wanted to join the Board as she has a well-rounded skillset gained through her accountancy qualifications and MBA and has a passion for supporting local communities. She has lived in social housing and is keen to use her skills to help others.

Mandy Garrett
Mandy GarrettBoard Member

Mandy joined our Board in September 2023, with over 20 years as a technology, digital services and business transformation leader. Mandy brings her specialist knowledge from previous leadership roles in international education, social housing, care and support, and financial services, most recently as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Monmouthshire Building Society prior to joining our Board. Previously, Mandy spent six years working with social housing provider, Knightstone in England (now Livewest) as Head of IT, followed by another successful eight years at Pobl Group in Wales as Director of Technology and Business Solutions. Mandy is passionate about the work that we do and is keen to maintain her connection with, and contribution to the sector, and in South Wales particularly, where she has lived with her family for several years. She now works as Director of IT and Digital Services at Transport for Wales. 

David Palmer-Lewis
David Palmer-LewisBoard Member

David is from Merthyr and has a really good understanding of the local community.  He is a Chartered Accountant having previously worked in external audit for Deloitte and Grant Thornton.  He is currently Head of Financial Reporting at Principality Building Society where he is responsible for external financial, regulatory reporting and also property which includes a portfolio of residential and commercial investment properties.  David has Board level experience and brings a wealth of knowledge in relation to finance, governance and funding.  David joined the Board in September 2023 and is enthusiastic about ensuring there is greater home town representation on the Board and using his experience and expertise to support current and future tenants of MTHA.

Joanne Way
Joanne WayBoard Member
Gary Colston
Gary ColstonBoard Member

Gary has lived in Merthyr all of his live and has a good understanding of the challenges facing the area and its people. He works in housing development for another social housing provider and brings that specialist knowledge to the Board. He has extensive experience of working with tenants and has been a tenant participation champion in a previous role. Gary joined the Board in 2020.

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