What does it mean to be a board member?

Sian Thomas is a Housing Manager with Cynon Taf and was appointed as co-optee to the Community Housing Cymru board in December 2018.

“Being an operational manager, I wanted to have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working at a more strategic level and it’s been a pleasure to be able to do this by working with such a fantastic group of committed and dedicated staff and fellow board members.

The benefits of being on a board go far beyond the board room. This has certainly been the case for me. I have been able to increase my governance skills and this knowledge has helped my role by supporting the organisational compliance and sound operations within CHC. This ensures we are best placed to represent the challenges faced by the sector.

By gaining a better understanding of the difference between strategic and operational matters, my confidence has grown within the board setting. I can now effectively challenge and contribute to discussions with conviction and self-assurance.

As a CHC Board member you will be part of an exciting journey supporting the delivery of our ambitious three-year corporate plan, and also assessing the new and emerging challenges to the sector brought about by Covid-19.

Being part of the board has helped me to connect with some of the most passionate housing professionals, and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain valuable board experience whilst making a real difference too.”

Apply to join the Community Housing Cymru Board here.