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 12 members all of whom are volunteers.
Homes for Wells has two 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 have 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.
Development & Funding
“There’s a great community spirit in Wells and many activities to join in. This, together with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that surrounds the town, drew us to move here when I sold my company and retired. In my career I’ve served as CEO for two national companies in health and social care recruitment, and set up and developed my own. I offer my best endeavours to lead Homes for Wells’ next growth phase. I also serve as a member of the Coastal Communities Team, the Wells Neighbourhood Plan Group and am a Trustee of the Elsmith Bowls Club"
Christine was born in the West Country and moved to Wells in 1970. She was Clerk to Wells Harbour Commissioners from 1974 to 1994 and was the first female Clerk and then Harbour Commissioner in Wells. She then joined local law firm Hayes and Storr, where she worked as a solicitor, from 1994 onwards in the property and private client departments, becoming a partner in 2001 and then head of the private client department. She retired from the law in 2012. and joined the Board of Homes for Wells in 2015/6.
Geoff’s career spans 35 years in the corporate sector. His role has included financial and company directorships. Geoff joined Homes for Wells as a Co- opted member of the Allocations Committee and has now taken the role of Chair.
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.
After several years of working in the commercial and residential property sectors in north 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 bought 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 and is involved in local fundraising for Homes for Wells.
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Chrissie retired as principal of an inner-city college of further and continuing education in 2007 and has a wealth of experience of senior leadership. Since she retired to north Norfolk, Chrissie has continued to work in the public, voluntary and community sectors, offering professional development, coaching and mentoring.
Eleanor studied languages at university and lived in Russia for three years, returning to London where she worked in investment banking for over sixteen years in operations, project and product management, relationship management and trading. On changing careers, she retrained as a chef, became a skilled cheesemonger and baker, but also acted as a regular food judge and writer. Having moved to Wells in recent years, she first become involved in the community by becoming treasurer of the Wells Coastal Communities team, whose goals closely align with those of Homes for Wells. She will be part of our finance committee and also look into funding and grant opportunities.
Jane Berwick is a local person and a professional estate administrator with extensive experience managing many aspects, including agricultural and residential properties, experience of working with tenants, recruitment of employees and HR responsibilities. She also is used to setting up and developing IT and telephony systems, personal assistance, and support to senior staff. She is currently Land and Property Manager at Holkham Estate.
Michael had an early career as an officer in Royal Navy submarines and subsequently trained with Proctor & Gamble in sales and marketing. Michael progressed through various management roles to become managing director of a housing construction company and later moved on to develop the market for light steel frame houses. He was involved in the first major residential development in the UK for housing associations, using modular, sustainable housing systems. He developed a £60,000 house through English Partnerships and for the Blair government. He then moved into managing large multi-million pound projects for many housing associations.
Pippa Cooke has grown up in and around Wells and bought her first home in the town in 2016 under a local housing scheme. Whilst at University, Pippa returned home in the holidays to work at Pinewoods Holiday Park. Following her studies, Pippa joined IBM under their graduate scheme and now with 5 years experience she is currently an Associate Project Manager for the company. Pippa has acquired many business, communication, technical and project management skills and will be supporting Homes for Wells with IT.
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Lotte has fulfilled many senior administrator roles, with National Australian bank, in schools and theatre. She continues as stage manager and front of house manager with the Tower Theatre Company. Lotte also managed a shop and post office before moving to Norfolk, and now lives in Binham with her family.
Homes for Wells Limited - A registered society under The Cooperative and Community Benefits Societies Act 2014
(registered number IP30389R)