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Newport City Council approves plans to renew board structure
11/10/2017
Newport City Council approved plans to renew Newport City Homes’ (NCH) board structure and give the social housing provider greater opportunity to respond to the growing housing needs of the city.
With an emphasis on a ‘skills-based’ board, new plans will give NCH an opportunity to appoint board members based on the skills needed by the maturing stock transfer housing association. 
As the largest social housing provider in the city, NCH was originally set up in 2009 to bring council properties up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard. Having achieved this in 2015, NCH is now focused on tackling the growing housing needs in Newport.
With ambitions of developing new homes and regenerating communities becoming a reality, NCH recognised that new skills were needed to support the robust corporate governance of a complex social business and made a case for change to Newport City Council.
The former board structure saw 15 board members fall under three distinct categories: residents, council representatives and independents. It also saw the council hold a third of voting rights for some resolutions. New plans will now see the number of board members reduced to 12; board members will be recruited and selected on skills; and the council share will now count for one vote. Making the council vote equal with a resident share member vote.
Council leader, Cllr Debbie Wilcox said:
“We have to be responsive to the changing needs of the city and ensure that, working with our partners, we make decisions that will have a lasting positive impact in our communities. 
“Supporting this proposal puts Newport City Homes in a strong position to deliver on its promises to the city and contribute to Newport’s growing housing need.”
Cabinet member for housing and regeneration, Cllr Jane Mudd said:
“This is a milestone in NCH’s history and will see them move from a traditional stock transfer organisation to one that will work hand-in-hand with residents to regenerate communities and crucially, build new homes.”
Newport City Homes chair, Nicola Somerville added:
“Our focus has always been on our residents, and what can we do to improve their homes, communities and opportunities.  Our new governance arrangements will not only see residents play a full part in NCH’s future, they will give us the opportunity to turn our plans for Newport into a reality.”