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Vestia Community Trust has a high profile board with a wealth of experience at a local and national level.

Vestia Board Members

The Board ensures that the work of Vestia is relevant locally and responds to changing national priorities and policy.

Our Board, Partners and Employees work together as a team to support each other and maximise the benefits for our 'customers'.

As Vestia develops and takes on new challenges, it is important that we continue to strengthen and develop these relationships.

Set out below are details of the Board Members.

Liz Heaven - Chairman

Liz Heaven

Liz has over 35 years' experience working in the social care sector, principally in social work and learning and development roles. Most recently, prior to becoming a freelance consultant, she worked for the national sector skills council for social care - Skills for Care. She was employed there as Manager for the Midlands area, which encompassed the whole of the East and West Midlands.

Since 2013 Liz has worked on a freelance basis for a not-for-profit organisation operating in the fields of social care; third sector charities and public sector institutions. The organisation provides a bespoke learning and development service, designing and delivering learning for a wide range of audiences. It also supports organisational development and quality improvement through a range of consultancy services, including bespoke audit and assurance commissions.

Liz's Professional qualifications include Freelance management consultant and trainer/Qualified and registered social worker; Degree and MSc in Social Sciences; Post graduate qualifications in health and social services management; teaching and learning; coaching and mentoring; programme and project management; Graduate of the Institute of Personnel Management and Prince 2 accredited - Foundation and Practitioner levels.

Specialist Skills

  • Strategic thinking and analysis
  • Programme and project management for business development and assurance
  • Occupationally current professional experience in social care and health - including a robust understanding of the legislative, regulatory and policy drivers relating to the sector

Jane Preece - Board Member

Jane Preece

Jane Preece moved to the West Midlands in 1990 from her native Wales to pursue a career in human resources and related areas. She has worked in the public, private and not for profit sector at Director level, most recently with Walsall Housing Group where she was Director of Organisational Development and Company Secretary.

Her project management and leadership skills have enabled organisations to achieve IIP Gold Standard, ISO9001, TUPE transfers of employees, changes of employment contracts in unionised environments. She has been nominee for Ofsted and involved in housing regulator inspections.

In 2016, a house with a canal mooring brought her to Kidderminster; she joined TCHG's Vestia Board and started her "dream job" at Severn Valley Railway as their first HR Manager, responsible for their paid employees and the Heritage Skills Training Academy apprentices.

Jane has held a number of non-executive directorships/trustee appointments in the fields of housing, training and various charities. Currently, she is the Chair of Sustain UK Ltd who provide supported accommodation for vulnerable adults in Birmingham and is a board member of PTP Ltd who deliver training opportunities in the West Midlands. Having undertaken the role of Company Secretary in a housing group who collapsed their group structure, Jane will bring relevant experience to the TCHG Board.

Specialist Skills

  • Strategic thinking
  • Sound judgement with the willingness to challenge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, having worked in people management roles for over 30 years

Paul Large

Paul Large

Paul qualified as an accountant (CIPFA) in 1986 having spent his career up to that date working in the NHS and Local Government. Shortly after qualifying, he moved to KPMG, working in the public and not for profit sectors as an internal and external audit manager with occasional consultancy assignments (5 years).

Paul then moved to the Further Education Funding Council (5 years) and from there onto Oxford Brookes University where he has worked since 1997, initially as Director of Finance and Legal Services (11 years) and then as Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, including Clerk to the Board (7 years).

Since stepping down as Registrar and Chief Operating Officer in April 2016 Paul has worked part-time for the University as Director of Infrastructure Investment. He is leading on a major project to reduce the University's estate, in and around Oxford, from three campuses to two and obtain the maximum capital receipt from disposal of the redundant campus. He intends to conclude the planning stage of the project by December 2017 and then step down completely.

Specialist Skills

  • Strategy development, planning and implementation;
  • Financial strategy and management; Debt management, including private placement;
  • Audit, Risk management and assurance;
  • Project leadership, management and governance - including effectiveness governance review

Marina Banner - Executive Director of Vestia Community Trust

Marina Banner

In addition to her role as Executive Director of Vestia Community Trust, Marina is Director of Corporate Services for our parent company, The Community Housing Group.

Marina's career in housing spans 30 years and has involved working in some of the most challenging areas of the district. Marina was the first person to receive a personal Ambassador of Excellence Award from Midlands Excellence 2001. In this role, she has supported a number of statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations to improve their businesses.

Marina is responsible for business planning, securing funding and meeting The Community Housing Group's targets and aspirations for sustainable communities.