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Board Member profiles

Tenant and Leaseholder Board Members 






Shane Brimfield (Vice Chair)
Shane joined the Board in March 2017 as a tenant Board member. Born and bred in Cheltenham, Shane has travelled extensively and held a number of management roles during his working life.  His particular knowledge and skills are in construction and health and safety.

Shane has been actively involved with CBH over a number of years and has gathered a deep understanding of us as an organisation along the way. He attended the CBH Academy in 2013 before joining the Tenant Scrutiny Improvement Panel (TSIP) and was Vice Chair until his resignation in 2015.





Trish Blain
Trish is our newest member of the Board having joined in June 2018. Trish has been a CBH tenant on and off for the past 35 years and strongly believes that tenant voices should be heard and that tenants must influence the development of our neighbourhoods.

Trish’s understanding of local authority housing management issues developed during her membership of the CBH Tenant Scrutiny Improvement Panel, for which she eventually became Chair.

Trish is also an active member of the Benefit to Society Campaign which aims to tackle the common misrepresentations and stereotyping of social housing tenants in the local and national media. Trish recently met with the Minister for Housing, Dominic Raab, during his visit to CBH and had the opportunity to discuss this high impact campaign that will challenge the way the public think and tackle the stigma associated with social housing tenants.


There is currently 1 vacancy on the Board reserved for a Tenant / Leaseholder Board member.

Council Appointed Board Members






Cllr Chris Mason (Cons: Lansdown)
Chris is the Conservative Councillor representing Lansdown.  Chris went to Charlton Kings Secondary (now Balcarras) before joining the Gloucester and Cheltenham Co-Operative as a trainee manager.  Having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor he worked in the private and public sectors for a number of years; Chris now lectures at the University of the West of England, Bristol, specialising in real estate.  As a Board member he is looking forward to seeing how his skills and knowledge can be used to help CBH provide the right property in the right locations.






Cllr Suzanne Williams (Lib Dem: Springbank)
Suzanne has lived in Cheltenham all her life and spent a large part of that time in Council accommodation.  She currently lives in a property that was originally built as a Council property and purchased by the previous owners.

Suzanne was elected to represent the residents of the Springbank County Division in 2005 and has now been elected to the Borough Council Ward.   The opportunity to further help and understand the issues facing Cheltenham Borough Home tenants is a welcome challenge.  She joined the CBH Board in May 2012.

Independent Board Members






Jason Langley (Chair)
Jason lives just outside of Cirencester with his wife and three daughters.  Born in Liverpool, but raised in Yorkshire, he thinks that Gloucestershire has the best of both worlds!   He feels strongly about the important role social housing plays in building strong communities, families and futures, and is thrilled to be part of Cheltenham Borough Homes.

Jason is managing partner of SenseEIA, a consultancy that works with organisations, local government and voluntary groups on employee and community engagement.  Prior to this he spent 15 years working across the media sector and brings strong commercial and strategic experience to the CBH board.






Alison Foster
Alison has 13 years experience in the social housing sector, having worked for a housing association in Wiltshire and then for the social housing regulator, where she specialised in policy and sector performance data. She has extensive experience across other public sector bodies as well, mainly in further and higher education, and is a Chartered Manager and member of the Chartered Institute of Management. For five years she managed a local charity on a voluntary basis providing services to the visually impaired. Alison is from the North East of England originally, but now has lived in Cheltenham for over 20 years. Alison was appointed Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee in November 2013.







Una Pearce-Lynch
Una started her career in the property industry some twenty years ago, a career which spans both the residential and commercial sides of the industry. After leaving Cheltenham with a business studies degree she joined a marketing and PR company.  She soon moved in house with a commercial property company where she worked in a number of different roles learning all areas of the business. 

In 2000 she joined the management team which was involved in a number of company acquisition and subsequent sales. The strategy at this time was to grow the group and Una’s brief was to prepare the companies for sale.  She remains a director of the original commercial property company which offers a full range of services from land acquisition to turnkey projects.  Una also manages her own property portfolio with her husband and assists him with his residential developments.

Una has three children and lives in the countryside just outside Bristol.






David Clowes
David has lived and worked in the Cheltenham area for over 25 years. His career has been in general insurance and he has held senior management positions with a number of major insurers. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and also holds the Diploma in Marketing. He has wide-ranging commercial experience with specific expertise in underwriting, governance, audit and compliance and has spent most of his career in Head Office roles bringing general strategic management experience to the Board. 

David took early retirement in 2015. Prior to joining Cheltenham Borough Homes he gained experience of social housing through membership of the Audit Committee of another local housing association. He is also involved with a local charity providing opportunities for disabled people.

David joined the Board and Audit & Risk Committee in December 2016.






John Rawson (co-opted member of the Board)
John was born and brought up in North Yorkshire and was educated at Ripon Grammar School and St John’s College, Oxford, before coming to Cheltenham 43 years ago to work for a direct marketing company. He worked in senior positions for a number of companies before starting his own business in 1995. John served as a borough councillor for 19 years, including seven years as lead finance member and a term of office as mayor. He served on the county council for 20 years, including periods as chairman of the social services committee and chairman of the council. He has also been active in the voluntary sector and was a long-serving governor of Dunalley Primary School and the former Kingsmead Secondary School.   

As a councillor, John represented two wards with a high concentration of social housing (St Paul’s and St Peter’s) and got to know the many of the issues facing tenants and leaseholders and people in housing need. As a councillor and lead finance member, he also gained a strong knowledge of housing finance. He sees the work of CBH as being about more than just bricks and mortar (important though that is) but about improving the lives and life chances of our tenants and leaseholders in a broader sense and also helping people in housing need by delivering new social housing.


Derek Bond (co-opted member of the Audit & Risk Committee)
Derek is a Chartered Accountant who worked with Deloittes running the audits of clients mainly in the insurance industry. He has managed projects for financial accounting systems implementation for an American software house and his clients included Cheltenham Borough Council and Aylesbury District Council. More recently, he has worked as an independent consultant for Natural England providing Business Intelligence Reporting Solutions.

Born and educated in Cheltenham, his family have been both a tenant and leaseholder of a CBH property. Derek hopes to advise on IT systems and other areas using his personal knowledge of CBH tenants’/leaseholders’ needs with his independent working knowledge of audit and risk issues.

Derek is a member of  the University of the Third Age(U3A) which provides continued learning for older people, the National Trust, and has worked  on nature conservation projects for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

There is currently 1 vacancy on the Board reserved for an Independent Board member.