Gloucester City Homes Board Members
Gloucester City Homes has a Board of Directors who are responsible for setting the policies of the organisation and overseeing the running of the company.
All Board Directors are volunteers and are unpaid except for being reimbursed reasonable expenses for travelling to the meetings and providing child / adult care where the Board Director is the primary carer for the child or adult who needs looking after.
The GCH Board is made up of 15 Directors: 5 Tenant Members (including 1 leaseholder), 5 Council Members and 5 Independent members. The Tenant Board members represent all tenants and are the eyes and ears of tenants in terms of delivery of services and outcomes for our tenants. The Council Board members ensure that tenant interests through GCH are represented at the City Council. The Independent Board members bring expertise to the Board.
Board members serve for three years. On completion of their term, a Board member may stand to serve for a further term; there is no set maximum number of terms. They have clearly defined constitutional and legal duties under the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company and the Companies Act 1985 and 2006. Follow this link for more information about the Board member retirement cycle|.
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Tenant Board Members
Mike GroomMIKE GROOM
Mike has been a tenant in Coney Hill area for 30 years. During this time Mike has worked tirelessly to improve the area in so many ways for the benefit of the whole community. His initial involvement with local people began many years ago when he set up a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the road where he lives. That started the ball rolling for Mike and he continues to this day to do all he can for the benefit of others. He was Chair of the Coney Hill Neighbourhood Project for three years. Mike won the TPAS Connecting People National Tenant of the Year Award in 2009.
Mike is a member of the GCH Partnering Board and the Resources Committee.
RICHARD INGHAMRichard Ingham
Richard was born in Halifax Yorkshire, and since then has lived and worked in various locations, in the UK and abroad. He have been a leaseholder since 1996, and a regular attendee at the meetings of the Leaseholders Forum and, earlier, of the Westgate Leaseholders Association, and has also been chair of his local community organisation.
Richard's main experience has been in the field of Further Education as a lecturer in English and Communications, and then Head of
Department and Director of Marketing at the large further education college in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Other roles have included staff
governor at Chippenham Technical College, a councillor in the Hebden Royd Urban District Council, a manager in the wool trade and an officer in the Royal Air Force. He is also a writer, an educational journalist and the former editor of a government magazine on further and adult education, as well as a published playwright and author, and a musician. Richard is married with
three children, all of whom are now grown up.
Richard is the Leaseholder Tenant Board member, and is a member of the Resources Committee.
David PorterDAVID PORTER
David is now retired, having been in full-time employment He spent 25 years at Dowty Rotol, where he was a foreman managing 50+ employees. His responsibilities included modelling undercarriages for international airshows at Farnborough and Paris. He likes to spend his free time painting, especially wild animals. David is active in all areas of Gloucester City Homes work, for example, as a tenant inspector.
David is a member of the Audit Committee and Partnering Board and is the Board Health and Safety Champion.
Maggie has lived in the Westgate area for over 14 years, and loves the community where she lives.
Maggie has been involved in the TCC for a number of years, where she has served as chair, and has been involved with GCH for a few years including through Focus Groups, Tenant Scrutiny Panel and as vice-chair of Customer Forum. Maggie enjoys reading, jewellery-making and socialising with friends. After her election to the Board, Maggie says she will endeavour to do her very best for the company and all of its tenants.
Maggie is a member of the Resources Committee.
Gemma-Taylor New Board member
Independent Board Members
Peter retired from Bovis Homes in 2007 where he was Regional Managing Director for the South West Region. As well as managing a large house building operation, he has experience in urban regeneration and partnership development providing affordable homes for rent and sale. From a local farming family, educated at Hartpury College and Rycotewood Oxon, he has also managed an estate agency. His ancestors are reputed to have been involved in Gloucester City many years ago.
Peter is a member of the Partnering Board.
Tim brings experience of corporate management, business start-ups, team-building and team development to the Board. He is Managing Director of a Cheltenham-based Executive Search firm specialising in management and board level recruitment. Tim’s interest in community development and improvement drives his enthusiasm to be a Board Member of Gloucester City Homes.
Tim currently is and has been Chair of the Board since the company launched in 2005. He has led the transformation of the company through excellent leadership and a deep understanding of tenant issues.
Reappointed: 2009 & 2012
Chris works as a Land & New Homes Agent. He is Vice Chair of Gloucestershire Probation Board, a former Chair of the Estates Committee and Ryecroft Liaison Committee, a former member of Gloucestershire Courts Board and Chair of Stroud District Council Standards Committee.
Chris chairs the Audit Committee.
John Howard 2
John is a Chartered Certified Accountant, and has his own accountancy practice and housing finance consultancy, having previously spent 20 years as finance director at a local housing association.
He has a broad background in all aspects of Finance and Risk Management.
John is vice-chair of our Resources Committees.
Peter OsbornePETER OSBORNE
Peter works as a Senior Strategy Manager in one of the UK’s top 5 Commercial Real Estate lenders, and has a range of financial services experience, having worked in a number of large private and public sector organisations in areas including Internal Audit, Internal Consultancy and Strategy. Peter moved to Gloucestershire in 1993 after earning a BSc(Hons) in Accounting from Cardiff University, and holds a number of postgraduate qualifications including a MBA from Henley Management College.
Peter is a member of the Audit Committee.
Council Board Members
Jim BeeleyJIM BEELEY
Jim was elected as Councillor for the Hucclecote Ward on May 2010, and is also a member of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the overall body responsible for co-ordinating scrutiny at Gloucester City Council.
Jim works in further educations as a lecturer and NVQ assessor in engineering.
Said was elected as Councillor for the Barton and Tredworth ward in May 2010, and sits on a number of Council committees including Grants and Community Services Forum, Licensing and Enforcement Committee and
the committee for Voluntary Sector Service Provision.
Said has a background on industry and is a member of the GCH Partnering Board.
Janet was elected in May 2006 as Labour representative for Matson and Robinswood. She serves on a number of committees including the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Janet is a member of the Audit Committee.
Tarren is a local city Councillor and has been involved with local community issues for the past six years. She has been a council tenant, and feels that this helps her represent all tenants on the Board. Tarren has had many dealings with constituents over the past six years helping them with housing issues, and feels that being a board member gives her an even better insight into how things are run. Tarren enjoys the challenge of being a Board member, and of helping the voices of tenants being heard.
Tarren is a member of the Partnering Board.
Paul was elected as a Conservative City Councillor in May 2011 and represents the Westgate ward. He sits on both planning and licensing committees and has taken on the new role of "City Centre Champion".
Paul is a member of the Resources Committee.