The Executive Group are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, and for ensuring the strategic plans set out by the Board are achieved over time. The membership of the Association’s Executive Group is listed below:
Mr. Shane R. Perkins, FCIH - Chief Executive
Shane is responsible for leading the Executive Group, and ensuring that together with other Directors the Association’s Business Plan is delivered effectively and efficiently, and that the organisation strives to deliver an excellent level of service to its customers.
Shane has worked in Housing since 1980, when he joined Bournemouth Borough Council as a trainee and has since worked for both Councils and RSLs.
He joined Mid-Wales in 1988, becoming responsible for Development, Maintenance and Supported Housing, before becoming Chief Executive in 2004. Shane also helped to found the Care & Repair movement in Wales, serving on the Board of Care & Repair Cymru for many years.
He is a strong supporter of partnership working and is passionate that everyone deserves a home of their own. He has been chair of a local charity championing the need for housing for young single homeless, and is currently a Trustee of a local mental health charity. His passion for housing has seen the Association constantly innovate, leading to it developing the first “male refuge” in the UK; the first “rural foyers” in Wales, and the first truly “tenure neutral” development in Wales in the village of Guilsfield.
Shane feels the current challenges to public services requires a radical re-think of how we provide those services in Wales, and has sought to ensure that the particular problems faced by people in a sparsely populated rural area are not overlooked by policy makers in Welsh Government.
Mr Charles Brotherton, CPFA, ATT - Director of Finance
Charles is responsible for the overall management and control of all aspects to the Association’s financial requirements. He is also responsible for the Association’s Information and Communication Technology needs, and monitoring organisational performance.
Charles has worked for a variety of organisations ranging from large plc's to urban and rural local authorities. His involvement with housing started in 1992 with his appointment as Principle Accountant for Wychavon District Council, within the Community Services team which included Council Housing.
In 1993 the Council took the decision to sponsor a new housing association and ballot tenants for the transfer of the housing to the new organisation. Charles was part of the seconded team to establish this new stock transfer housing association: Evesham and Pershore Housing Association. In 2002 following a rigorous recruitment process Charles was appointed as Finance Director. Charles was instrumental in the 2004 re-organisation creating the Rooftop Housing Group, which incorporated Evesham and Pershore Housing Association. This restructuring enabled EPHA to become a charity, thereby saving millions of pounds. These savings were further enhanced by refinancing the loan arrangements.
Charles has been committed to Value for Money and ensuring best use is made of resources, while ensuring financial security. The focus on VFM was acknowledged by the Audit Commission inspection at Evesham and Pershore Housing Association with the award of the top three star excellent rating in 2008.
In addition to the wealth of knowledge of the Rooftop Housing Group, Charles has been involved with the CIPFA RSL Panel and CIPFA's representative in the NHF SORP Working Party. This involvement ensures Charles has a depth of knowledge in housing finance.
Charles was seeking a new challenge and opportunity and joined Mid-Wales Housing Association in 2010. He is the Association’s Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive.
Mr Aidan Ackerman - Director of Customer Services
Aidan leads a number of our customer facing teams, and is responsible for ensuring the efficient provision of lettings, responsive repairs, estate management, and rent collection. He is also responsible for ensuring that tenants are involved in the decisions that affect how we manage their homes.
Working in housing since 1988, initially with Shrewsbury Borough Council as a trainee but then employed as a housing officer and as the manager of a hostel for men with support needs. Aidan then moved to East Dorset Housing Association and was employed as a Housing Officer, Senior Housing Officer and Team Leader. These roles involved working with estate management, rent arrears, allocations, repairs and homeless cases. During this time period Aidan gained corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing and completed a post graduate Diploma in Housing and an MA with a dissertation on housing design.
Further work followed at Eastleigh Council as the homeless and housing advice manager and then a move to Retirement Lease Housing Association as area housing manager for specialised elderly accommodation. This was followed by employment at Carrick Council as the manager of CCTV, supported housing, community alarm and repair reporting services for the county of Cornwall. Aidan joined Mid Wales Housing Association in 2009 and is employed as the Director of Customer Services.
Ms Sian Howells, MRICS - Director of New Business
Sian is responsible for the Association’s growth through the development of new homes, and for the long term maintenance of all of our homes. She is responsible for ensuring the Association meets its obligations to meet the Welsh Housing Quality standard through investment in improvements.
Sian Howells is the Director of New Business for Mid Wales Housing Association and in charge of all development and asset management for the Association.
Sian is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years professional experience in both commercial and residential development, asset and estate management. She has worked for the Association since April 2014 having previously worked for the Circle and Guinness Housing Groups in England and Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association in Wales.
Earlier in her career Sian was employed in the commercial sector as the Head of Estates for the Royal Mail, covering London and the South East of England and Cwmbran Development Corporation.
Karen Kelly, BA (Hons) - Director Care & Repair Powys
Karen is responsible for all aspects of the strategic and operational management of Care & Repair Powys, a subsidiary company of Mid-Wales Housing Association, ensuring that a quality service is delivered in a person-centred manner to clients throughout the county within the criteria required by funders and stakeholders.
Most of Karen’s career has been within the third sector, public sector and for national charities. Her jobs have included support worker and team leader for the Cheshire Foundation and development officer for a specialist supported housing consortium, both in South London. Karen moved to Wales in 1990 and helped to establish Cartrefi Cymru and take forward the hospital resettlement scheme under the auspices of the All Wales Strategy.
She went to be Head of Service Evaluation then Director of Performance Management before moving on to set up a community resource and business development centre as part of a rural economy development project. Karen then went on to work for Scope as a Fieldworker supporting children, adults and families with a range of issues.
Karen has also worked for a careers service in the West Country, holding various posts including managing a team of advisers working in educational establishments; she also had a secondment to Torbay Council where she established and managed a multi-disciplinary early intervention team to work with families.
Karen has always worked for organisations that aim to make a positive difference to the lives of people using the services and is committed to ensuring a person-centred approach is at the heart of any service. As an experienced manager, Karen is passionate in supporting and empowering individuals and teams to develop confidence and skills to enable them to deliver high quality services. Karen is an advocate of solution-focused approaches to problems and regularly uses this technique to deal with the challenges of managing a grant funded organisation during the current climate of austerity.