Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd is a housing association set up in 2010 following a ‘yes’ vote from Gwynedd Council tenants.
As north Wales’ largest housing assosciation, we provide quality, affordable homes and services to our tenants and strive to protect and develop the culture and heritage of the communities we serve as we do so.
As a registered social landlord our primary purpose is to provide affordable rented homes to those in housing need. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation registered and regulated by the Welsh Government. Being not-for-profit means any surplus income is put back into the business so that we are able to continue providing homes and services and achieve our objectives.
We have over 6,300 homes and we are responsible for the management and maintenance of these properties. Much of our properties are located in the county’s main towns of Bangor, Caernarfon, Pwllheli, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dolgellau and Bala but we have property across the county in towns, villages and rural areas. As part of our housing stock stock we have 400 sheltered units for older and more vulnerable individuals.
Over the past six years we have invested £137 million in our properties to achieve the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) is a very different place in 2015 to what it was in 2010. We have achieved a lot and are now in a position to look at building on our successes and taking the business forward.
Click below to see our online interactive version of our Corporate Plan:
Alternatively, you can download a PDF version of the booklet below:
Before transfer CCG set out it's aims, objectives and promises to tenants in an offer document. Download the document here:
To ensure the success of CCG, it is vital that the organisation is governed effectively for the benefit of our customers. Governance describes the way in which CCG is managed. It also ensures that our vision, values, aims and objectives are achieved.
CCG has a Board of Management with 12 members; four are CCG tenants, four are independent, and four have been nominated by Gwynedd Council. The Board and Committees oversee CCG’s executive management team.
The governance arrangements of all Welsh housing associations are regulated by the Welsh Government. In December 2012, the Welsh Government published their view of CCG’s Governance arrangements as part of the Housing Association Regulatory Assessment (HARA). For further information on the report, please visit our ‘Regulation’ page.
Our Welsh Language Scheme explains how we will provide our services to the public in both Welsh and English, with the principle of treating both languages equally. This document is currently being reviewed and an updated copy will be available soon.
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:
These are called ‘protected characteristics’.
You’re protected from discrimination in these situations:
To continuously improve our diversity agenda, CCG need to address a number of issues to ensure that:
To this end CCG have produced an Annual Equality and Diversity Review 2016-2017. Click here to read it.
CCG has achieved OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification from Lloyd's Register (LRQA) for our management of health and safety, quality systems and the environment (HSQE).
ISO 9001 Quality Management System
Achieving and maintaining our ISO 9001 certification for our Quality Management System is a significant step towards our goal of being the "best in sector". ISO 9001:2008 Certification is a recognised standard of quality assurance, and tells everyone, particularly our customers, that Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd is internationally recognised for having an excellent quality management system.
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd is accredited to ISO 14001, which recognises that we have a robust Environmental Management System. We are committed to sustainable development and recognise that we are responsible for minimising the environmental impacts that arise from the delivery of our services and activities.
BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety System
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd is certified with the highly prestigious BS OHSAS 18001. This standard has been designed to enable companies to control their Occupational Health and Safety risks and demonstrate their commitment to provide a safe working environment, protect their employees, and improve their performance. The assessment looks at CCG’s approach and management of Health and Safety in the workplace and how it manages the risks.
CCG has been awarded the "Positive about Disabled People" accreditation by Jobcentre Plus, often referred to as the "two ticks symbol".
Jobcentre Plus awards the symbol to employers who have made a commitment to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.
These commitments are:
CCG’s Board has twelve members; four tenants, four that have been nominated by Gwynedd Council, and four independent members. The members are from a wide range of backgrounds that collectively bring professional, commercial and local experiences to CCG.
The Board members are legally non executive Directors of CCG. They are responsible for ensuring that CCG is financially viable, and that the organisation complies with legal, statutory and regulatory requirements.
The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the business, focussing on achieving the organisation’s vision statement, the core values and purpose as set out in the Corporate Plan. Also, it is the Board’s overall responsibility to ensure that all promises set out in the Offer Document are achieved.
Board members are volunteers that give their time to work for the benefit of society and the tenants at all times.
Each Board member is expected to keep to the code of conduct.
Being a Board member requires a degree of time commitment, which includes attending meetings, committees and presentations. Board members are given support and are able to take advantage of continuous development opportunities.
Mark is an independent member and Chair of the Board. Mark sits on the Resources Committee, the Customer and Communities Committee and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
Abigail is an independent member and Vice-chair of the Board. She chairs the Customers and Communities Committee and sits on both the Audit and Risk Assurance and the Assets and Infrastructure Committees.
Stephen is a Local Authority nominated Board member. Stephen is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and also sits on the Resources Committee.
Anne is a Local Authority nominated Board member. Anne is the Vice-chair of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee and sits on the Resources Committee.
Berwyn is a Local Authority nominated Board member.
Nia is a Local Authority nominated Board member.
Paula is an independent Board member. Paula is Chair of the Resources Committee and sits on both the Audit and Risk Assurance and the Assets and Infrastructure Committees.
Alan is a tenant Board member. He is the Chair of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee and sits on both the Audit and Risk Assurance and the Customer and Communities Committees.
Robert is an independent Board member. He is the Vice-chair of the Resources Committee and sits on the Customers and Communities, Assets and Infrastructure and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committees.
Dafydd has been co-opted as an independent Board member. Dafydd sits on both the Resources and the Assets and Infrastructure Committees.
CCG is always keen to hear from those who have an interest in joining our Board of Management. We would also be pleased to hear from those that have interests in relevant areas such as housing management, law, finance and construction.
For an informal chat and an information pack please contact Aled Davies, Head of Governance on 0300 123 8084 or e-mail Board@ccgwynedd.org.uk.
Ffrancon worked for Gwynedd Council as Head of Housing Services before joining CCG and lead the stock transfer ballot project team, playing a key role in ensuring a fair vote for tenants.
Before his time at Gwynedd Council, Ffrancon worked in the private sector in a variety of senior roles in the railway infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.
Ffrancon is a graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Sheffield University and studied further at Cranfield University to become a Fellow in Manufacturing Management. He’s a member of the Institute of Operational Management and a member of the Institute of Directors, where he’s an active North Wales Branch member.
Paul joined CCG from Denbighshire County Council where he was Head of Finance and Assets which included responsibility for all of the Council’s financial affairs; its property portfolio of business units, land, farms, public buildings and offices; and running the Council’s Housing Department.
Paul started his career at Wrexham Council where he qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant before moving to work for several large English Councils and Government bodies, returning to work in Wales in 2005. Along the way he gained a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
He has lived in Wales for most of his life and although his Welsh isn’t great, it is improving significantly with the help of everyone at CCG.
Ian is a Chartered Building Surveyor with 30 years experience in surveying, construction and maintenance. His experience spans the housing, retail/commercial, private practice and health sectors.
He started his career in the health service in London in 1985, moving into private practice a few years later. In 1997 he joined Lloyds Pharmacy as Building and Maintenance Manager, overseeing the property issues to their extensive retail and commercial estate. In 2007 he joined Monmouthshire Housing Association as Director of Property Services, during their stock transfer process. Ian led the Property function including the successful completion of the WHQS programme, modernising the in-house contractor, set up a successful development team and managed the HSQE and procurement functions. Ian was also a director of their commercial subsidiary company.
Ian is married with two grown up children and has lived in Wales for the last 19 years.
Sarah worked for Bolton Council as Assistant Director of Neighbourhood & Regulatory Services before joining CCG. Before her time at Bolton Council, she previously worked for Burnley Council and Tameside Council.
As well as being a graduate in Environmental Health & Housing, Sarah is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Environmental Health. Further to her public sector roles, Sarah has also worked in various customer services roles in the private sector.
Sarah is a fluent Welsh Speaker having attended a Welsh medium school and studied further education at Bangor University.
Aled Prys Davies