Our Board

Bringing a wealth of skills and experience to BCHA

Board member vacancies

We are currently looking for motivated individuals to join our Board. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with current or recent senior level experience in health & social care; property development and building; or organisational financial management. This experience could be in the public or private sector.

We actively encourage applications from women, from people from ethnic minorities and from people who perceive themselves to have a disability, as these groups are currently underrepresented on our board.

As a not-for-profit, board membership is unpaid although out of pocket expenses can be reimbursed. In addition to a commitment to attend bi-monthly board meetings (currently weekday evenings in Bournemouth), members are expected to join at least one committee, to attend training and away days (2 per year) as required, and to develop a strong understanding of the business by visiting our services.

If you would like to apply, visit here for more information and please request an application pack from our Company Secretary

Accountability is vital. Our organisational structure includes a Board of Trustees who keep a close eye on our services and values.

Our Board comprises of 12 members; the majority are elected by shareholders at our Annual General Meetings, and there are three Church nominees. Although serving in a voluntary capacity, our Board members possess a balance of skills and experience, from both public and private sectors.   

Peter Hoyle (Chairman)

Peter has been a member of the BCHA Board since January 2010 after working as the Strategic Housing Services Manager at Bournemouth Borough Council between 1969 and 2009. Until last year he was a trustee of the Poole Housing forum and has significant expertise within the housing area, particularly with BCHA’s client groups. 

  Dee O' Neill

Dee has over twenty years’ senior management experience with the construction and development sector, the last ten years of which were working exclusively with affordable housing clients. Dee was one of the founding Board members of Woman in Social Housing (WISH) and currently sits on the south-west regional board of WISH. She recently served as Chair of Greenoak Housing Association and is currently Deputy Chair of Probus Housing Society.

 Paul Dyer

Paul moved to Bournemouth in 1976 after qualifying as a solicitor, subsequently becoming senior conveyancing partner of a local firm of solicitors, and is now a consultant. For thirty years he has been involved in family property letting, management and development companies.  Paul’s interests include nature conservation, literature, cricket and cycling. Paul is a trustee for Vita Nova.

 Mike Jenkins

Mike is a registered nurse and a Member of the Faculty of Health. Until his retirement in April 2013 he was South of England Prison Health Lead. Mike had overall responsibility for the delivery of health care across the prisons in Southern England as well as Immigration Centres and cellular Police custody, suites and court cells. During his long career in Health Mike attained senior professional and management experience with client groups similar to those with whom BCHA works. He has considerable experience in managing, supporting and training staff and a knowledge of the macro finances of a complex set of organisations.

Mike is currently Chairman of RECOOP. 

  Rodger Hawkyard 

 A fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Rodger has spent over 35 years in local government, most recently as Head of Property for Southampton City Council until his retirement in early 2016. This role involved developing the Council’s Corporate Property Strategy and carried responsibility for revenue budgets totalling £37 million per annum and capital budgets totalling £34 million.

Rodger’s senior-level management experience offers strength in change management, strategic and financial management, and all aspects of property management.

Julie Leigh

From 1974 to 2004 Julie was employed by Barclays Bank where she undertook a wide range of activities latterly as Lending Manager lending to business up to £5m turnover. From 2004 to 2009 she worked for Business Link providing help and support for businesses which she continued to do through her own business until 2013. Then until her retirement in 2013 Julie ran her own business offering management networking suppers for women.

Julie sits on the Audit, Risk and Finance committee.

Graham Westwood

Graham is a tenant Board member with over 30 years’ experience of living in the rented sector so brings valuable insight to the work of the Board.   He has served on Youth Offending Team panels dealing with case decisions for young offenders and currently works as a team supervisor for a local cleaning firm. 



Melanie Earnshaw

A qualified lawyer, Melanie is a freelance consultant advising local authorities in employment and governance issues and is an associate trainer with South West Councils. Melanie previously worked for Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset councils most recently planning and implementing joint workforce and governance arrangements for the shared service partnership between the 2 councils.  Previous roles include HR Service Manager, Head of Governance, and Corporate & Housing Services Manager. Melanie is a speaker for Dorset County Council’s Springboard programme for women and has experience of strategy development in housing and homelessness. 


Our Shareholding Membership Policy

If you have an interest in BCHA's work, you can become a shareholding member and will be entitled to vote at our Annual General Meeting. Becoming a shareholder costs £1.

Membership is open to individuals aged 18 years or over, including BCHA residents, as well as organisations. We particularly seek to encourage applications from minority groups.

Applications for shareholding membership, or membership of the Board, may be made in writing, either by letter sent to our Head Office address, or by email. Further information and the BCHA Rules are available from the Company Secretary.

Click here to read our Shareholding Membership Policy.

Code of Governance

In 2010, BCHA formally adopted the National Housing Federation's "Excellence in Governance" code. Click here to view our compliance statement with this Code. If you have any queries about this, please address these to our Company Secretary.

Click here to read our BCHA Governance Framework.

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