We are run by a management board made up of four tenants, four councillors and four independent people chosen for their specialist skills and experience. Board members are not paid for their services. You will find below short profiles of our board members.
Ashley Lane, Chair
Ashley Lane is a former director of Persimmon Homes and has extensive experience of working in the new build industry. He brings experience from various senior management and director posts in manufacturing, working for consumer goods companies supplying the building industry. Ashley is keen to use his housing knowledge to guide us to complete the Decent Homes programme successfully, and with the major regeneration activities that will benefit all residents. Ashley was appointed chair of the Board at the Annual General Meeting in January 2010.
Patricia Smith, Vice Chair
Patricia has lived with her family in Solihull for many years and has been involved with local community and voluntary groups such as The Colebridge Trust and Furniture Restore for over 10 years. Patricia was an active member of the tenant and leaseholder involvement panels before the ALMO was set up and served on the Board from 2004 until January 2010. Patricia rejoined the Board in December 2010 and is keen to ensure that tenant and leaseholder interests are taken into account when decisions are being made.
Ben graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1996 with an honours degree in Building Management and Technology. Since then he has worked in the construction industry in England and Australia. He joined our Board in March 2016.
Jenny is a leaseholder and joined our Board in September 2016. Jenny is passionate about improving the availability of decent quality affordable housing. She is also interested in reducing fuel poverty by improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock.
Profile coming soon.
Andy, a self-employed father of three, has a particular interest in health and safety matters. He has been a councillor since 2002 and rejoined the SCH Board in May 2011.
An elected tenant member to the Board. Blondell, who used to work as a nurse and a midwife, has been actively involved in tenant panels and other community projects and is prepared to offer her time and skills to help us.
Nigel is the newest recruit to our Board having been appointed in March 2017. Nigel has worked in social housing for many years having started as a Housing Trainee at Wolverhampton MBC. Nigel has also worked for Harden Housing Association which is now part of the WM Group and was responsible for new developments at the association. However, for a number of years now Nigel has been working as a housing consultant first for Price Waterhouse Coopers and now for Savills where he is a director.
Jeffrey, a teacher, joined the SCH Board in 2009. He is a long standing resident of the Borough and a ward councillor for Knowle, although he previously represented the Kingshurst ward. Jeffrey is vice chair of the Conservation Advisory Committee, a member of the Planning Committee and a school governor.
Fay joined our Board as an independent member in September 2016. Fay is the Customer & Communities Director at Severn Vale Housing Association and has previously worked at a senior level at both Midland Heart and Orbit Housing Associations. Fay has spent her career to-date in social housing and has a passion for delivering excellent customer services but also understands the pressures on staff working in this environment.
Louise, who is a tenant, joined the SCH Board on 5 September 2016. Louise has a teenage daughter and has been a tenant since 2004 living in a high rise flat for the first 12 years. Louise works in a local school as a Teaching Assistant and previously worked in a hospital as an Assistant Practitioner in radiography.
Chris has been a local Councillor for the Chelmsley Wood ward since 2012 and was appointed to the Board on 4 July 2014.