Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd is a housing association set up in 2010 following a ‘yes’ vote from Gwynedd Council tenants.
As north Wales’ largest housing association, 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
But we also have properties across the county in towns, villages and rural areas. As part of our housing 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).
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.
CCG will treat everyone in a fair and reasonable way without prejudice or discrimination whilst recognising and embracing individuals and groups from different backgrounds.
Equality and diversity is important to us as we want our services to meet the needs of customers and staff. By understanding the diverse needs of the people we serve we can continuously improve and provide high quality services.
CCG are members of the North Wales Registered Social Landlords Equality Partnership (NWREP), which include
The partnership’s aim is to ensure that there is a regional strategic approach to promoting equality of opportunity.
CCG have also signed up to the CIH Leading Diversity by 2020, taking the lead to create a truly equal and diverse UK housing sector.
We are also members of Tai Pawb, an organisation that promotes equality and social justice in housing in Wales.
To continuously improve our diversity agenda, we need to address a number of issues to ensure that:
The Equality Act 2010
The Act 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:
To this end CCG have produced an Equality and Diversity Annual Review 2017-2018.
From 2017, any organisation that has 250 or more employees must publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap. Below are CCG's figures:
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has achieved OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification for our management systems relating to health, safety, quality and the environment (HSQE).
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". The ISO 9001:2015 certification is a recognised standard of quality assurance, and tells everyone, particularly our customers, that CCG is internationally recognised for having an excellent quality management system.
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
We’re also accredited to ISO 14001:2015, 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
We’re also accredited to 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 our approach and management of health and safety in the workplace and how we manage the risks. Since March 2018 the British Standard is being phased out and replaced by a new international standard ISO 45001. We have started the process of migrating our health and safety management system to the new standard.
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd has signed-up to the Disability Confident scheme, where we ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Our commitments are:
The Board are non-executive Directors of CCG. Our Board Members are from a wide range of backgrounds that collectively bring professional, commercial and local expertise to 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 also responsible for the strategic direction of the business, focussing on achieving the organisation’s visions and values as set out in the Corporate Plan.
Being a Board Member requires a degree of time commitment, which includes attending meetings, committees and training. Board Members are given support and are able to take advantage of continuous development opportunities. CCG is always keen to hear from those who have an interest in joining our Board of Management. For an informal chat please contact Aled Davies, Head of Governance on 0300 123 8084 or e-mail Governance@ccgwynedd.org.uk
Mark Jones is an Independent Board Member. He serves as Chair of the Board, and sits on both Committees, as well as the Appointment, Remuneration & Disciplinary Panel (ARDP).
Berwyn Parry-Jones is a Local Authority nominated Board Member. He is the Chair of the Customer & Assets Committee.
Cai has joined the Board as a Local Authority Board member.
Selwyn Hayward is an Independent Board Member, and serves as Vice Chair of the Audit & Assurance Committee.
Paula Jewson is an Independent Board Member – she sits on the Audit & Assurance Committee, as well as the ARDP.
Robert Lewis is an Independent Board Member. He is the Chair of the Audit & Assurance Committee, and also serves on the ARDP.
Huw Gareth Pritchard is an Independent Board Member – he
sits on the Audit & Assurance Committee.
Hywel Eifion Jones is a Co-opted Board Member – he sits on the Customer & Assets Committee.
Lynn Rowlands is a Tenant Board Member – she sits on the Audit & Assurance Committee.
Linda Campbell is a Tenant Board Member – she sits on the Customer & Assets Committee, and also the ARDP.
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.
Our Executive Leadership team is made up of three directors and the Chief Executive.
Each Director is responsible for one of our Directorates: Resources, Customers and Communities and Assets and Infrastructure.
The Executive Leadership Team sets out the objectives for our Corporate Plan and supports everyone at the organisation to help achieve what we set out to do.
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.
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