Homes for Wells, HfW is Homes for Wells Limited, a registered society under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (registered number IP30389R).
Our Board Members
Homes for Wells has a Board of 8 members all of whom are volunteers.
Homes for Wells has 2 part time paid employees.
Homes for Wells has a number of Shareholders.
Our Governance Structure
Homes for Wells meet as a Board every two months, with additional Board meetings if required. Homes for Wells has an Annual General Meeting which is open to Shareholders. The Board has established the following committees to achieve our objectives which meet on a monthly basis:
Governance and Finance
I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, my former partner describes me as having good northern common sense! I went to London to go to university and never managed to escape – until now. I am a solicitor and a founding partner of a law firm which I managed for over 30 years growing to over 200 people. My passion was creating a great place to work. I retired as a partner this year and I now work freelance coaching law firm leaders.
I first came to Wells in 2018 to view a house for my retirement – my dream was to be able to walk my dog on the beach every day. It was love at first sight – first with the harbour, then with the beach and finally with the house. When I bought my home what I did not know was that I had just contributed to a problem for Wells. Yet another lovely home snapped up with money earned in London at a price that would be unaffordable to most who worked in Wells.
In lockdown the second homes and holiday cottages were all empty. When I was walking my dog in the evening it became apparent how few homes were permanently occupied. Sometimes I saw no more than half a dozen properties with lights on. The streets were eerily dark. I now know that over 40% of homes in Wells are second homes or holiday lets.
I was keen to play my part in the community and when I read in The Quay that Homes for Wells were keen to have new board members, I thought this might be a good fit for me. If I’m honest, there was also a feeling that this was a good way to assuage my guilty conscience. I wanted to be part of the housing solution for Wells not part of the problem.
I am committed to playing my part in helping Wells to thrive.
Rod is a qualified accountant with over thirty years experience of working in finance. He is currently the Finance Director of the shipping management company V Group. Prior to that he has also been the Finance Director of various real estate and on-line companies. He is the Treasurer of Homes for Wells and also on the Finance sub-committee.
Johanna has lived in Wells for the last 9 years but has a much longer association with the town as both her grandmother and father were born, raised and educated in Wells next the Sea. Johanna was born in Norwich and moved with her family to live in Hertfordshire before returning to live in the area in the 1970’s. She later moved to live and work in London.
She founded her own Design, Build & Project Management Consultancy in 1988-2008 when she returned to live permanently with her husband Christopher in Norfolk.
Johanna worked for the Holkham Estate as Projects Manager from 2008-2017 being responsible for property refurbishment and overseeing new developments. In 2014 Johanna and Christopher refurbished their own commercial property in Wells where they established a café and guest accommodation business. Johanna currently works as a freelance Design, Build and Management Consultant in the property sector and is also an active member of the Wells Coastal Communities Team.
Annie was born and brought up in Wells. Studied business management, retail and accountancy. She has two young children and a business within the town. Annie and her partner were Tenants of Homes for Wells for 3 years, which is when Annie joined Homes for Wells' Board as a tenant representative. After purchasing their own family home in Wells Annie, now still a board member, is on the Housing Sub-committee.
Amanda is our Tenant representative on the Board and comes from a long established Wells family. She is enjoying her role and actively contributing.
Kayleigh Jane Rumble
Kayleigh has lived in Wells all her life. She is the Manager of Nelsons Coffee Shop in Staithe Street, which is owned by her mother.
Fiona MacCallum has lived in Wells for most of her life and co-founded Homes for Wells in 2006. She initiated the set up of the organisation and ran the Homes for Wells office for the first two years. She works as a School Counsellor and has previous experience in running the community Area Partnership and campaigning for Crisis, the national single homeless charity. She and her family love the area and enjoy all it has to offer.
“It’s been a privilege to serve with Homes for Wells since 2017.
Since then, thanks to generous donations and grants, we have added to our portfolio ten new dwellings, centrally located in Northfield Waye, and kept them as ‘Homes for Wells’.
I’m delighted too that we have been awarded the ISO9001 certificate for our Quality Management System, and strengthened our team in the office.
The great challenge ahead of us still is the continuing, relentless, conversion of homes into holiday lets.
We can keep Wells a thriving community only if more homes are available at an affordable rent. This will allow local families to stay working in local businesses, care and other services, and in the schools, while also supporting other family members.”
Jane Berwick, General Manager
Jane moved to Wells in 1998 and although she no longer lives in the town, she has a great passion for affordable housing for local people. She has a wealth of experience dealing with property and tenant management.
Karen Clarke, Fundraiser & Finance Administrator
Karen has lived in Wells for 7 years and has a strong finance and fundraising background. She is a director of the Quay magazine, and has recently become a member of Wells Town Council.