We would like to introduce you to our Community Voice Committee (CVC). They will be making sure the voices of the community are heard and will help shape, influence and drive forward continuous improvement at MHA.

The committee has a direct link to the MHA Board and works closely with other committees within the business to make sure it is achieving its main purpose and vision.

Emma Brute – Chair

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I want to live in a world where people live and work together in a way that benefits everybody, equally. I’m really good at listening. I am interested in hearing people’s stories and experiences. My role as CVC chair is to make sure that the decision makers at MHA hear these stories and have an explicit understanding of people that use MHA services to inform their decisions. 

Any spare time I have, I enjoy spending it with my son, walking and exploring. I also love running, it helps me unwind after a busy day.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

To meet new people and connect with people in communities that MHA provide services to.

Favourite local place to visit?

I love Monmouth Town’s iconic gatehouse bridge and its historic connections, alongside the independent stores and restaurants. A very special memory for me was when I played drums at Monmouth Carnival a couple of years ago with a local samba band. 

Alistair Clarke – MHA Tenant

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born in London in 1947 to Northern Irish parents and lived in New Zealand for more than 60 years (hence my accent).  I moved to Wales about 5 years ago and have been a tenant at Plas Mawr for the last 2 years.

My work history is mainly in Government or Semi-Government jobs. I have been using computers since the 1980s and often help others who aren’t as tech-savvy. My Christian faith is important to me.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I enjoy playing an active role in my community and have recently become a Volunteer iConnect Champion (MHA’s digital inclusion project). I am passionate about my community and helping others and thought I would be an ideal candidate for the CVC.

Favourite hobbies/pastimes?

Listening to music and watching sports, I also have a keen interest in aviation and computers.

Tony Crowhurst – Community Member

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born and raised in London going to school near Buckingham Palace. I became a Chartered Quantity Surveyor which perhaps led to my interest in the buildings of yesteryear. Along the way I gained qualifications in accountancy and quality related issues. But my career eventually led me to set up in business advocating for improved access for disabled people. Over 15 years ago, I became involved with the Disability Advice Project – I’m currently Chair of the Trustees and Access Officer.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I like to think that the lessons I’ve learnt through paid work & over 30 years of volunteering has given me the experience needed to make a meaningful contribution to the CVC. My greatest interest will be in advocating for disabled and older people but my abilities with numbers will doubtless prove to be of use occasionally.

Favourite hobbies/pastimes?

I have recently restarted playing badminton and I enjoy walking by the coast. There are some great fossils to be found at Ogmore where the time just seems to disappear while gazing into rock pools and the like.

Neville Goward – MHA Tenant

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Ex RAF and Ex Swalec.  I’ve been retired now for 24 years so I’ve got my pension contributions back!  Now I pass my time as Treasurer for the Caldicot and District Branch of U3A and do quite a bit of visiting welfare applicants to complete their application requests.

I love playing Bridge and through U3A enjoy short mat bowls twice a week.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

Living in a sheltered complex I’m very conscious of the barriers that technology brings for the more senior tenant, so being on CVC gives me the opportunity to represent the senior viewpoint and ensure that the all-important feedback is given.

Hopefully the CVC team will be able to have an impact on the maters the Board of MHA consider.

Favourite local place to visit?

Wherever my daughters, grandchildren & great grandchildren are!

Bethan Lancett

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I have lived in Abergavenny for the last 7 years. I have done a lot of volunteering for MHA & working with families on various projects, for the past 2 years. I am currently Chair for period poverty group ‘Sustainable you, sustainable me’ and run events in my spare time. Through lockdown I joined the MHA virtual crochet group and learned how to crochet – I have even taught others how since.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I joined the CVC after being part of the focus group that created it. We put so much work and effort into shaping the CVC and what we wanted it to look like & I didn’t want to let it go. I want tenants feel like they have a voice and can make a difference.

Favourite local place to visit?

My favourite local place to visit is the Blorenge. It has been somewhere I have always wanted to visit since moving to Abergavenny and I would often sit and watch the paragliders jumping off from my back garden. We eventually ventured up at the beginning of this year and now it’s a regular little stop for us on the weekend.  

 

Colin Marsh – MHA Tenant

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I live in Raglan with my wife. I had a stroke in 2011 whilst working for BAE Systems for 10 years as a computer analyst. Before that I was a Police Sergeant with Kent Police, having worked on Rural Beats, Traffic, Driving Instructor, Section Sergeant, Custody Sergeant and Station Sergeant.

Before that I was in the British Army, as a surveyor (RA), armoured Vehicle Driver / Gunner (Wheeled AFV) Observer (helicopter), Recce Section Commander. Between 1984-2000, I studied extensively with Open University in various subjects including geology & social science.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

Having served on the board of MHA a few years ago, I wanted to continuing representing the tenants of MHA.

Favourite local place to visit?

My favourite place to visit is Langorse Lake.

 

Andrew McNair – MHA Tenant

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I currently live in Dingestow in an MHA bungalow, been here for the last three years and we are very happy.  During my working life (I still work as a self-employed Business Consultant) I worked in the Hospitality & Franchising worlds in various roles.

One of the great things with my jobs was that I worked abroad in both Bahrain and New Delhi – and had to opportunity to visit many cities – Moscow to Beijing, Cape Town to Dubai, Singapore to Tashkent & many more.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I am one of the very fortunate people to have been offered an MHA property – a God send in so many ways. When the CVC was advertised, I decided to apply to give something back and help MHA to answer more people’s dreams.

Favourite local place to visit?

Having a coffee on the pavement tables in Monmouth High Street on a Sunday Morning or taking the Dogs for a walk in the Wye Valley and Woods.

Mary Morgan – MHA Leaseholder

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I first moved to Abergavenny in 1977, we immediately fell in love with this beautiful area so have been delighted to return to live here since 2011. In the intervening time I brought up 3 children, have done some Maths teaching in various countries including Nigeria and Kosovo, qualified in Human Resource (HR) management and did an MBA and lectured in HR in UK and in India & Nepal.

Currently I’m a Trustee of the local Baptist church and Foodbank and am a keen member of my local tennis club plus I run a gardening club & book club. 

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I am a leaseholder, renting out to tenants. I have really appreciated all MHA does for its tenants and leaseholders and want to help ensure that the needs of leaseholders are well represented.

Favourite local place to visit?

Probably the Little Skirrid, especially during lockdown as we could walk up there so easily from our home.