Vestia Community Trust has a high profile board with a wealth of experience at a local and national level.
Vestia Board Members
Vestia Community Trust has a high profile Board with a wealth of experience at a local and national level. They ensure 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.
David Chantler OBE - Chairman
David is the retired CEO of West Mercia Probation Trust, with a wealth of experience drawn from working in the Home Office, Local & County Councils and over thirty years in the Probation Service.
He lives near Kidderminster with his wife and is very active in the development of Care Farming UK, Ludlow Food Festival and more recently YSS.
David believes that Housing and Employment are the foundation of a vibrant and successful community and aims to develop Vestia's community-based work and reputation for innovation and partnership working.
Stephen Clee – Board Member
Stephen has been a Ward Councillor for over 20 years with Wyre Forest District Council and a County Councillor for over 12 years with Worcestershire County Council. He is currently Chairman of the District Council.
Stephen's background is as a qualified Electrical Engineer in the Construction Industry before he moved full time into local government.
Previously a member of the Wyre Forest Community Housing Board, he joined the Vestia Community Trust Board in September 2012.
Stephen is enthused by the challenges this position provides and is keen to be involved in Vestia's work within the local Community.
Rosemary Carter – Board Member
Rosemary is Associate Director for Regulatory Compliance at Ofqual – the body who regulate qualifications, exams and tests in England.
Rosemary was born in the North East of England before moving to Worcestershire 15 years ago. She has 25 years public sector service with both local and central Government working in education and skills and brings extensive knowledge to be able to support the team in their work with the unemployed and improvement of skills locally.
Richard Haynes – Board Member
Richard runs his own PR, communications and engagement consultancy, providing support to clients across the public and private sectors. He has particular expertise in healthcare communications, change management and public and patient involvement.
Richard has lived in the Wyre Forest since 2001 and is looking forward to using his skills and experience to help further the successful delivery of Vestia's aims and objectives.
John Mace - Board Member
John is a freelance Marketing and Management Consultant. He was born in London but moved to Worcestershire in 1990 where his children were educated and developed a strong connection with the area.
He is a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and experienced in strategic planning, business development, finance and accounting and operational management.
He has held a number of Board positions and has been involved in different areas of the housing market for most of his working life where he developed a strong interest in the sector and housing's impact on individuals and communities.
Sam Pratley - Board Member
Sam has over 13 years’ experience of working within the Housing Sector and has particular experience of working within Care and Support. Sam joined the West Mercia Housing Group as a Support Worker and has progressed within the company to become Managing Director of West Mercia Homes. He is familiar with the Worcestershire area and the support services within it and brings a wealth of experience in Housing, Care and Support related services. Sam is qualified in management services and business leadership.
Sam lives in Hereford, is married with three children and makes an active contribution to his local community.
Jane Preece - Board Member
Jane is currently Chair of Sustain Housing and a Board Member for Brecon and District Mind and the Fishing Academy, a West Midlands charity helping young people learn through the medium of coarse fishing. With a background in Human Resources she has extensive experience in education, housing, training and governance.
Jane has recently moved to Kidderminster and is keen to learn more about Wyre Forest and is excited to be contributing to the local community though her role on the Vestia Board.
Marina Banner - Executive Director of Vestia Community Trust
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.