At its last AGM Orwell Housing Association was delighted to vote in two new board members, who are also Orwell residents.
The new board members will bring a new dimension to the board with a unique perspective from a resident’s point of view. Applications for the two roles were advertised to tenants, with a good level of interest. Through a thorough interview and selection process Orwell was successful in appointing Lauren and Stuart and we are very happy to have them on board.
A board role brings the chance for individuals to enhance an organisation through sharing their professional and personal skills, and to participate in the governance of Orwell, supporting the processes required to run an organisation, with scope to learn about the formal aspects and protocols of board membership, as well as gaining a broader insight into the issues of providing social housing, and care and support.
Meet the resident board members
Lauren currently works at Futures for You, delivering the National Careers contract. She has also worked in a variety of people focused settings, concentrating on providing outstanding information, advice and guidance to individuals and communities who face barriers to work and learning.
Recently Lauren has taken advantage of varied CPD opportunities including safer recruitment training, suicide intervention and first aid, safeguarding of children and adults and updating her skills and knowledge to support those facing challenges with mental health. Through her professional practice she has engaged and supported organisations focussing on drug and alcohol rehabilitation, domestic violence victims, mental health charities, DWP and a range of adult learning providers. Lauren has also recently been appointed as a parent governor at a local primary school.
Stuart is Head of Health & Human Sciences and a lecturer in Humanities and Business Management within the department of University Studies at West Suffolk College. For the past ten years he has been actively involved in Orwell Housing’s resident steering group, giving him a critical lens through which to view the inner workings of Orwell as it has developed and evolved. As a firm believer in affordable social housing, Stuart is committed to raising the profile of tenant representation and tenant engagement within Orwell to ensure the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders. He is also a staunch advocate for the significant number of socio‐economic benefits social housing can bring people within local and regional communities.
Orwell is delighted to welcome Lauren and Stuart and looks forward to their valuable contribution at future board meetings.