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Valleys to Coast appoints new chief exec

Valleys to Coast has appointed Joanne Oak as its new chief executive.

She will start work at the Bridgend-based housing association in early May, replacing interim chief executive Duncan Forbes, who has been leading the organisation over the last 6 months.

Jo moves from Social Care Wales where she is director of strategy and corporate services.  She has the pivotal role of driving the organisation through growth and transformation working with Welsh Government, sector partners and colleagues. She is also currently a board member of Bron Afon Community Housing and a trustee for Buildings Communities Trust.

A qualified accountant with over two decades of senior leadership roles across the public and third sectors, she is experienced in leadership, change management, strategic planning, financial management and governance.

Commenting on her new role, she said:

‘I’m delighted to be appointed to lead Valleys to Coast at an exciting time, to drive forward the ambition to build new quality homes and deliver excellent services for our customers. I am passionate about making a difference, ensuring everyone has access to a decent home and that we build vibrant communities. I am really looking forward to joining the fantastic Valleys to Coast team, working with customers and partners to ensure we continue to build more homes and support the local community.’

Anthony Whittaker, chair of the board of Valleys to Coast, said:

‘We are delighted that Jo will be joining us as our new chief executive. We are looking forward to working with her and the rest of the team to deliver our exciting and ambitious plans to support our customers and provide much needed new homes in Bridgend.’

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